Stretching between Indus and Gangetic belt, Punjab is dubbed as the granary of India. The land of fertile soil, lively people and even livelier culture, Punjab is certainly a place to be explored and cherished. Most visitors pass only briefly through Punjab, usually on their way to Himachal Pradesh, taking in en route the state's two most popular places to visit – Chandigarh and Amritsar. However, for those who care to explore further have options like the former princely states of Patiala and Kapurthala. Patiala is situated in between the River Satluj and Ghaggar and have some of the best palaces built in 18th and early 20thcentury. Old Moti Bagh Palace, Qila Mubarak, Kali Temple and Baradari Gardens are the sightseeing places in Patiala. Whereas, Kapurthala is blessed with exquisite architectural heritage, for which the Maharaja Jagatjit Singh should be credited. The Jagatjit Palace, Buena Vista Hunting Lodge and Moorish Mosque are the main tourist attractions in Kapurthala. Located close to Pakistan's border, Amritsar is amongst the most popular places to visit in Punjab.
The sacred dargah at Sirhind and the pious Anandpur Sahib add more colours to the state tourism. The uber glow of Amritsar is the Golden Temple, the Sikh community's holiest shrine. A visit to Jalianwala Bagh, Wagah Border, Baba Atal Tower, and the 16th century Durgiana Temple bring completion to the best holiday in Punjab. The state is also rich in handicraft and the two highlights of their art is Phulkari work and the Punjabi Jutti (embroidered footwear). Ofcourse the folk music and the dances like Gidda, Bhangra and Khatka and their delectable cuisine severed with butter and a big glass of Lassi are something that cannot be given a miss.