Punjab

Punjab the land blessed by pious gurus who continue to guide the valiant Sikhs. Punjab the land where 5 rivers ( Punj =5, Aab = Water, hence Punjab means land of 5 rivers ), nurture the golden fields making it the granary of India.
My travel tips and travel stories about discovering Punjab.

Sep 282016
 
FOOD SOUVENIRS FROM PUNJAB

Mouth Watering Savouries I brought from Punjab My biggest joy of being a travel blogger is interacting with other bloggers and look at the world from their eyes.  I have been fortunate to discover some wonderful travel writers and photographers during my journey as a travel blogger and have been fortunate enough to collaborate with some of them.  So I was very happy when Chaitali Patel who pens Maps Stamps Memories  asked me to contribute a post about ” Food souvenirs From Punjab”, I jumped at the opportunity and recollected my Roadtrip to Punjab last year and what all I [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Apr 012016
 
The Rahi On Road Trip To Kangra in Himachal

#RahiOnRaod Trip  on Instagram Bapu Gandhi said, India lives in Villages, and his words are true even today. In my opinion the best way to see India is still by a road trip and a trip on the Great Indian Railways comes in close second. I like road trips not just for the freedom it offers, but also the interaction one can have with fellow Indians on the road. No other mode of transport gives you the choice to go at your own pace and stop at will. No worries about missing a train or regret of not being [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Jan 212016
 
Lohri Celebrations

Pictures of Bonfires of Lohri Festival In India, most of our festivals are as per the lunar calendar like Holi, Diwali among Hindus and Eid among Muslims.  But there are a few festivals in India that are celebrated as per the Solar calendar. I have share pictures of Sankranti or Pongal as it is called in South India some time back.  But Sankrant / Sankranthi / Pongal is celebrated in different parts of India and other places like Nepal and Makar Sankranti marks the transition of the Sun into the zodiac sign of Makara Rashi (Capricorn) on its celestial path.  But [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Jan 162016
 
Gobindgarh Fort Amritsar

Restoration of Gobindgarh Fort : A heritage reclaimed On all my previous visits to Amritsar, I wanted to visit Gobindgarh fort, but each time I was discouraged by anybody whom I asked for directions “ Gobindgarh Fort ? Wahan Kuch Nahi hai, Kya karoge waha ja kar”  क़िला गोबिंदगढ़ ? वहां कुछ नहीं है क्या करोगे वहां जा कर Or there is nothing in Gobindgarh Fort , what will you do there ? And as a naïve tourist, who  is happy to be see what he is shown I missed visiting Gobindgarh fort each time. But as I always [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Jan 122016
 
Wagah Border Ceremony Where Emotions Run High

desi Goes To Wagah Border Parade & Prays for Peace I first saw Wagah Border Ceremony with wife jee and daughter and it was a nostalgic trip for us as across the barbed wires and imposing gates she could see Pakistan.  After that I have watched  Wagah Border Ceremony many times and each time I come back with a different feeling. Situated just 31.5 KM from the holy city of Amritsar, Wagah is not just a border it represents everything that the two nations theory based on religion proposed and succeeded during the Indian freedom movement.  What were one people [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Jan 102016
 
Amritsar Heritage Walk - Amritsar Beyond Religion & Food

desi goes with Davinder Singh on Amritsar Heritage Walk This is my first Amritsar Heritage Walk and I am looking at a faint sliver of the sky gives me a weak smile as I stretch my neck to yogic dimensions, as my eyes go wide at all the heritage looking back at me. There is something historical all around me in these narrow bylanes of Amritsar, not the kind of history you find in textbooks but living, breathing, smiling, and unfortunately neglected and deteriorating heritage. I look up to intricately carved wooden balconies with designs from Shekhawati and Europe side [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Jan 032016
 
Virasat-e-Khalsa

  A Museum of Sikh History: Virasat-e-Khalsa, Anandpur Sahib Looks can be deceiving, is an old saying and my first reaction on looking at Virasat-e-Khalsa complex was, that it does not look anything like a museum of Sikh culture and history. Only once you enter and reach the top-level after checking all the exhibits that you get a panoramic view of the complex and surroundings, by now you are already in awe of the exhibits and a short tour of the youngest and most reformist faith born in India. You will be forgiven to think initially that the design [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Jan 012016
 
January 2016 Calendar - Download Desktop Wallpaper

January 2016 calendar desktop wallpaper : Punjab de Sarson Ke Khet  Dear readers Happy New Year 2016 from your friendly neighborhood desi Traveler In January as well as December of 2015 I visited the granary of India, the land blessed by pious gurus whose blessings and teachings guide the valiant Sikhs, where the water of five rivers nurtures the golden Sarson ke Khet of Punjab. Indeed when you talk about Punjab ( Punj = 5, Aab = Water so Punjab = the land nurtured by of 5 rivers ) first thing that comes to mind is the golden-yellow Sarson ke Khet. That is exactly the theme [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Sep 012015
 
Travel Tuesday Picture: Nihang Soldiers

The Nihang Warriors : Torchbearers of a glorious Tradition   In today’s  Travel Tuesday picture I bring to  you  Nihang Sikh Soldiers / Sadhu from the land  of golden fields -Punjab. If you are not aware of the Sikh history, then you may wonder why I am mentioning the Nihang as both Soldier and Sadhu. Well during the middle ages, the Nihangs were the brave soldiers in the Sikh Army first raised by Guru Hargobind jee In later years the Nihang Soldiers played very important role in various battles, more so when the enemy was in larger numbers. No wonder  Guru Gobind Singh Jee said Chirian [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Feb 112015
 
Sarson Ke Khet: Mustard Fields

– desi goes to Sarson Ke Khet of Punjab — पंजाब के सरसों के खेत Sarson ke Khet! Mustard fields! Ah, those golden blooms spread over acres and acres bringing a smile on the wrinkled face of the old farmer. I was as his callused hands tenderly touch the delicate blooms more delicately than Shahrukh Khan caressed the tresses of Kajol in that eternal love song- “Tujhe Dekha to yeh Jana Sanam— तुझे देखा तो ये जाना सनम, प्यार होता है दीवाना सनम “ that made the “Sarson Ke Khet the ultimate romantic destination in India”. But dear reader long [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]