The country lanes of Punjab will show you mustard fields, trundling tractors, roadside dhabas, turbaned men reclining on charpoys (bed) and push cart vendors peddling their colourful wares.You will find history, natural beauty, religion and legendary hospitality combined into one. A visit to this particular state transports you to the world of music,dance food and fairs.
Visiting Punjab can be extreme fun for you when the Holla Mohalla festival is around. It is an engaging festival which is followed by entertaining dance and an uncountable number of mouth watering dishes. The festival is celebrated for three consecutive days, in which members of Sikh community display their physical strength by performing dare-devil acts like bareback horse-riding, standing erect on two speeding horses etc. This can leave you spellbound.
While wandering, do visit the hushed serenity of the Golden Temple. The atmosphere of the Temple is magical. Also queuing for Kara parshad (Religious offering)is a unique experience in itself. A hop away from the Golden Temple is Jallianwala Bagh with its own tale of bloodshed. Other important places include Qila mubarak, Baba Farid’s gurudwara at Faridkot and the Sheesh Mahal in Patiala. Just twenty seven kilometers away from Amritsar is the Tarn Taran gurudwara, visiting which can be an enchanting Experience. Do not miss spending time at the Rock garden in Chandigarh. You must also see in Chandigarh the famous architectural design called “Capital Court” by Le Corbusier which includes – Legislative Assembly, Secretariat and High court.The Government museum designed by him is also majestic.
The border ceremony at Atari-Wagah is quite simply a spectacle. The ceremony starts with a blustering parade by the soldiers from both the sides(India-Pakistan), and ends up in the perfectly coordinated lowering of the two nations’ flags. You will see smartly turned out, goose stepping jawans, which will surely drag your attention to the task.
Visiting Punjab and not starting a love affair with the food there is difficult. Everyday recipes are crafted to such perfection that it’s hard to pick a favourite. This land can give you a glad hand while serving Maki di roti and Sarso ka Sang (bread made from maize and vegetable made from Mustard leaves). There is something for every mood and craving here. Those with a sweet tooth might discover heaven here. Make Sure to treat yourself with Moong Halwa (sweet made from green gra) and Kheer (made from boiled rice, milk and sugar). Here you have the Lassi – a savoury drink, sometimes flavoured with ground and roasted cumin, a blend of yogurt, water, spices and sometimes, fruit. It’s a must try!
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