Feb 112015

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 before Shahrukh Khan belled the divine bovine –   Gau mata  (गौ माता) to get the attention of dove-eyed Kajol,  Sarson Ke Khet have been popular in Bollywood for ages.

When Manoj Kumar lip synced to “ Mere Desh Kee Dhartee, Sona Ugle, Ugle Heere Moti”, in Upkar he was talking about Sarson Ke Khet or mustard field. The sona or gold, in this case, was the golden blooms of mustard plants and not something that Ajeet wanted to know from Mona – “Mona Sona Kahan hai “ Off course Mona had her own interpretation of Sona, and not finding Gold, just the thoughts during office hours made her  blush like  evening Sun.

Sunset Sasron Ke Khet

Mona darling blushed just like the Sun behind these GOLDen fields or Sarson Ke Khet

But dear reader what happens in Ajit’s office is not our topic of our blog ppost.We are talking about Sarson Ke Khet (सरसों के खेत) or the golden fields of rural India. In this post let me give you mustard fields clicked in the granary of India the Rural Punjab. If you have followed #RahiOnRoad hashtag on twitter we were on a road trip to Punjab, and our visit coincided with the blooming of mustards in the fields. We were in Punjab outside of Ludhiana for Rural Olympics in Kila Raipur, but before I post about the games do check these pictures of the mustard fields of Punjab. But before we go further please do  check the sunset picture from the fields of Punjab and chosen your favorite one as the same picture is processed 4 different ways.

Sarson Ke Khet

The Golden Fields of Mustard: Sarson Ke Khet

These fields were right next to the sports stadium in Kila Raipur and we would daily take a stroll in the fields chatting with the farmers about their life, hard work, family. Most of the farmers we found working in the fields were older men as the youngsters were busy with games.

As we chatted with the farmers over cup of tea listening to the chirping of bulbuls, parakeets and the sounds of gurgling water from the tube-well, I could not help but thank the almighty one for such a wonderful view in front of me. I told myself this is true Incredible India right here in the Sarson Ke Khet of Punjab as I watch the Sun slowly vanish behind the golden fields and slowly the mist rises as  the heat escapes from the bountiful land.

Tubewell watering fields mist rising

Mist rises as the tube-well quenches thirst of the fields

Bullock Cart Sarson Ke Khet Punjab

A bullock cart passes by Sarson Ke Khet

The first pictures were clicked on the rural road as we left the Grand Trunk  Road or National Highway number 1 ( NH1 ), that is the lifeline of North India and connects Amritsar to Kolkata. It is believed that this road was first built during reign of Emperor Ashoka, and was India’s connection to the Old Silk Route. Later Sher Shah Suri, the guy who kicked out the fledgling Mughal dynasty from India, revived it and finally British modernized it for troop movement. Our government for the sake of its historic and heritage character has maintained it mostly like those days only.

Today the GT road ends in India at Wagah border in Punjab from where you can see Pakistan,  and Howrah in West Bengal though technically it continues on each side of international borders.

Farmer working at Sunset in Sarson Ke Khet

A Farmer checks his Sarson Ke Khet before calling it a day

Now GT road may be ruled by Trucks the moment you enter the rustic Punjab you are greeted by tractor trolleys, bullock carts, horses and cycles.



Farmer working in fields Punjab India

Time to go home – One of the bigger farms with a house in mustard fields

Golden flowers of mustard Sarson ke Khet

The Golden Blooms: Yes Mere Desh Kee Dhartee Sona Ugle, Ugle Heeray Moti

Yellow Color mustard flower with sun behind

A Sarson Ka phool – So what is more Golden the Sun or the flower ?


Farmers in Sarson Ke Khet

The Kind Farmers who allowed us to click their pictures in Sarson Ke Khet

The friendly farmer whose fields we use to walk and camp for Tea every evening cycled to his fields every day and was kind enough to give Captain Satish Sharma a fellow traveler and well known photographer keys to his room. You see not only the fields in Punjab are big, Sardajees by nature have a big heart too, and they  go much beyond: “ Mi Casa su Casa” but also   “ Mi Sarson Ke Khet su Sarson Ke Khet” or in the old farmers words

Oh  jee ah khet twadey he nay “ ( Dear Sir these fields are yours only” )…. I told you na Sardarjees are like that only, that is the true Punjabi  Nature.

The old farmer wanted to pack me some Sarson ka Saag to take home, and was disappointed to know that we are continuing the road trip to other cities and will not reach home for many days. So he immediately offered us some Sugarcane as they don’t go bad for days and are good to chew on long drives. Politely I had to say no to him and the kind farmer still agreed for posing for pictures.  Like big fields bigger hearts that is Punjab, and the land sure gives you gold for your hard work.

