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Posts Tagged ‘Punjab’

Punjab: The Land of Five Rivers

  Punjab, also known as India’s bread basket because of its extremely fertile soil, is located in northwest India and forms part of the larger Punjab region. The state covers an area of 50, 362 km sq and has five rivers flowing through it. The name Punjab comes from a combination of two words “panj”, [...]

Sarson Da Saag

If you haven’t already guessed from the word “da” in the name of the dish, Sarson da Saag is a culinary delicacy owing its origin to the Indian state of Punjab. If you had a chance to be a guest to a Punjabi household, or have a Punjabi friend/colleague/neighbour then you’ll probably know how Saag [...]

Sikh Empire: The Regal Rulers of the Indian Subcontinent

  The Sikh Empire refers to the reign of the Khalsa in India primarily under Maharaja Ranjit Singh from 1799 to 1849. However, the foundation stone for the empire was laid in the year 1707, when the Mughal Empire was breathing its last, following the death of Aurangzeb. The Sikh Empire is known to have [...]

Punjab, its palatial palaces and crenellated forts

Think Punjab… and the State’s sprawling farmlands are one of the first things that comes to  mind. A State known for its flowing rivers, lush greenery, yellow fields that have been used as a backdrop in many a Bollywood movie, historic sites, Gurudwaras and temples, museums and other landmarks, friendly people, vibrant culture and delectable [...]

Celebrating Lohri!

One of North India’s biggest festivals, Lohri, is celebrated annually on the 13th of January. A festival celebrated with great pomp and gaiety, Lohri is celebrated in Northern India to mark the end of harsh winter, the cold months of Pans which are from mid-December to mid-January and to mark the start of the bright [...]

Part II of our series-Ready for an October Fest? Karwa Chauth

  India is often described as ‘A land of festivals’ with nearly one festival being celebrated in every corner of the country nearly every day. But here’s a festival that feels like a scene just out of any Bollywood movie… where one can find the womenfolk adorned in their bridal finery awaiting the sighting of [...]

What to expect from Jalandhar : Punjab’s oldest city!

A city that is home to many an historical edifice, Jalandhar is a city with some interesting legends behind its name. While many believed that the land emerged from the sea, according to popular belief, some say that Jalandhar or ‘Prasthala’ as it was known during the time of the Mahabaratha, was named after the [...]

Celebrating Nag Panchami in India

India, the land shrouded in mystery and exotic charm… Think India… does the image of snake charmers and mystics come immediately to your mind?  Then the story of Nag Panchami will definitely be of interest to you! A festival celebrated across India on the 5th day of the moonlit-fortnight in the month of Shravan. According to the Hindu calendar, [...]

Chandigarh :Welcoming one & all with an ‘Open Hand’

One of the most important matches was played in Mohali last night, wasn’t it ironic that it was in Chandigarh? A city that sports an ‘Open Hand’ as its official emblem… its significance conveying a symbolic message of peace and unity that is “open to give, open to receive”! While we welcome our neighbors from [...]

Social Significance of the Festival of Lohri!

Right amid the freezing weather, with temperatures going down every moment, dense fog settled outside and everything going on for stagnancy, one can still feel a flagrant wave of activity underlying everything in the north of India. People in places like Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, seems busy preparing for the long awaited festival of Lohri. [...]