Punjab means “the land of five rivers”. The five rivers are the Beas, Chenab, Jhelum, Ravi and Sutlej.
Punjab throbs with the vibrant culture of equally vibrant people.It is a state where dreams of moving with the times have blossomed among the lush green fields and fertile soil. With its unparalleled style of transforming opportunity into success stories through enterprise and endeavor, Punjab has always been at the forefront in the development story of India
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Most of the Punjab is a fertile plain with many rivers, and an extensive irrigation canal system. The area of Punjab can be divided into 3 parts. Malwa makes up the majority of the region consisting of 11 districts. Mahja is an historical region of Indian Punjab. It lies between the Ravi and the Sutlej – two of the great Five Rivers. Dooaba is a region surrounded by the Beas and Sutlej rivers. The name Doaba literally means two-rivers. It is one of the most fertile regions in the world.
More than 60% of the people in the state are Sikhs, while the remaining population mostly follow a dual religious traditions, believing in Sikhism along with their major faith. The holiest of Sikh shrines, the Sri Harmandir Sahib Ji (or Golden Temple), is in the city of Amritsar. The Sri Akal Takht Sahib which resides within the Golden temple complex is the temporal seat of Sikhs.
Tourism in Indian Punjab centers around the historic palaces, battle sites, great Sikh architecture of the state and the surrounding region.
The philosophy of life for most of the Punjabis is to eat, drink and make merry.
They are dynamic people who are extremely fond of eating good food. In the preparation of Punjabi food, onion, ginger and garlicare used extensively to enhance the taste of the food.
The cuisine of Punjab has an enormous variety of mouth-watering vegetarian as well as non vegetarian dishes. The spice content ranges from minimal to pleasant to high. Wheat is the staple food of Punjabis, however, they do enjoy eating rice on special occasions.
Home cooked and restaurant Punjabi cuisine can vary significantly, with restaurant style using large amounts of clarified butter, known locally as ghee, with liberal amounts of butter and cream with home cooked concentrating on mainly upon preparations with Whole Wheat, Rice and other ingredients flavored with masalas (spices).
Traditional Punjabi thali consists of varied kinds of breads; some are baked in the tandoor such as tandoori roti, lachha paratha, naan and kulcha, while others are dry baked on tava like chapatti and jowar ki roti. Also, there are breads that are shallow fried such as parantha and deep fried such as puri and bhatoora.
The main masala in a Punjabi dish consists of onion, garlic and ginger. Tandoori food is a Punjabi specialty especially for non-vegetarian dishes. Punjabi food is probably the most popular and in-demand in any Indian restaurant – but the world at large. Find out what all the excitement is about…Try some of our famous Punjabi dishes today!