Vaisakhi

Why To Go

Vaisakhi is a long-established harvest festival of Punjab. It is celebrated on 13th or 14th April every year. Vaisakhi marks the Sikh New Year and commemorates the formation of Khalsa Panth of warriors under Guru Gobind Singh in 1699. It is also a spring harvest for the Sikhs.

Vaisakhi festival is celebrated all over northern India to mark the arrival of the new month and New Year as per the Hindu calendar. Baisakhi is the first month of the year, which marks the starting of the summer season also. This festival is celebrated mostly by the Sikh religion followers in the state of Punjab, which stipulates the birth of Khalsa, also. Farmers celebrate this as the harvesting day or thanksgiving day to pay tribute to Mother Nature, who takes care of the crops and grains and protects them all through out the year. The Hindus and other religious followers celebrate this day as per their own ways also. It is also a harvest festival.

Sikh religion peoples celebrate this day by visiting Gurudwara with flowers and other offerings. Processions are organised on the road also. Gurudwaras are decorated with lights, and they organises 48 hour Akhand Path and bhog for devotees also.

Punjab celebrates this day with liveliness. Other than that, several North Indian  states’ people celebrate this day also. The people living in Assam, West Bengal, Bihar have different cultural ways to celebrate this day too.

Travel Tips

Wear bright coloured clothes. It is a festival of Punjabis. But all regions’ people join this festivity. If possible, learn and know more about this occasion. Punjabis are known for their celebration and dance style. Join them to get all the flavours of this occasion. Be a part of them to enjoy and get the essence of this festival. Eat Punjabi dishes like Sarson da Saag, Makkiki Roti, and Lassi during this time.

Things To Do

On Vaisakhi, Gurudwaras are decorated and kirtans are held. Sikhs used to take a bath in the lakes or rivers before visiting Gurudwaras. On this day, Sikh religions do Nagar kirtan processions and gather to socialize and share festive foods. Kirtan and recital of passages from the Granth Sahib take place in the Gurudwaras. There is the distribution of the delicious Kada prasad, followed by Kar Sewa.

Getting Around

Using an auto-rickshaw is your best way to get around in Punjab. Alternatively, hire a private car to commute within the region.

How To Reach

FLIGHT

There are two international airports at Amritsar and Chandigarh, and six domestic airports at Bathinda, Pathankot, Patiala, Sahenwal airport. From the airports, avail taxi, private cars to reach your destination.

TRAIN

Northern Indian Railway runs through the state connecting most of the major town and cities. There are buses, taxis, private cars, shared taxis outside the station to take you to your destination.

ROAD

All the cities and towns of Punjab are connected by four-lane national highways. There is also Amritsar BRTS bus service in the holy city of Amritsar, linking major towns.

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Surrounding Attractions

All the cities and towns of Punjab are connected by four-lane national highways. There is also Amritsar BRTS bus service in the holy city of Amritsar, linking major towns.
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