Punjab is best known for a stunning countryside, ‘true from the heart’ hospitality, and a vibrant culture of music, dance and delicious food. Trees in the farms of Punjab stoop with robust produce of fruits, and mustard fields stretch to the horizon on both sides of the roads. Then there is always the draw of the soothing Golden Temple, where thousands walk through the doors each day and yet there is a strong calming vibe to it. But on this trip with Maruti Suzuki Alto, it’s time to immerse in the festive spirit of Lohri, along with all the other local experiences of the state.
Sampling the farm life
Delicious local food
The drive starts from Ludhiana to Amritsar, with the company of lush green fields. Tune into the rhythm of countryside hamlets till you reach the mirror flat waters of Tarn Taran Sahib. This is one of the largest lakes in India. On its banks lies the namesake Gurudwara. Wind the day at Amritsar.Day 2:
The day in Amritsar is reserved to visit the Golden Temple. Then, we roam the labyrinth of lanes with secret food pit stops that trump large chains any day. It’s Lohri time, one of the biggest festivals of the stay, so expect Amritsar to be abuzz with activity and colours. Leaving Amritsar without visiting the markets, crammed with phulkari, juttis and local crafts would be heretical. Spirits are high for a trip to the Wagah Border, to watch the lowering of the flags on both Indian and Pakistan posts. Nationalism is at an all time high on both sides, as the BSF jawans click heels with chest high stomping and twirling moustache to intimidate the opponent. On the other hand there is the hallmark of peace – a concept restaurant called Sarhad. We visit to get a flavour of some Pakistani cuisine and stories of unity.Day 3:
It’s time to experience the farm life in Hoshiarpur. Cycling, cooking with locals and a bonfire at night is the order of the day. The Lohri celebrations are one to witness.Day 4:
Take in the last of the spirited state, as you head back to Chandigarh.
Detailed itineraries will be shared closer to the trip date.
Civil engineer turned actor, photographer and costume designer, Sheetal Rai wears many hats. When not riding a motorcycle along the length and breadth of the country, you can find her dabbling in video editing and even directing.
Born traveller and explorer, while Vikas's soul is in the mountains, he needs to be in the city for his sound design and music production interests. He's always on the look out for lesser treaded places to travel to with his friends.
All of 10 years, Himanshi has her heart set on Kashmiri songs and travel. There couldn't be a better trip for her to explore the folk music of Punjab