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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 Punjabi in Amritsar

Bharawan Da Dhaba

Pronounced 'praa-waan', this down-to-earth Amritsar institution has been serving lip-smacking Punjabi treats since 1912. Order yourself a regional thali here, and you'll be treated to a delectable platter comprising…
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 Punjabi in Amritsar

Kesar Da Dhaba

Originally founded in Pakistan's Punjab province, this 100-year-old eatery relocated to Amritsar after Partition. Since then, it has been serving up delicious paratha thalis (₹200 to ₹250) and silver-leaf-topped fir…
Top Choice North Indian in Chandigarh

Gopal's

Every Indian city or town should have a restaurant like Gopal's – an air-conditioned, clean and smart diner that churns out cheap, utterly delicious platters of dosas, puris and chhole bhature (deep-fried flatbread …
Top Choice Italian in Chandigarh

Virgin Courtyard

This fantastic alfresco dining address, spread across an ivory-white villa and a shaded courtyard, is arguably the closest you'll get to Italian cuisine in Chandigarh – albeit with an Indian twist. Try the arancini,…
Top Choice Punjabi in Amritsar

Makhan Fish

This no-frills restaurant does the definitive version of Amritsar's legendary fried fish and oven-baked fish tikkas, as well as a number of local preps featuring chicken, mutton and fish. Note that the signature fis…
Top Choice Multicuisine in Chandigarh

Hibachi

On the ground floor of Hotel Icon, Hibachi is the place to go if you're craving some Japanese or Southeast Asian food. There's some imaginative sushi on offer here, along with Burmese khao suey, pad thai, Chinese ku…