Tourism in Punjab
has been named as
the “Grain House of India” for its huge production of grains but at the same
time this state offers numerous places of attraction to tourists of all ages and
preferences. Whether you want to revisit the history of your country or you would like to
look at some of the best architectural splendors of the past, the state has it all for you.
Parks, gardens, picnic spots, hill stations, museums, monuments, forts and palaces make this
state one of best tourist destinations. Let's first read about the popular cities of Punjab.
Popular Cities of Punjab
The cities of Punjab welcome the tourists with its open arms.
Let’s check out the most popular cities of Punjab:
Amritsar is world famous for the sacred Golden
Temple, one of the most important religious seats of the Sikhs. Amritsar, the city
earlier known as Ramdaspur is also famous for carpets, rugs and other handicraft items.
Amritsar is a
favorite place for the tourists who want to enjoy spirituality, patriotism and fun all in
one place. The city has famous places to visit such as Golden
, Akal Takht, Wagah Border
, Hall Bazar, Tarn Taran, Gobindgarh
Fort, Atari Border Crossing, Gurudwara Pipli Sahib and Maharaja Ranjit Singh Museum to
Located on the southern banks of River Sutlej, Ludhiana is also called the
Manchester of Punjab as it
produces huge numbers of hosiery items. It has also got many tourist places which attract
people from all over the country and also from different parts of the world.
This city has a war memorial named Battle of
Aliwal, Budha Nallah, Clock Tower, Guru Nanak Dev Bhawan, Guru Nanak Stadium, Jama Masjid,
Jassal’s Art Gallery, Killa Raipur and Kwaza Azam Kothi as famous tourist spots.
Chandigarh is the capital city of Punjab State and
is one of the most planned cities of India. The architecture of this
city was designed by Le Corbusier and this city stands as an example of
urbanization and nature conservation being done together. The popular
attractions of Chandigarh are Sukhna Lake, Pinjore Gardens, Chattbir
Zoo, Mansa Mandir, Chandi Mandir, Rock Gardens, Rose Gardens, and
International Dolls Museum, Museums of Evolution, Child Art Gallery,
Open Hand Monument and others.
Origin of Jalandhar has happened from beneath the sea. The city has got
its name from Jalandhar, a demon king. Jalandhar used to be there when Kanishka used to
rule India. Many historic monuments are there in Jalandhar. They are Devi Talab Mandir,
Gurudwara Kartarpur, Shiv Mandir, Tulsi Mandir, Shaheed-e-Azam Sardar Bhagat Singh Museum,
St. Mary’s Cathedral Church and Puspha Gujral Science City.
One of the princely states of northern India,
Patiala has lots to offer to its visitors even now. The city is a heritage city with
numerous historical monuments in and around it. The city itself has been developed around
the famous Qila Mubarak.
The Qila premise is spread over an area of 10 acres and
it has shops and a Shiva Temple within it. Other interesting places to visit in Patiala are
Kali Temple, Gurudwara Dukhniwaran Sahib, Qila Bahadurgarh, and Maiji De Sarai.
Kaputhala used to be known as “Paris of Punjab” and is
popular for its beautifully landscaped gardens and splendid architecture. Even now, tourists
of all genres visit Kaputhala to enjoy numerous tourist attractions. Jagatjit Palace was
the residence of then ruler which is now transformed into a Sainik School. Panj Mandir,
Jagatjit Club, Moorish Mosque, Bardari or Shalimar Garden, State Gurudwara, Nihal Palace,
Devi Bhadrakali Temple and Sadar Bazaar etc. are some of the important tourist spots located
Religious Spots in Punjab
Punjab is a perfect combination of different
religion. You will get to see Sikhs, Hindus, Muslims and Christians in different parts of
Punjab. The state has
numerous temples, gurudwaras, churches and mosques and many of them belong to them are
decades old. These religious places are not only significant in terms of history and
religion but get numerous visitors for their splendid architectures. Punjab State houses numerous temples that are
scattered all over the state.
