24 Places to Visit in Punjab (2021)

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Popularly known as the Land of Five Rivers, Punjab is a tourist hotspot in India. From prominent attractions like the Golden Temple and Jallianwala Bagh to planned cities and national parks, the state has plenty to offer. What’s more, you can also experience the true essence of Punjab by indulging in the mouth-watering Amritsari kulcha and lassi, dancing to the lively bhangra music, shopping for Punjabi juttis and stopping by mustard fields. If you are planning a trip to the state, here is a list of the important places to visit in Punjab for a memorable vacation:

Tourist Places in Punjab (List):

1. Chandigarh, Punjab

Chandigarh

The capital of Punjab as well as the first planned city in the country, Chandigarh is known for its wide roads, clean environment and delectable food. Apart from the beautiful gardens and lakes, the Capitol Complex (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) is one of the prime attractions in Chandigarh.

  • Best time to visit: Winter and Spring/ October to March
  • Ideal duration: 2 days
  • How to reach:
    • By Air: Fly to Chandigarh International Airport
    • By Train: Get down at Chandigarh Junction
    • By Road: A network of National Highways (NH7, NH5, NH12A, NH152) connect Chandigarh with New Delhi and other nearby places.

2. Amritsar, Punjab

Amritsar

Home to the most significant Sikh pilgrimage site Golden Temple or Sri Harmandir Sahib, Amritsar is a popular cultural, spiritual and patriotic centre in the country. In addition to Akal Takht and other popular gurudwaras and temples, Wagah Border and the Jallianwala Bagh are major tourist pullers. The local shops in the city look vibrant and inviting with colourful suit materials, juttis and accessories. And whether you are a foodie or not, you must try the Amritsari Kulcha, Chole, Butter Chicken and Lassi here!

  • Best time to visit: Winter and Spring/ November to March
  • Ideal duration: 3-4 days
  • How to reach:
    • By Air: Take a flight to Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport in Amritsar
    • By Train: Reach Amritsar Junction
    • By Road: To reach Amritsar by road, take AH1, NH354, NH54 and NH3.

3. Ludhiana, Punjab

Phillaur Fort

If you want to witness the true beauty of Punjab and take a peek into the lifestyle of locals, Ludhiana is a must-visit. The city boasts of a rich history, which is evident in the prominent architectural marvels and the ancient ruins of the Lodhi dynasty, like Lodhi Fort, Phillaur Fort and Gurudwara Shri Manji Sahib. The Rural Museum, Nehru Rose Garden and Hardy’s World Amusement Park are also some prominent attractions here.

  • Best time to visit: Winter and Spring/ October to March
  • Ideal Duration: 3 days
  • How to reach:
    • By Air: Ludhiana has an airport, but with limited connectivity. Chandigarh International Airport is another option (118 km away), from there you can take a taxi.
    • By Train: Take a train to Ludhiana Junction
    • By Road: Two main national highways – NH44 and NH5 connect Ludhiana to Chandigarh, Amritsar, Ferozepur, and other places.

4. Bathinda, Punjab

Qila Mubarak

One of the oldest cities in the state, the ‘City of Lakes’ houses many places of historical and religious importance. The oldest surviving fort in the country Qila Mubarak is in Bathinda. Replete with tourist attractions, the city has something for everyone. Nature lovers must visit the Rose Garden, Zoological Garden and Bir Talab Zoo, while Hindu and Sikh devotees can seek blessings at Maisar Khana Temple and Takht Shri Damdama Sahib.

  • Best time to visit: Winter and Spring/ October to March
  • Ideal Duration: 2-3 days
  • How to reach:
    • By Air: Take a flight from New Delhi to Bathinda Airport. You can also fly to Amritsar Airport (204 km away) or Chandigarh International Airport (223 km away) and take a cab from there.
    • By Train: Reach Bathinda Junction
    • By Road: The city is connected to the nearby towns and cities via well-maintained roads and National Highway 54

5. Jalandhar, Punjab

Sodal Mandir

A city of historical importance, Jalandhar was part of the famous Indus Valley Civilisation. It is now a prominent religious site for Sikhs and Hindus as it houses many gurudwaras and temples like Sodal Mandir, Devi Talab Mandir and Gurudwara Talhan Sahib Ji. When planning a trip with kids, remember to include Wonderland, Harleen Water Fun Park and TR Enjoy amusement park in your itinerary.

