Thursday, July 9, 2009


Situated in the north-western region, Punjab is one of the most prosperous state of India. It is often referred as food basket of India, as state is largest producer of agricultural products like wheat and Rice. This beautiful state is known for fertile land and large number of population indulge in farming. It will be a majestic experience as you drive through the lush green agriculture fields. Apart from agriculture, this state is famous for hosiery and sport goods industry. Punjab shares boundary with Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan and international boundary with Pakistan. This state is inhabited by Punjabi people who boast of rich culture and tradition. They are known for their lavish lifestyle and hospitality nature. There are both Sikh and Hindu Punjabi living cordially.

Punjab has rich history dating back to the time of Indus valley civilization. This state also bore the brunt of violence during partition of country. Some region of Punjab became the part of newly created Pakistan. This division led to communal violence and many people were displaced in this violence. During famous agricultural Green Revolution in 70s, Punjab was at the forefront. Blessed with fertile land, Green Revolution brought much economic prosperity in the state. Since then Punjab has goes on to become one of the most developed state of India with high per capita income. This has driven many local population to migrate to western countries. Today there are large number of Punjabi population in countries like Canada, UK and USA.

Main Attractions of state

Punjab has been blessed with immense natural beauty. Many lakes and rivers flow through the state. Beas, Sutlej, Ravi, Chenab and Jhelum are the five rivers which flow through this state. Some of the popular cities of Punjab are Amritsar, Ludhiana, Ambala, Karnal, Jalandhar, Patiala and Hoshiarpur. Amritsar which is one of the largest city of state is also home to Golden temple, the most revered religious destination of Sikh. The dome of this building is covered with the gold. This holy shrine of Sikh is visited by people from other communities too. This temple has been intricately designed.

Another popular tourist attraction of Punjab is Wagah, which is the border post between India and Pakistan. Flag lowering ceremony held here every evening between Indian and Pakistani security personnel is a special attraction. At times this event look hostile but actually they are well rehearsed show. Jallianwala Bagh is also very famous tourist attraction of Punjab. This place has an important name in the history of Indian Freedom struggle. This is the place where hundreds of innocent people were massacred by British troops in the year 1919. Still you can see bullet marks on the boundary wall. Some other tourist attractions of Punjab are Sukhna lake, Qila Mubarak, Bhakra Nangal Dam, Gurudwara Bhabour Sahib, etc.

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