Punjab - The Land of Five Rivers
The word Punjab is derived from the word meaning Five Rivers namely: Indus, Ravi, Sutlej, Beas, and Jhelum that flow towards the southeast crossing the entire state. The sub-tributaries of these rivers that provide a base for the most extensive canal system in India. Punjab is one of the states in India pulsating with prosperity. The plains of Punjab, with their fertile soil and abundant water supply make it the best for agriculture in India. The state has achieved tremendous growth over the years due to the success of the Green Revolution in the early 70s and has attained self-sufficiency in crop production.
The word Punjab is derived from the word meaning Five Rivers namely: Indus, Ravi, Sutlej, Beas, and Jhelum that flow towards the southeast crossing the entire state.
In addition to the Golden Temple, you can visit several other Gurdwaras that trace their links with the Gurus. Gurdwara Baba Atal Sahib and the Shahidi martyr's shrine are important religious centers, each having their own history. The monument of Indian Independence, Jalianwala Bagh is a grim reminder of one of the bloodiest chapters of India's freedom movement. It is a live testimonial to the Jalianwalah massacre in 1919. Woolen blankets and sweaters are quite cheap in Amritsar than in other parts of India. Katra Jaimal Singh in the old city is a good shopping area for collecting some exclusive souvenirs.
The special programs arranged at the Yadavindra Gardens for the Baisakhi (spring) festival in April and for the Mango Festival in June and July are the major tourist attractions for the tourists visiting Punjab.
How To Reach Punjab
The airports of Chandigarh and Amritsar are well connected to other cities in India by regular flights. Punjab is extensively linked to the other parts of the country by rail network. Chandigarh, Amritsar, Ludhiana, Pathankot, and Jalandhar are the major railway hubs in the state having trains for most parts of the country. The entire state has a sound and extensive network of metalled roads. State Highways connect major cities to the state capital. NH 1 or the Grand Trunk Road connects the state with most of the north as well as east Indian places. Other National Highways that pass through the state are NH 15, 19, 20, 21, and 1A.
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