Things to do in Punjab?

#1 Jan 9th, 2014, 19:18
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My plan's obviously to check out Amritsar (Golden Temple), Jallianwala Bagh (which are said to be nearby) and The Wagah Border. Any other places?

Also, how far's Wagah Border form Amritsar? Is there public transportation connecting it to the city?
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As soon as you get near the Golden Temple, you will have cab drivers chanting "Wagah border Wagah border" to you. There are more than enough shared cabs that go to Wagah border from the Amritsar. The key is to make sure your cab leaves really early. They ll keep saying " Arre sir we have enough time". But the palce gets really crowded, so you have to get to the gates well beofre time if you wanna get a decent view of the ceremony. (Get a seat near the border gates).

You are right about the Jalianwala Baug, its just a minute away from the Golden Temple.

Walking in the old lanes of Amritsar around the Golden Temple, is itself an interesting experience.
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Sadly I only stayed in Amritsar for a couple of days, but the Golden Temple is worth a few hours of your time. I spent quite some time just sitting inside listening to the chanting - very moving.

My suggestion is a bit silly as it's a four hour train ride away, but Chandigarh was interesting for it's Le Corbusier design but most of all for Nek Chand's Rock Garden. Amazing.
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Originally Posted by Jeffy John View Post My plan's obviously to check out Amritsar (Golden Temple), Jallianwala Bagh (which are said to be nearby) and The Wagah Border. Any other places?

Also, how far's Wagah Border form Amritsar? Is there public transportation connecting it to the city?
Depends which city are you in.

Do visit Chandigarh and see Sukhna Lake,Rock Garden,Rose Garden, Sec17 market.

Also do checkout this new marvel which few people know till now called Virasat-e-Khalsa which means "Heritage of Sikhism"


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Amritsar to Wagah is about 40 km or 1 hr , there are regular buses I guess or you can simply rent a taxi(ask hotel) but make sure you go early and sit as close to the border gates.
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Originally Posted by theRock View Post Do visit Chandigarh and see Sukhna Lake,Rock Garden,Rose Garden, Sec17 market.

Also do checkout this new marvel which few people know till now called Virasat-e-Khalsa which means "Heritage of Sikhism"
Are all these places nearby? How much would it all take me to see? (time and money)
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Add the Durgiana Temple in Amritsar (looks a lot like the Golden Temple).

You can also do a heritage walk in Amritsar. http://www.punjabtourism.gov.in/Rest...eritage%20Walk
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Virasat-e-Khalsa is in the holy city of Anandpur Sahib which is about 80 kms or 1.5 hour journey from Chandigarh.So I would suggest you take a taxi(Rs 9/10 per km) for a day and visit this city.Interestingly Chandigarh is a shared capital between Punjab and Haryana.

The best time to see Anandpur is in March when the festival of Hola Mohalla takes place.This is the best way to see the martial traditions of Sikhs and a must who are interested in learning about Sikhism.There is lot of rush on this festival as lot of people from Punjab and other places go there.


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Jeffy John Amritsar and Chandigarh / Anandpur Sahib are west and east of Punjab. You can plan your journey that you not come back to same station. What your interest, you like to see religious places or greenry or hills. Amritsar may be your last stopage and then you can go to Beas, Jalandhar, Pathankot to Himachal Pardesh Dharmshala. Or you can go to Anandpur Sahib, Chandigarh, Shimla and back to Delhi. Just tell how your booking to go back and what your interest.
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Sorry about the delay. I didn't do much actually besides eating road side Butter Chicken (which was weirdly, quite expensive) and spending a night at the Golden Temple. I also checked out Jallianwala Bagh and the huge Gurudwara around a kilometer away from the Golden Temple. I had to rush to Dharamsala the next day and hence couldn't spend more time.

Ps. I've already been to Chandigarh the last year and checked 'em all out
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Ok I am adding more info related to Places to see in Punjab since there are lot of things in addition to the main attraction ie. Golden Temple.

Just near Jalandhar City there is a historic Phillaur Fort of the legendary Maharaja Ranjit Singh(1780-1839) which is worth a visit specially for the people interested in history.This fort is in good condition and as a fact base of the Punjab Police Academy (East).You would find a very good museum of Weapons and various Paintings including Sikh warriors and Generals. Here is the detailed info of this place and here is the Map. Please note that the history of Punjab would be incomplete without knowing about Ranjit Singh since he was the founder and Emperor of the Sikh Empire, which came to power in the Indian subcontinent in the early half of the 19th century.Also known as Sher-e-Punjab(Lion of Punjab) he was respected by Sikhs/Hindus/Muslims and as a fact there is a small shrine of a Muslim saint as well which he protected and allowed inside his fort.He never forced any religion on anyone and his Army had significant numbers of Muslim/Christian in his Army ranks in addition to Hindus.

Also in Phillaur there is Asia’s tallest temple "Sankat Mochan Shri Hanuman Mandir" with height of 121 feet and Hanuman statue’s height is 67 feet.

btw I have visited the fort and temple few years back and liked it.

Phillaur Fort and the statue of Ranjit Singh on horse is visible.

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Kapurthala is much close to Amritsar than all the other places mentioned.

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