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Introducing Haryana & Punjab

Northwest of Delhi, the states of Haryana and Punjab were carved from the Indian half of Punjab in the aftermath of Partition. Since then, Punjab has gone from strength to strength as the homeland of India's Sikh community, while Haryana has emerged as a dynamic hub for business and industry.

Studded with gleaming gurdwaras (Sikh temples) – including the famous Golden Temple at Amritsar – Punjab has become an essential stop on the traveller circuit. Haryana is more of a touristic mystery, best known for its modernist capital, Chandigarh, brainchild of Swiss architect Le Corbusier. The hinterland around these two hubs is dotted with fascinating, rarely visited towns that tell a story of battling empires and playboy maharajas.

Punjab and Haryana are united by their love of food. This is the region that gave the world tandoori chicken, tadka dal (fried yellow lentils) and butter chicken, prototype for chicken tikka masala.