Some of them are Durgiana Temple, Maiser Khana
Mandir, Chandi Mandir, Lal Devi Mata Temple, Ram Tirth, Mansa Devi Temple, Jama Masjid
Khairuddin, Jama Masjid, Moorish Mosque, Aqsa Mosque Gurdaspur, Mubarak Mosque, St.
Mary’s Cathedral Church, Holy Cross Church, St. Paul’s Church, Christ King
Church Sahnewal, The Golden Temple, Damdama Sahib, Tarn Taran,
Goindwal Sahib, Nana Sahib Gurudwara, Khadur Sahib at Goindwal, Baba Bakala Gurudwara, Dera
Baba Nanak Gurdaspur, Takht Sri Kehpur Sahib, Gurudwara Kiratpur Sahib, Gurudwara Manji
and many more!!!
Read in Detail Here: Religious Spots in Abohar | Gurudwaras in
Ajitgarh | Religious Spots in Amritsar | Religious Spots in Barnala | Religious Spots in
Batala | Religious Places in Bathinda | Religious Spots in Moga
Historical Monuments of Punjab
Punjab State is better known for its numerous
historical monuments and all of them depict the glorious history and rich heritage of this
region. Punjab being under
the control of different rulers like the Hindus, the Sikhs, the Mughals and the British,
monuments of Punjab are
having blending of architecture of different types making them very significant from
technical and historical point of view. Historical monuments in Punjab include Forts, Palaces, Mausoleums, and
War Memorials. Get to know about different historical monuments of Punjab below:
Palaces of Punjab
Palaces of historical importance are numerous in Punjab. These palaces still have
the evidences of royal glory and elegance. The interiors and architecture of these palaces
attract history lovers and tourists of all types. Find here the information about the
various palaces of Punjab:
Old Motibagh Palace Patiala
This palace was one of the largest residential places
in whole Asia. The building is situated amidst of beautifully decorated lawns and
landscapes. The architecture has the mixture of Mughal and Rajput Styles and is constructed
with rose-pink colored sandstone. This palace is also famous for its Sheesh-Mahal and Darbar
Bardari Palace Patiala
This modest palace has the blending of Mughal and Sikh
architecture. There are 12 bardari or pavilions in this palace and it attracts flocks of
visitors from all over the world. The palace which was created by the erstwhile ruler
Maharaha Ranjit Singh is now turned into a heritage hotel.
Forts of Punjab
Punjab Region has got many forts that were
constructed and occupied by rulers of different dynasties. These forts were not only the
residential places of the rulers of that time but also used as the place to watch the
enemies and fight against them. The famous forts of Punjab are:
This fort is located only 6 KM away from Patiala and is about 123 years old. It construction started under the
rule of Nawab Saif Khan in the year 1658. The fort is fortified with
moat having water. The moat has a width of 58 feet and depth of 25 feet.
This fort is located at Anandpur Sahib and is now
transformed into an important seat of Sikhism called Keshgarh Sahib.
The fort was
built under the supervision of Guru Gobind Singh Ji.
It was basically built to
be used to protect Sikhs against the Mughals.
Androon Fort is also known as Qila Mubarak and used to be the
residential house of the Royal Family of Patiala. This fort has the blending of Mughal and
Rajasthani architecture. The fort houses Sheesh Mahal, Jalau Khana, Chand Mahal, Toshakhana
and Rang Mahal and a prison. Many rooms of this fort got decorated with frescos, gilts and
This is one of the ancient forts of Punjab
and is known for playing important role in
the struggle for freedom.
Other forts in Punjab are Phiilaur Fort (Maharaja Ranjit Singh
Fort) and Shahpur Kandi Fort.
Mausoleums of Punjab
Punjab State has mausoleums of many important
people especially the Muslim Saints. These places are considered as very sacred places and
people of all religions visit these mausoleums to seek blessings and attain spiritual
experience. Mausoleums of Imam Nasir
in Jalandhar, Pir-I-Dastgir at Ludhiana, Baba Hazi
Rattan Pir Tomb Bathinda, are some of the famous mausoleums of Punjab State.
