Know More about State Punjab

About the State : Punjab, the land of Five rivers is the richest state in India. The word Punjab is a combination of two Persian words 'Panj'(five) and 'Aab'(water). The five rivers flowing here are Beas, Sutlej, Ravi, Chenab, Jhelum. Punjab is also known as the Food Basket and Granary of India. It has a long history and rich cultural heritage. The earliest human civilization Indus Valley Civilization (Harappa civilization ) is believed to have been established in this region. Chandigarh is the state capital. Punjabi is the state language.
Major cities

Must see Places : Amritsar: Golden Temple, Lakshmi Narain Temple, Wagah Border (The pageant of the beating of the retreat and the change of guard of the Indian and Pakistani forces makes the most charming of the spectacles as a daily evening drill), Jallian Wala Bagh, the Martyr’s Memorial (which depicts the brutal killings of the innocents by the British). During summer it is open to tourists from 9 am to 5 pm and in winters from 10 am to 4 pm. Ram Bagh, Ram Tirath, Samadhi of Guru Angad Dev Ji, Jama Masjid Khairuddin, Samadh of Shravan, Khoo Kalyanwala, The Historical Banyan Tree (Shaheedi Bohr)
Chandigarh : Rock Garden, Sukana lake, Pinjore Gardens, and Rose Gardens better known as Zakir Hussain Rose Garden, is the largest rose garden in entire Asia and features a stunning range of over 1600 rose species.
Patiala is renowned for its palaces, museums, sports, cuisine, fashionware. Malerkotla is famous for embroidery , insignias and handiwork artifacts. Fatehgarh Sahib and Sirhind nearby have several historical buildings, especially of the Muslim era. Chandigarh is an ideal starting point for visiting Punjab.  Read More....

Best eating Joints : Relish the Punjabi cuisine at these places
Pure Vegetarian Dhaba
Bharawan Ka Dhaba (Brother Dhaba)
Kesar ka Dhaba
Kundan Da Dhaba
Non Vegetarian Dhaba
Surjeet Ka Dhaba – Famous for Amritsari Machchi (Fry Fish)
Pal Ka Dhaba – Famous for Chicken and Kharore (Goat Feet dish)
Bhire ka Dhaba – Famous for Grill and Tandoori Chicken
Kulcha Land
Oka Cafe
Crystal Restaurant
Narula’s Restaurant
Hot Mirchi, Ranjit Avenue

Famous Amritsari Sweet Shops
Amritsar is one of the highest consumption of Desi (Pure) Ghee in India. Some famous shops are :
Bikaner Sweets, Kacheri Chownk
Munim Di Hatti, Lawrence Road
Bansal Sweet Shop, Lawrence Road
Novelty Sweets , Lawrence Road
Goenka Sweets, Katra Ahluwalia
Khubi Halwali , Katra Ahluwalia (Famous for Desi Ghee’s Jalebi)

What to buy where: Punjab is famous for its durries, jutties, woolen shawls, inlaid furniture, phulkari work, parandis, sport goods, leather garments and the jewelry.
Visit local Bazar in Amritsar. The main shopping areas are the Hall Bazar, Katra Jaimal Singh and Lawrence Road. Several shops outside Golden Temple sell all kinds of souvenirs such as photo’s, paintings, ornaments and even knives, swords and shields.
The main attractions are woolens, carpets and blankets, besides juttis and embroidered stuff. The bazaars of Amritsar offer a range of traditional and modern wares from carpets, durries, kites, fireworks, bangles, shawls to cut-glass and woolen textiles.

99% of the world’s wooden chess is made in Amritsar ! Go to Focal Point (industrial Area) and you’ll find many small houses who make chess boards.
You can buy Wooden Chess, Camel Bone Chess, Artistic Chess, Chess Boards, Chess Boxes
What to pay: from Rs. 50 to Rs. 3000 depending on the size.
Chandigarh's Sector 17 has everything to offer to satisfy one's shopping desires. Branded showrooms, fashionable clothing stores, shoes, electronics, jewelry, books etc. Do visit Khadi Ashram for homespun textiles and herbal beauty products. Phulkari is a Punjab Govt. Emporium with everything from handicrafts to jootis, woolen shawls, scarves and beautiful bedspreads. Jalandhar is famous for leather items and thus has a wide array of leather goods, which one can conveniently find at almost any shop. Popularly known as the Sports Capital of India, it has wide variety of sports goods for the sports lovers
The most popular shops that sell traditional items include Oriental Crafts, Prince Glass Corner, Taj Handicrafts, Janta Textiles and Handicrafts, Loveleen Handicraft, Pacca Bagh and Jaina Crafts.Basketry and wood works are other items that one can shop for, in Jalandhar.

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