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A Turbulent History – A Distinctive Culture

Settled as long as 3000 BC by the Harappan civilization, and swept by invading armies of Aryans, Mauryans, Mughals, Afghans and the British Raj, the Punjab has over the centuries absorbed, rejected or refined a multitude of external cultural influences.

The result of these invasions can be seen in the fascinating mix of architecture, culture and folklore of present day Punjab. notably in the former princely states of Patiala, Kapurthala and Faridkot and its principal pilgrimage sites. Much reduced in size since Partition (1947), the Punjab is the proud and thriving home of Sikhism, the casteless egalitarian religion that evolved in the 16th century, whose holiest shrine is the magnificent Golden Temple at Amritsar.

Out of this turbulent history has emerged a people, distinctive in appearance and customs, known throughout India for their hospitality, generosity and love of life – and good food! Nowhere in India will be made to feel more welcome as a visitor.

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