  • Best time to visit: Winter and Spring/ October to March
  • Ideal Duration: 2-3 days
  • How to reach:
    • By Air: Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport in Amritsar (94 km away) is the nearest option. Take a cab or bus from there.
    • By Train: Jalandhar City Junction connects the city to Mumbai, Kolkata, Jammu, Nagpur and other major cities.
    • By Road: AH1, NH 44 and NH 703A connect Jalandhar to other parts of the country.

6. Pathankot, Punjab

Mukteshwar

Boasting important historical places, picturesque temples and vibrant street markets, Pathankot is among the best places to visit in Punjab. Some prominent attractions in the city include Nurpur Fort, Shahpurkandi Fort, Mukteshwar Mahadev Temple, Pracheen Shiv Mandir and Ranjit Sagar Dam. The city particularly looks vibrant and lively during Baisakhi and Lohri festivals.

  • Best time to visit: Winter and Spring/ October to April
  • Ideal Duration: 2-3 days
  • How to reach:
    • By Air: Pathankot has a small airport for some domestic flights. Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport in Amritsar (124 km away) offers better domestic and international connectivity. Take a taxi or bus from there.
    • By Train: Reach Pathankot Junction
    • By Road: NH 44, NH 54 and NH 154 are the main highways to reach Pathankot from other parts of Punjab or surrounding states.

7. Mohali, Punjab

India Vs Australia Match in Mohali

Say Mohali and the first thing that comes to mind is the popular PCA Cricket Stadium. Like Chandigarh, Mohali is known for its planned urban infrastructure. Travellers can seek blessings at Amb Sahib Gurudwara, Gurudwara Nabha Sahib and Mansa Devi Temple, while nature lovers can visit Sukhna Lake and Rock Garden. Chattbir Zoo and Sukhna Wildlife Sanctuary are some other places to visit in Mohali.

  • Best time to visit: Winter season/ November to February
  • Ideal Duration: 2-3 days
  • How to reach:
    • By Air: Fly to Chandigarh International Airport (15 km away) and take a cab or bus.
    • By Train: Sahibzada Ajit Singh Nagar Railway Station is well-connected to Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Jaipur and other cities.
    • By Road: NH 5 passes through Mohali and connects it with Chandigarh and other northern cities

8. Hoshiarpur, Punjab

Archaeological Museum

Sometimes referred to as the ‘Land of Saints’, Hoshiarpur’s history can be traced back to the Stone Age. Recent excavations also hint towards Indus Valley association. The Archaeological Museum, Sheesh Mahal and Bajwara Fort are popular attractions here that lure history buffs. If you are a wildlife and nature lover, Takhni Rehmapur Wildlife Sanctuary is a must-visit.

  • Best time to visit: Winter and Spring / October to March
  • Ideal Duration: 2 days
  • How to reach:
    • By Air: Adampur Airport (25 km away) is the nearest domestic airport, while Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport in Amritsar (124 km away) is the nearest option for better domestic and international connectivity.
    • By Train: Hoshiarpur Railway Station has only one platform with limited connectivity. Jalandhar City Junction (40 km away) is a better option.
    • By Road: You can reach Hoshiarpur via NH 24, NH 3, NH 344B and NH 503A

9. Gurdaspur, Punjab

Dera Baba Nanak

Located between rivers Sutlej and Ravi is the quaint and beautiful city of Gurdaspur. Exhibiting the true culture and tradition of Punjab, the city is all about historical gurudwaras and delectable Punjabi dishes. Devotees throng the city to pay their respects at different religious places like Gurudwara Sri Darbar Sahib, Sarji Sahib, Dera Baba Nanak, and Mahakaleshwar Temple. Besides these, Kabootri Darwaza and Fish Park are popular attractions here.

  • Best time to visit: Winter and Spring / November to March
  • Ideal Duration: 2 days
  • How to reach:
    • By Air: Reach Pathankot Airport (44 km away) from the nearby cities and take a taxi to Gurdaspur. Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport in Amritsar (84 km away) offers better domestic and international connectivity.
    • By Train: Gurdaspur Railway Station connects the city with Jammu, Bikaner, Delhi, and other nearby places. Alternatively, travel to Pathankot Railway Station (39 km away) and take a taxi or bus to Gurdaspur.
    • By Road: A network of roads and National Highways connect Gurdaspur to many cities in North India such as NH 354 and NH 54.

