5 Things to Try While in Punjab – Feel the “PUNJABI TADKA”

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Eat street food and better yet, food from traditional Punjabi dhabas. Forget about calories and have saag and makki di roti, aaloo de paranthe, kulche etc. You can find these on highways and on the outskirts of cities, towns, and villages. Punjabi food served in Dhabas is nourishing and full of rustic essence. Food is served on big brass thalis (plates). And drinks – water, lassi, milk (of several varieties), or tea, as well as shorbas (soups) – in a 12-inch-long brass glass.  This is one way to experience the true Punjabi culture.

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Go to Golden Temple – When you’re in Punjab, make sure you visit the Golden Temple in Amritsar. You can spend hours inside the Golden Temple without ever getting bored of the inimitable atmosphere, the uninterrupted interactions and the awe-inspiring golden shrine that sticks out into the middle of the man-made lake. You can eat a free meal at the langar (pilgrimage dining hall). And you can also spend a night or two at one of the temple’s gurudwaras (pilgrim guesthouses). The whole atmosphere is very calming and inviting.

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Street Markets – Despite the plethora of malls in every city, street market is still preferable in India. Some street markets in Punjab will give you a very different shopping experience. One such market is Rainak Bazaar in Jalandhar. Offering an immense variety of goods, the market is known for its cosmetics, apparel, footwear, toys, kids’ stuff, kitchenware, plastic ware and eatables that are all available at throwaway prices. Besides this there are showrooms retailing wedding wear, authentic silver jewellery and a variety of traditional Punjabi pictures, brassware, and silverware and handicraft items as well. Try buying the traditional phulkari and Punjabi jutti. Other well-known markets are Palika Bazzar and Shastri Market in Chandigarh or more popularly known as ‘baai di market’ or ‘staran di market’ by the locals after the sector the markets are located in.

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Wagah Border – Visit Wagah Border which is located 24 kilometers from Lahore and 32 kilometers from Amritsar. It is particularly known for the elaborate Wagah border ceremony that happens at the border gate, two hours before sunset each day. The flag ceremony is conducted by Indian Border Security Force (BSF) and Pakistan Rangers (PR).

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Travel by Road – And last but not the least, travel by road. See the rivers, the fields or ‘khet’, the openness of the countryside. Meet new people, interact with the locals and click lots of pictures.

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