Hill Station of Punjab
Pathankot is the only hill station of this state:
Pathankot in Punjab
Located at an elevation of 1086 ft from above the sea level, Pathankot was established by Guru Nanak Dev Ji. It is important getaway for the people
traveling to Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab and Himachal Pradesh. The city is located
at the foothills of Dalhousie and Kangra and has got Chakki River very close to it. Many
consider this hill station as a resting place before they head towards higher altitude
places like Kangra, Chamba and Dalhousie in Himachal Pradesh. Pathankot is also famous for
many tourist attractions like Nurpur Fort, Keshopur Chaamb, Ranjit Sagar Dam, Shahpurkandi
Fort, and Shiva Temple. Pathankot is very well linked through rail, road and air services. Pathankot is an important railway junction of Indian Railway and it has got link with the
Kangra Valley Railway. Regular Bus services are there linking Pathankot with Dharamsala in
Himachal Pradesh and Amritsar in Punjab.
Parks and Gardens in Punjab
Punjab offers many entertainment and amusement
parks and beautiful gardens. People get to enjoy modern rides in these amusement and water
parks. Gardens of Punjab
are beautifully landscaped and have numerous species of plants and trees. Get to know about
various parks and gardens of Punjab below:
Dhillon Fun World Patiala
This is a wonderful water and amusement park that was
setup in 2005. The park has many modern rides for kids like Revolving Tower, Caterpillar,
Monorail Train, and Dragon Train. The water park has wave pool, family pools, dance floors
and slides like Speed slides, Giant slide, tube slide and Anaconda Hole.
Nikku Park Jalandhar
This amusement park is located in Jalandhar and is famous for
its numerous rides like cups and saucers, toy train, roller coaster. In the middle of the
park, there is a water pool. The park being located near Model Town Market, people enjoy
outing and shopping together. Children enjoy looking at rabbits and ducks kept here.
Jallianwala Bagh Amritsar
This is an internationally famed garden which is better
known for martyrs who were killed during a peaceful meeting in the year 1919. The park has a
stupa at the entrance of this park which was built in 1951.
The park also has a huge well and at the end of the park
there is a huge memorial built to show respect to the martyrs.
Nehru Rose Garden Ludhiana
This rose garden is spread over an area of 30 acres and
houses about 1600 species of roses. The park has more than 17,000 species of plant. The park
was setup in 1967 and is beautifully landscaped. The park has musical fountains and jogging
trails. This garden is ranked as the largest rose garden in whole Asia.
Hardy’s World Ludhiana
It is a wonderful water park and amusement place
located on Jalandhar-Ludhiana Raod. Exciting activities and rides keep attracting the kids
to this park and even adults like to come here to enjoy rides like body slide, rain pool and
family slide. The park houses restaurants offering cuisines of all types. Rides like Aero
Plane, Merry-go-Round, Water Shoot, Caterpillar, and Kid’s Cars are also available
Zakir Hussain Rose Garden Chandigarh
Zakir Hussain Rose Garden,
the largest rose garden in entire Asia, is located in Sector 16. The
garden is spread over an area of 30 acres. It houses more than 16,000
species of roses and has got more than 50,000 rose plants. Every year,
the Garden Rose Festival is organized here.
Rock Garden Chandigarh
one-of-its-kinds garden was created by Nek Chand Saini in 1958.
artifacts of this garden are created with various waste materials like
cans, broken plates, bangles, saucers and others.
Many statues of animal
and human figures in this park have been created with broken pieces of
ceramics, glass and other materials.
Leisure Valley Chandigarh
Valley, a popular garden of Chandigarh located in Sector 1, is visited
by hundreds of people daily. This garden has got walking trails and
jogging tracks. Many come here to do yoga and enjoy horse driving.
Botanical Garden Chandigarh
beautiful garden of Chandigarh is located in Sector 1. The total area
of this garden is about 88 acres and people get to see many rare plant
species here. Other attractions are rockeries and lily pools.
Other famous parks
and gardens of Punjab are
Botanical Garden Ludhiana, Baradari Gardens Patiala, Nehru Park Abohar, Ludhiana Leisure Valley Park,
and Shaheed Bhagat Singh Park Faridkot.
