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Punjab

Introduction
Golden Temple, AmritsarPopular for its quality production of sports and hosiery goods, the state of Punjab is a land of emerald green fields and cordial people. It is also known for its record wheat production and serves as the overland access point to India. Those who love experiencing cultures must have heard of the Bhangra dance which shows the exuberance and the fun-loving nature of the people of Punjab.

Climate
Leaving alone the post-monsoon and the pre-hot season, the climatic conditions of Punjab can be divided into three well-defined seasons – summer, rainy and winter. Summer extends from mid-April to the end of June. The state starts receiving rains in the first week of July; rains continue till the end of September. January happens to be the coldest month during winter which spans from early December to the end of February. The minimum temperature during winter records 12 degrees centigrade.

Important Cities & Towns
There are a number of cities in Punjab that are significant in terms of history and culture. Chandigarh, the state's capital, has the distinction of being the first planned city of India. Amritsar, founded by Guru Ram Das, is the religious centre of the Sikhs. The city has a fascinating history to be discovered. Jalandhar too has a number of places for you to visit. The other popular cities of the state include Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Patiala etc.

People & Culture
Being the location of the erstwhile Indus Valley Civilisation, the state is known the world over for its rich cultural history. The people of the state are diligent and self-dependent. The Punjabis have great respect for their age-old traditions and culture. Sikkhism is the major religion of the state, contributing around 60% to the total population. The minorities include Hindus and the Muslims. Punjabi is the chief spoken language of the people.

Famous Travel Attractions
Rock Garden, ChandigarhPunjab holds utmost tourist potential for those who are in search of culture, civilisation, spirituality and epic history. Amritsar, the religious centre of the Sikh community, offers to see the Golden Temple, which is frequented by a good number of tourists from all over. Another major draw for travellers in Amritsar is the Jallianwallah Bagh, which commemorates the innocent people who were massacred by the British police in 1919. You would also like a visit to the Wagah Border, the exposed land point between India and Pakistan. The change of guards and the ceremonial lowering of flags are sight never to be missed. Chandigarh, which serves as the capital to both Punjab and Haryana, has major attractions including the Capitol Complex, Secretariat, Garden City, Tower of Shadows, Sukhna Lake, Rock Garden, Rose Garden, Botanical Garden, Art Gallery, International Dolls Museum etc. Cities like Patiala and Ludhina also possess distinctive charms to lure tourists.

Air/ Rail/ Road Links
The airports at Chandigarh and Amritsar have regular flights connecting to the major parts of the country. There are a number of mail and express trains reaching various cities of the state of Punjab. Chief railheads of the state include Chandigarh, Amritsar, Ludhiana, Pathankot and Jalandhar. There's an extensive network of roads that joins Punjab with the rest of the country.



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