The word ‘Sikhism’ comes from ‘Sikh’, which means ‘a strong and able disciple.’ Sikhism has elements of Hinduism and Islam in its traditions. Many parts of northern India including Delhi and Punjab have large population of Sikh people. Sikh culture is known for its valour because of their fierce warrior clans that were raised to fight invading Mughal armies and then the British. They are also known for their extravagant and vibrant life that revolves around colourful festivals, sprawling farmlands, good food and urge to live life in service of humanity. Sikh people believe that no one should sleep without having food. Therefore the Gurudwara (Sikh temple) around India serve free food all day called Langar. Devotion and service for humanity is deeply imbibed in every Sikh from childhood.
The Sikh community in cities like Delhi is still deeply connected to the roots in their ancestral villages and its traditions. The name ‘Punjab’ is made of two words - Punj and Ab, where Punj means ‘Five’ and Ab means ‘Rivers’.
The fertile plains of Punjab comprise of five rivers - Beas, Chenab, Sutlej, Ravi and Jhelum, all of which are tributaries of river Indus that flows into Pakistan. The landscape of Rural Punjab is filled with sprawling fields of sugarcane, mustard or citrus fruits like Orange, Kinnow and Tangerine. The village houses are huge and spacious with preference for joint family structure. The farmers of Punjab are among the most prosperous in India. All of it adds to the romanticism of living in a village of Punjab. Traditionally, Sikh people have been warriors or farmers. Since their jobs have revolved around very hard work, their food is also one of the heaviest.
In villages, the food is still mostly sourced from family farms and milk is taken from cows at home for making white butter, yoghurt, lassi and sweets. Although people of Punjab have varied kinds of dishes, but homemade white butter, paratha, and lassi is among some of the most well known meals taken in breakfast. Makki ki roti (Indian bread made of corn) and sarson ka saag (vegetable of mustard leaves) smeared with white butter followed by sweet jaggery are other well known vegetarian meals from Punjab.
Stay: Accommodation in clean & hygeinic hotel/home stay on twin sharing
Meals: Brekfast & Dinner during the trip
Activities: Rural Living, Rafting, Rafting