- around a 125 km day trip - Amritsar
is known as the Mecca of the Sikhs.
The Golden Temple was founded by Guru
Ramdas the 4th guru of the Sikhs in
the year 1579 and completed by the 5th
guru Arjun Dev who also enshrined in
it the holy book of Sikhs, the Guru
Granth Sahib. Amritsar is also known
for its food and hospitality.
Wagah border, the border with
Pakistan is about 30 kms from the holy
city and features a simultaneous retreat
by the soldiers of both India and Pakistan
at sundown. The retreat is worth watching
for the theatrics of the entire operation.
of the most awe inspiring structure
of the ancient times, "The
Moorish Mosque, Kapurthala City"
in Punjab was erected by the royal
King of the region "Jagatjit Singh"
in 1930. The Moorish Mosque of the
Kapurthala city is an architectural
wonder of the by gone days of the
golden era. The last King of the
city Shri Jagatjit Singh had hired a
French architect to construct the
lavish building. Modeled after the
Qutbiya Mosque of Marakesh in
Moracco, the sprawling building of
"The Moorish Mosque" is an important
landmark of the ancient city of
Sheesh Mahal, Patiala was built
behind the main Moti Bagh Palace to
serve as a pleasure complex. The paintings
in two of its well maintained, mirror-worked
chambers are of Kangra and Rajasthani
qalam, depicting the poetic visions
of Keshav, Surdas and Bihari. The Sheesh
Mahal now houses a museum an art gallery,
and also the North Zone Cultural Centre,
set up by a society to preserve art.