Punjab Region, India
The neighbouring states of Haryana and Punjab were carved from the Indian half of Punjab in the aftermath of Partition. Since then, Punjab has gone from strength to strength as the homeland of India’s fabulously welcoming Sikh community, while Haryana has emerged as a dynamic hub for business and industry.
Studded with gleaming gurdwaras (Sikh temples) – including the unmissable Golden Temple in Amritsar – Punjab has become a popular stop on the traveller circuit. Haryana is more of a touristic mystery, best known for its modernist capital, Chandigarh. The hinterland around these two hubs is dotted with fascinating, rarely visited historic towns that tell a story of battling empires and playboy maharajas, and some of India’s most alluring abandoned forts hide among their dusty bazaars.
Punjab and Haryana are united by their love of food. This is the region that gave the world tandoori chicken, tadka dhal (fried yellow lentils) and butter chicken; the prototype for chicken tikka masala. Enjoy the feast.
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