One of the best places to visit on a road trip from Delhi is Punjab. An absolutely vibrant and lively state, it gets its name from five rivers including Sutlej, Beas, Ravi, Jhelum and Chenab that run through the state. If you’re ever planning a visit, these are the 4 places you must definitely explore on your trip:
Amritsar can be thought of as a short form of ‘Amrit Sarovar’, referring to the holy waters that surround the famous Golden Temple. Apart from the extremely symbolic temple, the place may seem like any other town in North India, bustling with markets, haphazard traffic, crowd and congestion. Apart from the Golden Temple, some of the other places you can visit while touring this city include Wagah Border, Jallianwala bagh, Guru ke Mahal, Hall bazaar, Partition museum, Khair-ud-din Masjid and many more. The best time to visit Amritsar is during the winter months of November to March. The weather remains comparatively pleasant during this time.
Distance from Delhi: 449 kms
Pro tip: Travel to Jalandhar via bus. Delhi to Jalandhar bus routes are very scenic and therefore travelling by bus will be a plus.
Another widely known city of Punjab, Jalandhar is surrounded by Ludhiana in the east, Kapurthala in the west, Hoshiarpur in the north and Ferozpur in the south. It’s historical importance and religious significance is also well talked about. This city has also been mentioned in the epic-Mahabharata. Some of the places you can visit here include Imam Nasir Masjid, Tulsi Mandir, Devi Talab Mandir, Bhagat Singh Museum, St. Mary Cathedral Church, Nikku Park and more. You can travel to Jalandhar via bus, train or plane. Delhi to Jalandhar bus fare are nominal and suit all types of travellers.
Distance from Delhi: 392 kms
Ludhiana is the largest city in the entire state of Punjab. It has a population of more than 45 lakhs. It is situated on the south end of the river Sutlej. The city played a very important during the freedom struggle of India, especially the Sikh wars. The city is also associated with people like Lala Lajpat Rai, Sardar Kartar Singh, Baba Santa Singh and Maulana Habibur Rehman. Apart from being the biggest metropolis in Punjab, Ludhiana exports woolen garments, machine tools, sewing machines, dyes, cycle parts all over the world. If you ever visit this city, make sure to visit Lodhi Fort, Rural Heritage Museum, Punjab Agricultural University Museum, Nehru Rose Garden and more.
Distance from Delhi: 307.4 kms
This city is often referred to as the ‘city of Newspapers’. With its glorious architecture and the general vibe of the city, one can really get a taste of the yesteryears here. Some of the major attractions in this city include Qila Mubarak, Rose Garden, Chetak Park, Bhatinda fort, Bhatinda Zoological Park, Lakhi Jungle, Bir Talab Zoo, Chetak Park and many more. The best time to visit Bathinda is during the winters. Summers can be extremely hot here.
Distance from Delhi: 321 kms.
So, what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and let the journey begin!