Punjab, the land of five rivers and astounding cultural history is located in the north west of India. Popularly referred to as the "Granary of India", it is the second largest producer of major agricultural products in the country. Punjab is renowned for its sports and hosiery goods industry. It is one of the most prosperous states of India in terms of infrastructure and per capita income. The charming cities and towns of Punjab are dotted with numerous ancient monuments, gurudwaras, temples, ashrams, serene lakes, sacred shrines, museums, and wildlife sanctuaries, which are home to many rare species of animals and migratory birds.
Tourism in Punjab
Punjab in India is the perfect tourist destination renowned for its cuisine, culture and history. Tourism in Punjab is ideally suited for tourists interested in ancient civilization, heritage, culture, and spirituality. Punjab tourism department has taken several initiatives to encourage the promotion and growth of tourism in Punjab. The major cities of Punjab, which include Amritsar, Jalandhar, Chandigarh, Ropar, Bhatinda, Pathankot, Muktsar, Hoshiarpur, Fatehgarh Sahib, Patiala and Kapurthala, are developed as the prime tourist circuits by Punjab tourism. In order to popularize the rich art and culture of Punjab, the Department of Tourism Punjab India organizes folk shows and cultural programs every year, which draw a large number of domestic and international tourists. Punjab tourism also puts lot of efforts to promote the traditional and local handicrafts, handlooms and, the cuisine of Punjab, India. The Punjab India tourism information centers located at various cities in Punjab and across the country provide information about Punjab travel destinations, tourist attractions, transportation, accommodation and many other important travel tips. Tourists can also buy informative Punjab tourism guide, maps, brochures, and travel booklets at nominal rates from these tourist reception centers.
Best time to visit Punjab
The best time to visit Punjab is in the spring, from February to April, and in the autumn, from September to November.
Tourist Attractions Punjab
Golden Temple, Wagah Border, Quila Mubarak, Jallianwalah Bagh, Art Gallery at Sheesh Mahal, Sukhna lake, Gurudwara Bhabour Sahib Purana Quila, Asafwala War Memorial, Bhakra Nangal Dam, Hussaini Wala Border in Ferozpur, Mehdiana Sahib Gurudwara and Shahpur Kandi fort are some of the major tourist attractions in Punjab that are not to be missed out during a tour to Punjab. The important travel destinations in Punjab are Chandigarh, Amritsar, Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Roopnagar, Hoshiarpur, Kapurthala, Faridkot, Bhatinda, Moga, Sangrur, Sirhand, Gurdaspur, Patiala, Muktsar, that are replete with numerous places of interest.
How to reach Punjab
Punjab has two airports located at Chandigarh and Amritsar. Al most all-important airlines operate regular flights to both of these airports connecting them to major cities of India.
Travel to Punjab by Rail: Punjab is well linked to other parts of India by extensive railway network. Chandigarh, Ludhiana, Amritsar, Jalandhar, and Pathankot are the major railway stations in the state, which are served many important trains.
Travel to Punjab by Road: An excellent network of roads and state highways connect all-important cities of Punjab. The National highways NH1 or the Grand Trunk Road link the state directly to most of the significant places in northern and eastern India.
Travel in Punjab
A wide range of road transport, including taxis, tempos, private and the state owned bus are available in the city.