Deriving its name from five full-bodied rivers–Sutlej, Beas, Ravi, Jhelum, and Chenab–which flow through its vast plains, Punjab is representative of abundant things. Located on the north-western edge of India, it is one of the smaller albeit prosperous states of the nation, and home to a lively, hospitable and dynamic people.
Known for its cuisine, culture and history, Punjab is visited by tourists who want to enjoy culture, ancient civilisation, spirituality and history. Popularly referred to as the "Granary of India", it is the second largest producer of major agricultural products in the country. The charming cities and towns of Punjab are dotted with numerous ancient monuments, gurudwaras, temples, ashrams, serene lakes, sacred shrines, museums, and wildlife sanctuaries, which are home to many rare species of animals and migratory birds.
There are many Forts in the state that tell the tale of the land's past. The temples offer a calm and peaceful atmosphere. The Golden Temple, The Wagah border, The Jallianwala Bagh, The Sheesh Mahal are some of the major tourist attractions in Punjab.
The people of Punjab are well-known for their warmth, hospitality and fun-loving nature as they celebrate all the festivals with great enthusiasm, devouring hard on food and drinks. In their big, kind hearts kindle bravery and pride, and they are valued for their courage and martial prowess. The craft of needlework on bedspreads, garments and other textile products is practised by the women and phulkari (embroidered floral motifs) is the most famous pattern.
Punjab is synonymous to food and incomplete without its mouth-watering delicacies. The food is rich in colour, ingredients, spices along with the most elaborate and grand cooking styles. The national cuisine borrows some of its most popular and lip-smacking items from Punjab's menu from Paratha, Tandoori Chicken, Naan, Pakodas to delicacies of Paneer. The food here represents a particular festivity, vibrancy and cultural richness in every day, a big part of which revolves around having good and rich food.
All the festivals of Punjab are celebrated with great vim and vigour. They depict the distinct Punjabi culture and traditions. Lohri, Basant Panchami, Hola Mohalla and Baisakhi are some of the big festivals.