Punjab is known as land of five rivers. Tourism offers the best prospects of helping the state and helps in earning substantial amount of revenue for meeting the necessary requirements of state. It has to be recognized that tourism not only generates employment, but also upgrades infrastructure of the state created for tourism, which is then used by all other sectors of economy. Recognizing the importance of tourism, the Government has given tourism a special status by declaring it as an industry in Punjab in the year 1996. The state does not have much to offer as far as natural resources are concerned but it has an excellent infrastructure as compared to other states, which is helpful in attracting tourists. There are several places in Punjab that attract tourists and these are Amritsar, Jalandhar, Chandigarh, Ropar, Bhatinda, Pathankot, Muktsar, Hoshiarpur, Fatehgarh Sahib, Patiala and Kapurthala.
The most important tourist center in the state is Amritsar with its Golden Temple. This temple is considered to be the holiest of all the pilgrimages of Sikhism and houses Akal Takht, the supreme governing body of Sikhism. This site became internationally famous and popular among tourists after being recommended to UNESCO for world heritage monument site. There is no dearth of tourist attractions in Punjab. The tourism product of Punjab is varied and rich in culture and heritage. Punjab has much to offer in terms of culture, heritage, food, festivals, fairs, rural life, local arts & crafts, ancient palaces & monuments, religious places etc.
DAY 01: Amritsar
Arrive Amritsar Railway Station/Airport. On arrival, will be taken to the Farmers Villa. Start your city tour with the blessings of Golden Temple-the most important Sikh shrine also known as Harimandir Sahib and Durbar Sahib. Then visit JallianwalaBagh- the place that reminds every Indian of the brutal and heirless massacre by a British general. Visit Durgiana Temple: – The temple complex houses Shree Laxmi Narayan Mandir with a huge pond. It has a museum with relics of Mughal era and hand drawn sketches and portraits of the ruling Sikhs.Afternoon for shopping etc. In evening visit Indo-Pak Wagah Border to watch Flag Retreat Ceremony- Wagah, an army outpost on Indo-Pak border 30 Kms from Amritsar where the daily highlight is the evening “Beating the Retreat” ceremony. Soldiers from both countries march in perfect drill, going through the steps of bringing down their respective national flags. As the sun goes down, nationalistic fervor rises and lights are switched on marking the end of the day amidst thunderous applause. Overnight stay in Farmers Villa.
DAY 02: Amritsar
After breakfast, Visit Amritsar’s Local Village near Farmer’s Villa and Interact with Village People, Take a ride of Tractor across streams, Take a walking tour of the Vegetable farm, Stroll among Onion, Potato, Carrot, Radish, Green Peas, Cauliflower, Cucumber, Brinjal, Capsicum or Other Seasonal Vegetables, Take a trip to a dairy farm and Milking cows & buffaloes, Dinner and Overnight at farmers Villa.
DAY 03: Jalandhar
Morning drive to Jalandhar on arrival in jalandhar hotel then start your city tour with Pushpa Gujral Science City Science, built with the aim of learning, fun & amusement out of Science for people of all ages & all walks of life. It will arouse creativity in young minds; help in building a scientific temper in the state, GurdwaraChhevinPadshahi Guru Hargobind visited the city of Jalandhar during his tour of Doaba area. GurdwaraChhevinPadshahi in BastiShaikh, Jalandhar city, stands on the spot where Guruji granted interview to a Muslim holy saint popularly known as Shaikh Darvesh, Devi Talab Mandir It is situated in the heart of Jalandhar City. The old Devi Talab has been renovated and, in its centre, a new temple has been built. Overnight stay in hotel.
DAY 04: Jalandhar – Ludhiana – Patiala
After breakfast, drive to Ludhiana on arrival in Ludhiana visit Sri DukhNiwaran Sahib, doing very well in Spreading Sikh Guru’s Message to All Over. Ludhiana is an industrial town, but it is having few places for Tourist interest also. Whoever comes here has never gone back without imbibing the essence of Punjab. Later drive to Patiala on Arrival in Patiala check in hotel. Start your tour Qila Mubarak Complex. Sheesh Mahal was built behind the main MotiBagh Palace to serve as a pleasure complex.The paintings in two of its well maintained, mirror-worked Patialachambers are of Kangra and Rajasthaniqalam, depicting the poetic visions of Keshav, Surdas and Bihari. GurdwaraDukhNivaran Sahib: This shrine is situated in what used to be the village of Lehal, now part of Patiala city. Overnight stay in Patiala.
DAY 05: Patiala – Chandigarh
After breakfast, drive to Chandigarh check in the Hotel, after fresh up Start your city tour with Rock Garden which consist of various arts and objects made of industrial and urban waste. It is situated in sector-1. The credit of its foundation goes to Dr Nek Chand who was the road inspector in the Engineering department of Chandigarh. Then visit to Sukhna Lake that lies in the foothills of shivalik range. People visit in the morning to enjoy fresh breeze. It serves as a picnic spot and good place for water activities. After that visit Rose Garden which is Asia’s largest rose garden. It contains more than 17,000 plants and over 16,000 varieties of roses. The venue serves annual rose festival or festival of gardens. In the evening enjoy shopping in sector 17 market. Back to hotel, overnight stay in Chandigarh hotel.
DAY 06: Chandigarh – Anandpur Sahib – Chandigarh
After breakfast, drive to Anandpur Sahib from Chandigarh. It is one of the most important sacred places of the Sikhs and is closely linked with their religious tradition and history. It was founded in the year 1664 by ninth guru, Sri Guru TegBahadurji. The Guru purchased this site from the ruler of Bilaspur. After that visit Sri Kesgarh Sahib, it is located in the centre of Anandpur Sahib. It is also known as Takht Sri Kesgarh Sahib. It was the place where Khalsa was born. Than proceeding to BhakraNangal Dam. It is the world’s second highest straight gravity dam built across the River Satluj. Dam derives its name from a village called Bhakra, now it is submerged in Gobindsagar reservoir. Overnight Stay at Chandigarh.
DAY 07: Chandigarh
After breakfast, drive back to Amritsar or transfer to Chandigarh Railway station/Airport for your onward/Return Journey.