Punjab, the chief wheat producing area of the country, is the
overland entry point into India. The state is also known for its
production of sports and hosiery goods. The holiest shrine for the
Sikhs is the Golden Temple in Amritsar, so called because the
dome is covered with gold leaf.
Amritsar - the holy city
of Sikhs, has grown from a sacred village pond intoa spiritual
temporal centre of Sikh culture. The city gets its name from
thepool-Amritsar (Pool of Nectar), which was constructed by the fourth
religiouspreceptor of the Sikh faith. It also lies on the Asain
Temperature (deg C) : Summer- Max. 34, Min. 15;
Winter- Max. 18, Min. 0.
Rainfall : 59.2 cms.
Clothing : Cotton in summer and Woollen in Winter.
STD Code : 0183.
HOW TO GET THERE :
Air : Amritsar is connected by air with Delhi and
Shrinagar. Fare : Calcutta-Delhi-Amritsar Rs.6017 (US$ 220).
Rail : Amritsar is connected by rail with Delhi,
Calcutta, Bombay, Varanasi, Wagah (Attari Border) and some other
places in India. Fare (approx) : Calcutta-Amritsar Rs.2800 (AC-I), Rs.1600 (AC-2A),
Rs.1300 (I), Rs.360 (Sleeper).
Road : Amritsar is connected by bus with Ambala,
Chandigarh, Delhi, Ferozepur, Jammu etc. Some of the road distances
are as follows:- Jammu 216 kms, Ferozepur 160 kms, Chandigarh 235
kms, Delhi 435 kms and Wagah 29 kms.
Local Transport : Cycle Rickshaws, Taxis, City
WHAT TO SEE
Golden Temple, Akal Takht, Durgiana Temple, Jallaianwala Bagh,
Saragarhi Gurudwara, Tower of Baba Atal, Academy of Fine Arts, Central
Museum & S.G.Thakur Singh Art Gallery.
Gobindwal Sahib- 30 kms, Taran Taaran- 22 kms, Baba Bakala Gurudwara
45 kms, Ram Tirath- 10 kms, Preet Nagar- 20 kms, Amanat Khan Sarai and
Hari-ke-Patten- 38 kms.
TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRE
Tourist Bureau, Government of Punjab, Palace Hotel, Opposite Railway
Station, Tel: (0183) 42164.
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The city of Chandigarh
lies in the valley surrounded by Shiwalik Hills that hem the great
Himalayas. From here one can travel northwards to the hill resorts of
Shimla Kulu, Manali, Dharmashala and Dalhousie. Chandigarh is not only
the most modern city in the country but has been planned to perfection
by the world famous French architect le Corbusier.
Altitude : 304.8 to 365.78 metres.
Temperature (deg C) : Summer- Max 37, Min 23; Winter-
Max 24, Min 5.
Rainfall : 111.4 cms.
Best Season : October to March.
TRANSPORT AND COMMUNICATION
Air : Indian Airlines connect Chandigarh with
Delhi, Jammu, Shrinagar and Leh. Vayudoot Services connect
Chandigarh with Delhi, Kulu and Gaggad.
Rail : Chandigarh, the terminus of Northern Railway,
is connected with Bombay, Delhi, Kalka and other major cities in
Road : Chandigarh is connected by good motorable
roads with Amritsar 240 kms, Dehradhun 230 kms, Delhi 248 kms,
Shimla 117 kms, Kulu 279 kms, Bhakra 116 kms, Kasauli 77 kms, Jammu
Bus Services : Regular bus services connect Chandigarh with Amritsar, Delhi, Dharamshala, Kulu, Manali, Nangal,
Pathankot and Shimla.
PLACES OF INTEREST
The Secratariat, The Assembly & High Court, Zakir Hussain
Rose Garden (2 kms), Rock Garden, Sukhna Lake, Govt. Museum & Art
Gallery & Punjab University Complex, International Doll Museum,
National Gallery of Portraits.
Pinjore Gardens (25 kms), Bhima Devi Temple (22 kms), Chattbir Zoo (22
kms), Mansa Mandir / Chandi Mandir (10 kms), Bhakra Nangal (116 kms),
Ponta Sahib (135 kms), Naina Devi (110 kms).
Chandigarh Tourism, Sector 17, Tel: 544614
Himachal Tourism, Sector 22, Tel: 43569
Tourism, Sector 22, Tel: 41649
Haryana Tourism, Sector 17, Tel: 542955-57
Punjab Tourism, Sector 22, Tel: 43570
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Department of Tourism. Ministry of Tourism and Culture.
Government of India.