Picnic Spots in Punjab
Punjab offers wonderful places for the locals and
the tourists to organize picnics and outings especially on weekends or holidays. These
places offer rides for the kids and many other activities for the adults so that visitors
can have some of the memorable hours of their life in these picnic spots. Read about these
picnic spots given below:
Ram Bagh Amritsar
Ram Bagh is a famous garden that has been constructed during the
rule of Maharana Ranjit Singh. The garden has become a popular picnic spot and the palace
located within the park attracts numerous visitors for its architectural marvel.
Chetak Park Bathinda
Chetak Park is a popular place for picnics
and outings. The park has a beautifully landscaped garden and boating
facility in the lake. There are numerous types of plants in this garden
which visitors would definitely love to watch.
This garden is also popular as Yadavindra
and is situated about 20 KM away from Chandigarh City.
It is located on
Chandigarh-Panchkula Road. The garden is very famous picnic spot for
the people of the surrounding areas.
The garden occupies about 100 acres
of area and has got beautiful fountains and pavilions. It houses a mini
zoo, old palaces, a plant nursery and many picnic lawns.
There is a
guest house within the park premise.
Fairy Cottage Faridkot
Faridkot has a beautiful picnic spot Fairy Cottage located on
Chahal Road. This cottage is located at a distance of 7 KM from Faridkot City and was
constructed in 1910 – 1911 by Maharaja Brijender Singh. People from the surrounding
areas and also from far off places come here to enjoy outings.
Wonderland Amusement Park Jalandhar
This family park is one of the most popular
entertainment destination and picnic spots of Punjab
. This was established in the year 1008 and
is spread over an area of 11 acres. The amusement park has a water park too which remains
closed during winter months. Interesting things to see here are Horror House, Jurassic
Coaster, Swing Chairs, Flying Dragon, Wonder Fish, Play House, and Rambo Train.
Museums of Punjab
Museums are there in many cities of Punjab. Some of them are exclusive ones where
people get to see particular kind of exhibits only. These museums have been the best places
to know this region and to see and feel how rich culture and heritage of Punjab Region is getting
preserved. Find here the information about different museums of Punjab:
Museum of Rural Life of Punjab
This museum is located in the premise of Punjab
Agricultural University and not-to-be-missed place for the tourists. The museum depicts the
rural life of Punjab
and has many artifacts like coins and utensils belonging to Harappan Era. This museum
is famous for different types of Bronze utensils.
Maharaja Ranjit Singh War Museum Ludhiana
This museum is also known as Uppal Museum
and was opened in the year 1999. The two most important sections of this museum are
Historical Gallery and Kargil Gallery. The entrance of Uppal Museum has a big statue of
Maharja Ranjit Singh Ji. This museum has many artifacts related to wars including weapons,
tanks, Aircrafts etc. The historic gallery has the information about great fighters of Punjab
Soil Museum Ludhiana
This is one of its kind museums where visitors get to know
about soils of different types. Here in this museum, visitors get o see the soil maps of
and India, soil
profile of this state, specimens of different types of minerals and soils. This museum is
often visited by students, officials from Department of Agriculture and young farmers.
Archaeological Site Museum Sanghol
This museum, located about 40 KM from Ludhiana
in the west
is known for its wonderful artifacts of yesteryears.
Many items belonging to
Harrapan Era are kept here.
You will get to terra cotta items, jewelry items,
human figurines, potteries, coins and other interesting items belonging to ancient India.
Shahed-e-Azam Bhagat Singh Museum Khatkar Kalian
This museum named after the great
martyr of India, Bhagat Singh, was opened for the public in 1981, 23rd March. The museum is
located in the ancestral village of Bhagat Singh and is about 55 KM away from Jalandhar
100 KM away from Chandigarh
. Many important documents and exhibits belonging to Indian
Freedom Struggle are kept here. They are- A Bhagawat Geeta signed by Bhagat Singh, personal
items of Sardar Ajit Singh, pen that was used to sign the death sentence of Bhagat Singh,
and his associates Sukhdev and Rajguru.
