Matt Munro

Punjab & Haryana

The glittering highlight of this otherwise understated region is Amritsar’s unmissable Golden Temple. Punjab is studded with gleaming gurdwaras (Sikh temples), but it's the Golden Temple that everyone comes to see. Visiting it is a spiritual experience that will stay with you long after you leave India.

But this historically turbulent terrain offers plenty more besides. The neighbouring states of Punjab and Haryana were carved from the Indian half of Punjab province following the devastating upheaval that was Partition. Since then, Punjab has grown from strength to strength as the homeland of India’s Sikh community, while Haryana has become a dynamic business hub. The hinterland is dotted with fascinating, rarely visited, historical towns that tell tales of battling empires and playboy maharajas, and hide within their dusty bazaars some of India’s most alluring abandoned forts.

Top attractions

These are our favorite local haunts, touristy spots, and hidden gems throughout Punjab & Haryana.