Travel & Culture
Hoshiarpur is a small and a quiet town in the Doaba region of Punjab. It is ight in the heart of Punjab. It is located in the lap of the Shiwalik and is considered the greenest of the districts of the state. Lot of the people of this region are settled abroad. So because of that lot of foreign money comes back to Punjab. Doaba is considered to be the richest and the most developed belt of Punjab. It is also known as the citrus belt of this region .The handicrafts from Hoshiarpur are very popular and are exported to various countries. Astrologers in Hoshiarpur are very famous around the world. They are called the Bhrigu Pandits the Bhrigus are from one particular family who predict your future based on the script of Brigu Sanghita.
Places around Hoshiarpur.
Anandpur Sahib about 65 kms from Hoshiarpur. Anandpur Sahib is considered the city of bliss, with a backdrop of Naina Devi hill. Anandpur Sahib has a number of historic Gurudwaras. It was here that the 10th guru of the Sikhs Guru Gobind Singhji gave the new form of baptism and called the Sikhs thus baptized Khalsa. On the day following Holi devotees flock to Anandpur Sahib to participate in Holla Mohalla celebrations re-enacting the past Sikh battles with ancient arms and weapons. Holla mohalla, the most colorful and the only of its type event are a pleasant experience.
Mata Chintpurni and Jwalaji temples- These two historic temples are a stones throw from Hoshiarpur hardly 35kms from here attract a lot of devotees from far away places.
Pong dam situated around 65kms from Hoshiarpur is a paradise for anglers. One can get Mahasher, Shanghara and many more at the dam. fishing permits are arranged by the citrus county in advance. Pong is home to about 220 species of birds including pintails, mallards. red jungle fowl, and partridges the birds which the British loved hunting. It is also host to migratory birds which come in abundance. Last year there were over a lakh of them at this wetland. water sports is also one of the main activities at the dam one can enroll for a short course which lasts from one week to 15 days.
Amritsar - around 125 kms day trip- Amritsar is known as the Mecca of the Sikhs. The Golden Temple 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. The Wagah border, the border with Pakistan is about 30 kms from the holy city and offers a retreat by the soldiers of both India and Pakistan at the same time and is worth seeing as it is open for public.