International Dolls Museum
Located at Sector 23 in Chandigarh
City, this Dolls Museum has more than 300 dolls from different countries
across the globe e.g. Denmark, Russia, Korea, Germany etc. This museum
is a favorite place for children. The museum has dolls from various
states of India.
Museum of Evolution of Life
This museum was opened for public in
the year 1973. It is located in Sector 10 and is one of its kinds in
entire Asia. The museum takes visitors on a journey of Evolution of the
Earth and evolution of species. The museum is opened from 10 AM to 5 PM
on all days of the week except holidays.
Wildlife in Punjab
Most of the land area of Punjab
State is used for agricultural purposes
and that is why many parts of forest land have been lost. Still Punjab
has diverse flora and fauna and they are
getting conserved in different National Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries of this state. Apart
from having animals like Elephant, Deer, Black Bug, this state also has many endangered
species like Pangolin, Indus River Dolphin, and Otters etc. Read below to know about
different National Parks, Wildlife Sanctuaries and zoos located in Punjab
Kanjli Wetland Kapurthala
This streamlet offers
panoramic landscapes and a dense forest surrounding the streamlet has diverse flora and
fauna. Kanjli Wetland
is located only 5 KM away from Kaputhala Town. Varieties
of migratory birds can be seen in this wetland that covers about 50 acres area.
Visitors can enjoy boating in the lake.
Abohar Black Bug Sanctuary
This sanctuary exclusively meant for the State Animal of
, Black Bug, occupies
about 18,650 hectares of land. Here more than 4000 Black Bugs are present and they can be
seen wandering through villages located within the sanctuary area.
Hari-ke-Pattan Wetland and Wildlife Sanctuary
Located on the convergence of Sutlej
and Beas Rivers of, this wetland is spread over 4,100 hectares. Many residential and
migratory birds can be seen here and it is one of the best places to visit for the nature
Bir Motibagh Sanctuary
What used to be one of the
best hunting grounds for the rulers of Patiala
has gained the status of Sanctuary after
Varieties of animals and birds found here are Chital, Wild Boar,
Hog Deer, Jackal, Myna, Partridge, Peafowl, and Quail etc.
Bir Bhunerheri Wildlife Sanctuary
This once hunting ground of Patiala
been given the status of Wildlife Sanctuary in 1972 and is spread over an area of 661
hectares. Many types of deer can be seen here. The sanctuary has a long road passing through
it and it divides the sanctuary into two different parts.
This wetland which is spread over an area of 1365 hectares is a man-
made wetland having fresh water. This place is also known for its scenic beauty as it is
fringed by beautiful Shivalik Hills. Regular and rare birds are seen here in this wetland.
This Zoological Park is also known as Mahendra Chaudhary Zoological
Park and is the home of many endangered species. This zoo is located about 55 KM from Patiala
Things to Do in PunjabPunjab
has exotic restaurants, shopping malls,
traditional shopping areas and markets, beautiful tourist places and monuments to have fun.
Visitors would enjoy shopping exclusive handloom items of Punjab
and taste the delicacies of Punjab
Shopping in Punjab
and not doing shopping there is something
which you can’t even imagine. Punjab
is famous for its unique handloom art.
Embroidery works of Punjab
also called Phulkari is a collectible item. Phulkari sarees, dupattas, dress materials, bed
sheets are bought by the tourists during their visit. Another must-buy item is Punjabi Jutti
which looks elegant and beautiful. Visitors get these exotic local items from traditional
shops. There are shopping plazas in various parts of Punjab
from where people could buy branded
Eating Out in Punjab
Trying out delicious local cuisines of Punjab
is what you must do during your Punjab
is famous for all types of
parathas, sargo-da-saag and lassi. You must try out these dishes while you are in Punjab
. Malai Tea is another
refreshing drink that will make you feel reenergized. Some of the best restaurants to try
out all types of delicious foods are Kesar da Dhaba, Brothers’ Dhaba, Yellow Chilli,
Thai Chi etc. Pizza House and Café Coffee Day in Amritsar
offer good quality pizzas
and coffee so that visitors can enjoy having snacks there.