10. Kapurthala, Punjab

Moorish Mosque

Popularly known as the ‘Paris of Punjab’, Kapurthala holds a high spot in the list of places to see in Punjab. This fascinating destination with buildings and monuments boasting of French and Indo-Saracenic style of architecture attracts tourists year-round. Jagatjit Palace, Elysee Palace, Jagatjit Club, and Moorish Mosque are some top attractions. You can also visit Kanjli Wetland to spot migratory and native birds.

  • Best time to visit: Winter and Spring / October to March
  • Ideal Duration: 2 days
  • How to reach:
    • By Air: Fly to Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport in Amritsar (83 km away) and take a bus or taxi.
    • By Train: Reach Kapurthala Railway Station
    • By Road: NH703A connects Kapurthala to many cities within and outside Punjab.

11. Sirhind, Punjab

Aam Khas Bag

Also known as Fatehgarh Sahib, Sirhind has great historical and religious significance. The city was a military outpost of Prithviraj Chauhan in the 12th century and a part of the Mughal Sultanate till the 17th century. The forts and gardens here speak volumes about its unforgettable history. Sirhind is now a significant pilgrimage spot for Sikhs. Gurudwara Fatehgarh Sahib, Aam Khas Bagh, Haveli Todar Mal, and Sant Namdev Temple are some important attractions.

  • Best time to visit: Winter and Spring / October to March
  • Ideal Duration: 2 days
  • How to reach:
    • By Air: Chandigarh International Airport (60 km away) is the nearest option, from where you can take a bus or taxi.
    • By Train: Take a train to Sirhind Junction from Kolkata, Delhi, Mumbai and other important cities.
    • By Road: Board a bus or hire a cab from Ludhiana, Amritsar, Chandigarh or Delhi.

12. Patiala, Punjab

Wildlife Sanctuary

Known for Patiala Pegs and Pagdis, the city is a popular tourist spot in Punjab. Some places of interest in Patiala include Qila Mubarak Complex, Sheesh Mahal, Gurudwara Dukh Niwaran Sahib, and Moti Bagh Palace. You can also seek blessings at Kali Mata Mandir and spend time amidst nature at Bir Moti Bagh Wildlife Sanctuary.

  • Best time to visit: Winters / October to February
  • Ideal Duration: 2-3 days
  • How to reach:
    • By Air: Patiala has an airport, but with limited connectivity. Chandigarh International Airport (65 km away) is a better option. Take a taxi or bus from there.
    • By Train: Reach Patiala Railway Station from the nearby cities.
    • By Road: Patiala enjoys good road connectivity, and is connected to other cities via NH8, NH7 and NH10.

13. Firozpur, Punjab

A wonderful blend of history, culture, nature and religion, Firozpur is worth a visit. Owing to have played a critical role in the freedom movement, the city houses many war patriots’ memorials, including the National Martyrs Memorial and Shaheed Bhagat Singh Memorial. Apart from these, devotees can offer prayers at Saragarhi Memorial Gurudwara and 1200-year old Jain Swetambar Temple. Harike Wildlife Sanctuary is another attraction to explore in Firozpur.

  • Best time to visit: Winter and Spring / October to March
  • Ideal Duration: 2 days
  • How to reach:
    • By Air: Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport in Amritsar (125 km away) is the nearest option. Take a taxi or bus from there.
    • By Train: Travel to Firozpur Cantt Railway Station
    • By Road: Firozpur is connected to nearby cities via NH5.

14. Mansa, Punjab

Popularly known as the ‘area of white gold’, Mansa is all about snowy cotton fields, rich heritage and rustic charm. The ancient history of the district can be traced back to the popular Indus Valley Civilisation. When in Mansa, you can explore Sardulgarh Fort and seek blessings at Gurudwara Patshahi Nauvin Sahib and Brahm Bunga Gurudwara. The Samadhi of the founder of Mansa, Bhai Gurudas is a must-visit.

  • Best time to visit: Winter and Spring / October to March
  • Ideal Duration: 1-2 days
  • How to reach:
    • By Air: Reach Ludhiana Airport (137 km away) and take a taxi or bus.
    • By Train: Reach Mansa Railway Station from New Delhi, Mumbai, and other cities.
    • By Road: NH703 passes right through the city of Mansa and is connected to NH3 and NH9.

