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Wednesday, 26 March 2014

India Begins Here at Punjab

Punjab, a home to five rivers is bordered by the Indian states; Himachal Pradesh to the east, Haryana to the south and southeast, Rajasthan to the southwest as well as Pakistani province of Punjab to the west. Punjab is certainly a primarily agricultural state and enjoys the natural benefits of fertile soils and abundant waters.

Embroidered with a distinct blend of rural and urban flavours, the land of heritage, architecture and nature has a lot to offer to a tourist eye. The Government of Punjab, to enhance rural tourism, has identified a cluster of four villages on the banks of river Sutlej.

Punjab is widely famous for its spicy, enriched with love food and no other food can out-do cuisines of Punjab. It has an enormous variety of mouth-watering vegetarian as well as non-vegetarian delicacies. The spice content ranges from minimal to pleasant to high, depending on the persons taste. Punjabi dishes like Palak Paneer, Rajma Chawal, Chhole Bhature are all relished by people of all communities.

Aqsa Mosque, located in Qadian, is a huge attraction in terms Islamic community. It was built in 1876 and is the first ever Ahmadiyya mosque. It has only three walls with houses starting right next to it. Qadian is a blooming city full of shopping destinations even Bahishti Maqbarah also witnesses’ high tourist attractions.

It has a unique legacy with a host of Gurudwaras, forts, history of Sikhism. Also, the Government of Punjab has identified a cluster of four villages on the banks of river Sutlej, to enhance rural tourism and has come up with a plan to connect six historical cities by road; Mega Darbar Circuit. Even though, Punjabis account for less than 2.5% of the Indian population, they are one of the most prosperous races in India. Their per capita income is twice the national average. Amritsar, the capital is among the most cherished sites in the world. Amidst it stands variety of tourist destinations without which your trip cannot be over.

GOLDEN TEMPLE

Sri Harminder Sahib, delineated as “Golden Temple” is the major pilgrimage destination around the world. The most sacred Sikh shrine is covered with real gold and is surrounded by a ‘holy tank’ consisting of ‘immortal nectar’. Midnight provides a stunning view of the temple with its reflection in the “Amrit Sarovar”. The four gates for entrance symbolize the openness of the Sikhs towards all people and religions. The main entrance has verses from the Guru Granth Sahib inscribed on the doorway; also the north entrance is under a Victorian clock tower known as the Darshani Deori. The Gurudwara is a two storey marble structure reached by a causeway known as Guru’s Bridge. The architecture of the Gurudwara is a blend of Hindu and Muslim art. Adjacent to the Gurudwara the Jallianwala Bagh came into being as a historic spot when a horrific shootout by a British General took place killing hundreds of innocent people and number of people jumped into a well to escape the firing. The place reminds one of the terror and insanity of East India Company and Punjab’s sacrifice to the struggle for freedom of India.

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