Punjab & Haryana attractions

Top Choice Sikh Temple in Amritsar

Golden Temple

The legendary Golden Temple is actually just a small part of this huge gurdwara complex, known to Sikhs as Harmandir Sahib. Spiritually, the focus of attention is the tank that surrounds the gleaming central shrine …
Top Choice Gardens in Chandigarh

Nek Chand Rock Garden

Chandigarh's Rock Garden is unique: it's the surreal fantasy of the much-missed Nek Chand (1924–2015), a local transport official who, starting in 1957, spent almost 20 years personally creating more than 2000 sculp…
Top Choice Fort in Bathinda

Govindgarh

Of all the ruined forts in Punjab, Bathinda’s Govindgarh is the mightiest and most impressive. It’s also the oldest, dating way back to the 7th century, although rebuilt in its current red-brick form during the 12th…
Top Choice Notable Building in Chandigarh

Capitol Complex

At the epicentre of Le Corbusier’s planned city are the imposing concrete High Court, Secretariat and Vidhan Sabha, shared by the states of Punjab and Haryana. All three are classic pieces of 1950s architecture from…
Top Choice Sikh Site in Amritsar

Guru-Ka-Langar

At the southeast end of the Golden Temple Complex is the Guru-Ka-Langar, an enormous dining room where an estimated 100,000 pilgrims come to eat every day after praying at the Golden Temple. There’s no charge to eat…
Top Choice Fort in Patiala

Qila Mubarak

The ancestral home of the maharajas of Patiala, this richly ornamented 18th-century fort is an Arabian Nights fantasy of soaring buttresses and latticed balconies. You can’t enter the interior of the fort, but you a…
Top Choice Museum in Amritsar

Golden Temple Interpretation Centre

Hidden beneath the marble square outside the clock tower entrance to the Golden Temple, this fascinating multi-media museum tells the story of Sikhism and the significance of the Golden Temple through four entertain…
Top Choice Museum in Amritsar

Partition Museum

Housed in the beautifully restored 19th-century Town Hall, this unique museum (the only one in the world dedicated to Partition) offers a poignant and often haunting portrayal of the tragic events leading up to, dur…
Lake in Amritsar

Amrit Sarovar

Spiritually, the focus of attention within the Golden Temple Complex is the tank that surrounds the gleaming central shrine. Known as the Amrit Sarovar, from which Amritsar takes its name, it was excavated by the fo…
Gate in India–Pakistan Border at Attari–Wagah

Border-Closing Ceremony

Every afternoon at 5.30pm (4.30pm in winter), Indian and Pakistani border guards meet at the border post between Attari and Wagah to engage in a 30-minute display of military showmanship that verges on pure theatre.…