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

Nek Chand Rock Garden is unique: it's the surreal fantasy of a local transport official who, starting in 1957, spent almost 20 years personally creating more than 2000 sculptures using stones, debris and other disca…
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 Notable Building in Chandigarh

Capital 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…
Gate in India–Pakistan Border at Attari–Wagah

Border Closing Ceremony

Every afternoon, just before sunset, members of the 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 th…
Fort in Bathinda

Govindgarh

Of all the ruined forts in Punjab, Bathinda’s Govindgarh is the mightiest and most impressive. It’s also one of the oldest, dating way back to the 7th century, although rebuilt in its current red-brick form during t…
Museum in Patiala

Sheesh Mahal

The totally over-the-top Sheesh Mahal, graced by two wedding-cake towers and an ornamental suspension bridge, is arguably one of the prettiest buildings in Punjab. Inside the lavishly decorated interior is a gallery…
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…
Gallery in Chandigarh

Government Museum & Art Gallery

You’ll find a fine collection of artworks and treasures at this impressive state museum, including trippy paintings of the Himalayas by Russian artist Nicholas Roerich, elegant carvings from the Buddhist Ghandara ci…
Lake in Chandigarh

Sukhna Lake

Fulfilling the leisure objective of Le Corbusier’s urban master plan, this landmark artificial lake is a popular rest and recreation stop for Chandigarh's resident families. It has ornamental gardens, a children’s f…