Punjab for Backpackers: The land of abundance

Punjab for Backpackers: The land of abundance
Punjab meaning the land watered by five rivers, is rich, colourful and merry. This home of the happy-go-lucky Sikhs is always bustling with hearty laughter and great food, home grown in their fertile, river watered land. The bright yellow, green, bubble-gum pink and red Sikh turbans enhance their jovial persona.
Punjab for Backpackers: The revered Golden Temple at Amritsar
Punjab for Backpackers: The revered Golden Temple at Amritsar

Punjab for Backpackers

Punjabis are nice, helpful people. They are as hospitable as they are loud. Backpacking though Punjab will be a breeze, as outsiders are very welcomed.

Punjab is abundantly blessed by nature, and produces a fat chunk of the country’s agricultural resources. The work-hard, party-hard Punjabis love a good round of liquor after a hearty chiken tikka masala, at the end of a hard day’s work. Yet, amid all this, religion and spirituality remain fiercely alive, visible at sites such as the Golden Temple, Amritsar.

Haryana

Non noteworthy Haryana split from Punjab in 1966, but shares its capital, Chandigarh. The highlight of Haryana is Kurukshetra, where centuries ago, a legendary good versus evil battle was fought.

Places to visit in Punjab

Here are a few places that should be on your list.

Golden Temple, Amritsar

A golden piece of paradise that fell upon earth; Golden Temple is to Sikhs, as Haj is to Muslims; the journey of a lifetime lived. In the glassy reflection of this visual delight some find hope, yet others – redemption. In this gorgeous golden temple, worship takes an elegant pose, and prayers it seems reach heaven.

Rock Garden, Chandigarh, Punjab
Rock Garden, Chandigarh, Punjab

Chandigarh

Enjoy the compulsively structured modern metropolis of Chandigarh before tripping into the alternate reality of Nek Chand Fantasy rock garden.

Apart from these places, for backpacking interests, Punjab usually acts as a transit point for those on their way to Himachal Pradesh Dharamshala, Manali, Spiti).

Enjoy the land of abundance, food, and laughter!

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