15. Anandpur Sahib, Punjab

Also called “The Holy City of Bliss”, the peaceful and spiritual ambience of Anandpur Sahib attracts many religious travellers. Shri Guru Gobind Singh Ji supposedly spent 25 years in Anandpur Sahib teaching his disciples and hence, this city is of spiritual importance to Sikhs. Gurudwara Takht Sri Kesgarh Sahib, Sarovar Anandpur Sahib, Virasat-e-Khalsa Museum, Naina Devi Temple, and Jhajjar Bachauli Wildlife Sanctuary are some of the many attractions here.

  • Best time to visit: Winter and Spring / November to March
  • Ideal Duration: 2-3 days
  • How to reach:
    • By Air: Fly to Chandigarh International Airport (90 km away) and take a bus or taxi.
    • By Train: Anandpur Sahib Railway Station connects the city to Delhi, Kolkata, Himachal Pradesh and other cities.
    • By Road: To reach Anandpur Sahib, you have to get on NH503.

16. Nangal, Punjab

Bhakra Nangal Dam

Enveloped by nature’s bounty, Nangal is a top tourist place in Punjab. It is located on the foothills of Shivalik ranges and is known for the famous Bhakra-Nangal Dam. Some prominent tourist spots in and around Nangal are Sheetla Devi Temple, Shri Naina Devi Temple, and Gurudwara Shri Vibhore Sahib. Anandpur Sahib is only 36 km away from the city.

  • Best time to visit: Winter and Spring / October to March
  • Ideal Duration: 2 days
  • How to reach:
    • By Air: Chandigarh International Airport (111 km away) is the nearest option. Take a taxi or bus from there.
    • By Train: Take a train to Nangal Railway Station.
    • By Road: To reach Nangal by road, take NH503.

17. Qila Raipur, Punjab

A village in the Ludhiana district of Punjab, Qila Raipur is known for hosting the annual sports festival- Rural Olympics for three days in February. Punjabi men and women demonstrate their physical strength and bravery in this grand event. What’s more, a special breed of camels, bullocks, dogs and other animals also compete in the event. If you plan a trip to Ludhiana in February, remember to include Qila Raipur in your itinerary.

  • Best time to visit: Winter and Spring / October to March
  • Ideal Duration: 3 days
  • How to reach:
    • By Air: Ludhiana Airport is 23 km away. Take a cab from there.
    • By Train: Reach Ludhiana Railway Station (21 km away) and hire a cab or auto-rickshaw.
    • By Road: Many state and private buses run to and from Qila Raipur, connecting the village to different parts of Punjab. To reach the area, you have to get on NH11.

18. Sangrur, Punjab

Also known as the ‘City of Gurudwaras’, Sangrur is among the most spiritual places to visit in Punjab’s Patiala division. It houses more than 20 Gurudwaras and attracts devotees from far and near. Gurudwara Wadda Ghalughara Sahib, Gurudwara Nanakiana Sahib, Banasar Garden, and Sheesh Mahal are some popular attractions. The charm of the town reaches another level during Janmashtami, Guga Naumi Fair, and Kuka Fair.

  • Best time to visit: Winter Season/ October to February
  • Ideal Duration: 2 days
  • How to reach:
    • By Air: Ludhiana Airport (77 km away) is the nearest option, but with limited connectivity. You can also fly to Chandigarh International Airport (123 km away) and then take a cab or bus.
    • By Train: Take a train to Sangrur Railway Station
    • By Road: NH11, NH52 and NH7 run through and around Sangrur.

19. Harike Wetlands and Bird Sanctuary, Punjab

Harike Wetlands and Bird Sanctuary

Lying on the border of Tarn Taran Sahib District, Harike Wetland or Hari-ke-Pattan is one of the largest man-made wetlands in North India. The popular Harike Lake in the deeper part of the wetland is the main site for spotting many rare species of migratory birds. You can also see diving ducks, smooth-coated otter, Indus river dolphin, and Indian wild boar here.