Sightseeing in Punjab
Many famous places of Punjab
are must-to-visit for the tourists. These
are temples, gurudwaras, zoos, sanctuaries, monuments, gardens, parks, forts, palaces, and
lakes. Adventure seekers and sport lovers like to visit Killa Raipur to witness Rural
Olympics where varieties of sports events are organized. Bullock Car Race, Dog Race, Camel
Race, Tug-of-War, Tractor Race etc. are some of sports events organized here and more than
4000 people participate in these events. You can witness this spectacular event held only 15
KM away from Ludhiana
if you plan your Punjab
Visit during February Month.
Accommodations in PunjabPunjab
being one of the most important tourist
spots and business hubs of north India, varieties of accommodation facilities are available
in this state. Budget hotels are there to cater people with tight budgets and for those who
are planning for longer stay in this state. Luxury hotels, Resorts & Spas are there in
some cities of Punjab
cater guest who are looking for luxurious and comfortable stay.
Here are the details of
some of the hotels in Punjab:
Hotel Pearl Inn and Suites AmritsarAddress:
3 A Hotel Lane
Bar and Restaurant Jalandhar
Old Court Road
Plaza Chowk Phone No.: 0181 222 5844
Hotel Skylark and Restaurant Jalandhar
Circuit House RoadPhone No.: 0181 222 5221
Blu Hotel Ludhiana
RoadPhone No: 0161
Hotel Nagpal Regency Ludhiana
Box No: 2610
RoadPhone No.: 9217 525 939
Paul’s ChurchPhone No.: 0183 256 6992Punjab
also has some luxurious resorts where
guests could enjoy heavenly stay. Far away from the hustle bustle of the city, these resorts
help the guests to have ultimate salvation of body and mind both.Kang’s
Nirvana Resorts & Spa
On Una - Mahilpur Road
Kikar Lodge Ludhiana
, Grand Lily Resort Jalandhar
Garden Resort Patiala
, Walla Resort Pathankot
and Jagat Resorts Mansa are some of the other
resorts of Punjab
Get the Full Lists Here: Hotels
in Abohar | Hotels in Ajitgarh | Resorts in
Amritsar | Accommodations in Barnala | Hotels in Bathinda
| Hotels in Hoshiarpur | Accommodation in Jalandhar | Hotels in Khanna | Hotels in Ludhiana | Hotels in Moga | Hotels in Pathankot
Best Time to Visit PunjabPunjab
enjoys three seasons which are winter,
monsoon and summer. Each season enhances the beauty of Punjab
State in its own way and tourists can
year. The best time to visit Punjab
is from October to March. In October
winter starts in many parts of Punjab
. The weather remains bearable till
November end but in December and January, the state has chilly winters. During December and
January temperature becomes 12oC in the morning and dips down below 0oC at night in some
parts of the state. From October – March, the weather remains pleasant and tourists
could the most during this period. During this time, important festivals and fairs of Punjab
get organized i.e. Holla
Mohalla, Lohri, Dussehra.
How to Reach Punjab
Punjab has emerged as one of the most significant
tourist destinations and at the same time has placed itself in the list of some of the most
economically developed places of India. People keep coming here for visiting various places
of interest and also for business and other purposes. This state can be reached by all modes
Road Transport is highly developed and well built road network and
availability of public and private bus services help people reach easily to Punjab from different parts of
north India. Most of the places of north and east India are well linked to Punjab State through National
Highway No. 1 or Grand Trunk Road.
Rail Services link Punjab
with almost all parts of India. Mail,
Express, Superfast and Passenger trains are plenty in numbers to link Punjab and rest of India. Major railway stations
of this state are Amritsar, Ludhiana, Chandigarh, Pathankot and Jalandhar.
of Punjab has two important
airports situated at Amritsar and Chandigarh. Pathankot in Punjab also had an airbase but it is not being
used since 2008. Almost all the major airlines have their flights connecting Chandigarh and
airports to other major airports of India.
Local Transports in Punjab are autorickshaws, taxis, jeeps and
private vehicles. Buses both private and public run frequently connecting various cities and
towns of the state and the surrounding places. Fact File of PunjabBest Time to Visit:
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