literally meaning "The Land of the Five Rivers", was the granary
of undivided India with its burgeoning fields watered by a network of
canals. Much of Punjab came under Pakistan after the partition of India in
1947. Today, its vigorous and prosperous people have spread all over India,
often as transporters and traders associated with motor accessories. The
most distinctive Punjabis are the Sikhs, who were given a martial identity
by their revered gurus who opposed the Mughal oppression of the Hindus.
In spite of the determined industrialization of the state, Punjab is still
a land of large farms, robust food and a healthy zest for life. After
farming hours, the tractor often becomes the family jalopy with the mother
and the kids perched on the mudguards, while the father steps on the diesel.
are the agricultural states of India which do not have
significant importance as far as the tourists are concerned. The people of
these states are considered rough and tough who sweat out during harsh
summer and grow crop. These two states, however, are known for Amritsar and
Chandigarh. The former city, bordering Pakistan boasts of its Golden Temple,
the Sikh Gurudwara, one of the holiest and the seat of the religious body of
Sikhism. Chandigarh, 250 kms from Delhi is one of the most clean and well
planned cities of India. Designed in the early 1950s by the Swiss Architect
Le Corbusier, assisted by Max Fry, Chandigarh is the gateway point for
Simla, Manali & Dharamsala.
Touristic Places in Punjab