Punjab, near Delhi, remains a throwback to more peaceful times away from the car horns and throngs of people who fill the typical Indian street and packed produce markets. The five rivers that run through the Punjab state lend themselves to farming with the area boasting an abundance of paddy fields which use the verdant land as a basis for quality annual rice harvests.
Many of the Indian states are becoming more urbanised, but locals in Punjab seem resistant to this. Planting paddy fields by hand, a nod to technology with tractors to help with some farming activities and religious people paying tribute to their idols at Gurudwara are just some of the sights. Music is popular here also, with local Punjab music now making its way around India, selling particularly well in the southern parts of the country, and in select places abroad.
The Punjab benefits in some ways from its proximity to Delhi. When tourists become disenchanted with the constant din of activity in New Delhi, they can use what is considered the best modern highway in all of India, to make the relatively short journey to the Punjab state.
The journey from New Delhi is an appealing one with lush green scenery, interesting backwaters, and the occasional waterfall, all of which indicate an escape from New Delhi into a different, special place within India.
There is plenty of history to be found in the Punjab too. The Golden Temple at Amritsar is one of the more tourist orientated places to visit in the area. Sikh building designs and the waters that reflect many colours as the sun beams down are particularly attractive.
The Wagah Border is an interesting place to spend some time in the evening and a ceremony depicting relations between India and Pakistan is performed for the waiting crowds. Museums abound in the area too with historical artefacts relating to the shared history between India and the British on display. Indeed, the Punjab state makes for a fascinating addition to any visit to India.