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  61 Responses to “Sarson Ke Khet: Mustard Fields”

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  1. Prasadji I love the lovely colors pop up in all the photos ! Loved the last one. I m sure your editing skills are great. Can you tell what kind of edits you have done on the sky ? Is it HDR converted three photos ? It would be great if you could share in detail then one line 🙂 Aapke readers to kuch sikhao 🙂

    • Rutaviji thanks for ur kind words. As I have mentioned in some of the earlier posts for the benefit of regular readers of desi traveler I only use Lightroom for edition my pics, and if they are cell phone pics I just use Picassa. The last pics of 2 farmers did not require HDR treatment as there was no contrast or dynamic range ( HDR = High Dynamic Range), on a clean evenly bright sky without any drama, with people in frame I don’t see a need for HDR may be others will disagree with me. Even if the image would have required HDR as of now I don’t use HDR

  2. Beautiful ambiance! Great environment. Love each and every photo you posted here.

  3. Thses flowers are most beautiful thats why this destinations seems to be romantic. I visited so many times and found peace and I think it is a ultimate place for meditation.

  4. those are some beautiful photos. i want to go there one day

  5. Beeeyoootiful!!
    I’m sure it was such a delightful sight. I remember your mentioning your love for the sight of mustard fields filled with these lovely flowers (a long time ago ie). 🙂

  6. Your pictures and adventures are always fascinating. I love those Mustard fields. What a delight for the eyes.

  7. The golden field looks really scenic. The photos here are great especially the sunset view along the field.

  8. Very hospitable farmers. And yeah, the scenery are priceless! Great trip you had there. 🙂 The flowers bloomed like its gold. 🙂

  9. Don’t really understand those words thats’ not in english, but I love the photos! the scenery is nice!

    • They are just lyrics of a love song from a Bollywood movie – Dil Wale Dulhania Le Jayenge better known as DDLJ.. but good feedback, will write translation in future.. thanks.

  10. The Golden Fields of Mustard look amazingly beautiful, wish I could see the Sarson Ke Khet with my own eyes.

  11. Yellow flowers are my favorite kind. A whole field of them is a very happy and calming sight to behold. – Fred

  12. The photos are just l lovely. Flowers really add beauty to any given place whether its on gardens or sports field.

  13. oh, mustard fields? i’ve never seen one before, but they definitely look pretty! i really love those 2 shots you took with the sun setting in the background.

  14. Beautiful flowers! I love the sight of the farm, hope I’d be able to visit that place too.

  15. Awesome post…. Amazing photographs….. I like desi travelling.

  16. The images are really pretty. I never knew mustard look like this before they become the sauces… thanks for sharing!

  17. interesting post about india. I will follow your blog so that i can have a deep knowledge about this country and i might visit it soon.

  18. Love the yellow flowers. It looks very peaceful to see such a beautiful field 🙂

  19. Oh my..this is in India? The images you have taken are breathtakingly beautiful. Where are the trucks and trolleys that rule the road? Love the colors and the backdrop of the son in the orange sky flung above the mustard fields.

  20. This place is so dreamy! I would want to travel to India one day. Those field of flowers looks beautiful!

  21. Nice post about travelling in India. I wish I could go to India someday with my husband. I love to eat some Indian food also. ^_^

  22. When I first started reading this article I genuinely almost stopped coz I didn’t understand some of the words written in a different language! Glad I did read it though. nice one!

    • Hey Jules: That is a good feedback, at times I forget that wonderful folks like you from other countries also read the blog. I will try and incorporate translations in future. Thanks a lot

  23. Ahaa!!!!! Your post reminded me of my sasural. Had my post marriage pics in background of Sarson ke khet.

  24. Amazing pictures, so loved the last one.

  25. Lovely photos and details of the trip… Especially loved the photo of the mist rising…

  26. Nothing like sarson ke khet to brighten up long (and bumpy!) road journeys through North India! I love catching a glimpse of these yellow fields whenever I’m travelling around Punjab. And “Oh jee ah khet twadey he nay” is exactly what I’d expect a hearty, jovial Punjabi farmer to say 🙂 Changey dil!

  27. beautiful! these are such a symbol of Punjab, I love the way sarson ke khet truly shine like gold.

  28. colorful treat 🙂

  29. Gorgeous captures. Would love to travel across the whole GT Road.

  30. Those are stunning captures. Seriously, I was mesmerized. I did see sarson ke khet on my trip to Punjab. They are gorgeous.

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