Punjab is the state that is situated in the north-west region of country, India and has been known to have been seat of myriad important events, which are much talked about in history of India. Who does not know about the black day on which the Jallianwala baug massacre had taken place? Who does not know the much exaggerated golden temple standing in Amritsar and number of important events, credit for which revolves round it. Come on Punjab tourism and marvel at the number of awe-inspiring sites here.
History of Punjab:
Documented history of Punjab begins from year 327 BC, when the army of Alexander lunches an attack on this regions, which had been those days under the reign of Porus and this battle Porus had been defeated. After that, this region had to witness series of foreign invasions. Several Muslim invaders permeated into this region from central Asia and other neighboring countries and stripped it of its all wealth. Guru nanak Dev is said to have founded the religion of Sikhism. He had grudge against the many baseless and irrational practices that ran rampart in Hinduism like rigid caste system and number of complicated Hindu rituals. Guru nanak dev and his followers brought about great transformation in the region of Punjab and made much contributions to establish the faiths of Sikhism among their followers. Nevertheless, eventually they had fallen in serious conflicts with the Muslim rulers of the time, which continued for longer span of time.
Sightseeing in Punjab:
When in Punjab, the most spectacular site to pay a visit to is the golden temple. This temple stands at the bank of Amrit Sarovar, in Amritsar. The dome of the temple is coated in gold and the grandeur of this refulgent coating is potent enough to leave the tourists agape. The whole city of Amritsar developed around this temple which was originally named as Sri Harmandir sahib and it stands as the identity of Sikhs, who nurture the great length of reverence for this temple. Another major tourist place is Chandigarh that is the joint capital of Punjab and Haryana and has a basketful of tourist places to visit in Punjab. Another attraction incorporated in the list of tourist places in Punjab is Wagah border that divides India from Pakistan. One of the most spectacular scenes to give a watch is the awe-inspiring lowering of flags ceremony that is held every eventide, with the sun gearing to drown in west. This ceremony is held at the India and Pakistan border gates in the Wagah region of Punjab to watch which, the massive crowd gathers. This ceremony continues being observed at the Wagah border since the year of 1959. The soldiers of both the country exhibit the great level of performance that is absolutely unflawed in every move that they make and remarkable wave of gusto reflects from their moves.
Do not forget to pay a visit to Jallianwala bagh. This is the bagh where the great tragedy had occurred in year 1999. On 13 April 1919, the whimsical and callous hearted General O’Dawyer turns berserk ordering his troops to fire indiscriminately on thousands of unequipped innocent people who had gathered there merely to celebrate the traditional festive day of Baishakhi. This incident resulted in loss of lives of thousands of people, leaving an indelible scar of slavery in the heart of country, India. There are number of exciting activities to do in Punjab that include visiting the historically significant places like Jallianwala baug, mountain biking, bird watching, boat riding, horse and camel safari, and the kind. Most of these activities can be enjoyed in the capital city of Punjab i.e. Chandigarh.
A tour to any place would not be complete until something linked with the place is brought along with while on way back and as far as shopping in Punjab is concerned there are basketful of things that can shopped for like ‘jutties’ salwar kameezes with the phulkari embroidery, varieties of bedspreads and cushions embroidered with the exotic designs, woolen garments and hosiery, carpets, dhurries, parandis, punjabi shawls and many other such items can be bought. Finding hotels in Punjab would never be a difficult task as they dot aplenty all the across particularly in the city of Amritsar ranging from deluxe and luxurious ones to the budget hotels. Also, one can make the free sojourn in the golden temple with availability of the basic amenities.
Best time to visit in Punjab:
Trip to Punjab can be undertaken when the climate is cold that is between the months of October and March.