  • Best time to visit: Winter and Spring / October to March
  • Ideal Duration: 1-2 days
  • How to reach:
    • By Air: Fly to Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport in Amritsar (109 km away) and then take a taxi or bus.
    • By Train: Reach Firozpur Cantt Railway Station (68 km away) or Amritsar Railway Station (95 km away) and take a taxi.
    • By Road: NH703A connects Harike Wetland to Jalandhar and other cities.

20. Faridkot, Punjab

Home to ancient forts and gurudwaras, this small city in south-west Punjab attracts history buffs and devotees from far and wide. Raj Mahal, Darbar Ganj, Qila Mubarak, Gurdwara Tilla Baba Farid and Gurdwara Godri Sahib are some popular tourist places in the city. The historical city Kotkapura, which is only 14 km away, is also a must-visit.

  • Best time to visit: Winter and Spring / November to March
  • Ideal Duration: 1-2
  • How to reach:
    • By Air: Reach Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport in Amritsar (143 km away) and take a bus or taxi.
    • By Train: Faridkot Railway Station connects the city to Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Amritsar and other nearby places.
    • By Road: To reach Faridkot from other cities in Punjab, you will need to get on NH15.

21. Nawanshahr, Punjab

A popular destination with scenic surroundings, Nawanshahr promises an unmatched experience to tourists. From gurudwaras and temples to forts and havelis, the city houses many attractions. The five forts or havelis built by Nausher Khan are a must-visit. You can also pay your respects at Gurudwara Nanaksar, Gurudwara Gurpartap, Kirpal Sagar, Sanehi Temple and other religious sites in Nawanshahr.

  • Best time to visit: Winter and Spring / October to March
  • Ideal Duration: 2 days
  • How to reach:
    • By Air: Ludhiana Airport (56 km away) is the nearest option, but with limited connectivity. You can also fly to Chandigarh International Airport (95 km away) and take a taxi.
    • By Train: Phagwara Junction (38 km away) is the nearest option, from where you can take a taxi.
    • By Road: Nawanshehr enjoys good road connectivity with the nearby town and cities via NH344A and NH103A.

22. Rupnagar, Punjab

The ancient city of Rupnagar (formerly known as Ropar) was once a major part of the Indus Valley Civilisation. Many artefacts from this period can be found in the Archaeological Museum in Rupnagar. Other prominent tourist places in and around Rupnagar are Jateshwar Mahadev Temple, Shri Chamkaur Sahib and Anandpur Sahib.

  • Best time to visit: Winter Season/ October to February
  • Ideal Duration: 2 days
  • How to reach:
    • By Air: Reach Chandigarh International Airport (53 km away) and then take a cab or bus.
    • By Train: Reach Rupnagar Railway Station
    • By Road: NH103A will take you to Rupnagar from other parts of Punjab

23. Sultanpur Lodhi, Punjab

An important Sikh pilgrimage site, Sultanpur Lodhi is associated with the founder of Sikhism, Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji. The Sikh guru spent 14 years of his life here in Gurudwara Ber Sahib spreading the teachings of Sikhism to the world. Other places of interest in the city include Gurudwara Sehra Sahib, Gurudwara Bebe Nanak Ji, Bharamal Temple, Panj Peer and Kali Bein.

  • Best time to visit: Winter and Spring / October to March
  • Ideal Duration: 2 days
  • How to reach:
    • By Air: Fly to Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport in Amritsar (90 km away) and take a bus or taxi.
    • By Train: You can board a train from Jammu, Ahmedabad, Jalandhar and other places to Sultanpur Lodhi Railway Station.
    • By Road: NH703A connects Sultanpur Lodhi to Kapurthala, Jalandhar and other parts of Punjab.

24. Moga, Punjab

Popular for picturesque religious structures, lively marketplaces and rich cultural heritage, Moga is a charming place to visit. The city houses many gurudwaras, the prominent ones being the Dina Sahib Gurudwara and Takhatpur. You can also visit Geeta Bhawan Temple and Kashmiri Park and shop for hand-embroidered fabrics and traditional handicrafts at Main Bazar and Bagh Gali.

  • Best time to visit: Winter and Spring / October to March
  • Ideal Duration: 1-2 days
  • How to reach:
    • By Air: Fly to Ludhiana Airport (86 km away) or Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport in Amritsar (125 km away). Take a bus or taxi from there.
    • By Train: Travel to Moga Railway Station
    • By Road: Three highways NH5, NH703B and NH16 connect Moga to other parts of the country.
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