Punjab has always been the smiling face of India. The country side of Punjab is equally enthralling like that of the hospitality showered on you by the Punjabis!
Punjab is not only the Golden temple and the Sikhs... it is much more than that. Sprawling green fields, smiling people, ancient gurudwaras and mosques, along with the wonderful cuisine of the Punjabis with foot tapping folk lore and Bhangra and Giddha dances. Once you leave Punjab, you just want to come back for more.
The Sheesh mahal
The Sheesh Mahal, Patiala is one of the many grand palaces built by the erstwhile rulers. Built by Maharaja Narinder Singh, the palace has a beautiful sparkling artificial lake. The interiors of the palace are decorated with exquisite and intricate mirror work which gives the palace its name.
The Wagah Border:
The final frontier, Wagah about 28 kms from Amritsar is the border crossing between India and Pakistan. The borders are famous for their marching retreat at sunset everyday when a large numbers of tourists come to witness this spectacular site from both the sides. The changing of guards, lowering of flags, everything is done in perfect symphony and harmony from both the sides. One can see the side of Pakistan, once a part of India and the people from the other land to witness the ceremony. As the soldiers from both the countries march in perfect drill one can also feel the national fervour building up at bot the ends.
Twenty kilometer away from Ludhiana is Killa Raipur, which is famous for the Rural Olympics held there. Here, the local population comes to watch the village youth display their sporting skills. The event is held in mid-February.
The Panch mandir:
The beautiful temple located at the distance of around 20 kms from Jalandhar has actually five temples in ne and hence the name. This temple was built by the founder of the the Kapurthala district and is dedicated to various deities.
There are chances that you may witness an impromptu dance performance known as the Bhangra, at any time, anywhere. Bhangra is accompanied by foot tapping music and catchy words. Bhangra is the Zeal with which the people of Punjab live, it is a form of celebration… just anything to celebrate, gives a chance to dance to the beat of the Dholak.