The "106th Indian Science Congress" is going to be organized by Lovely Professional University, situated in Punjab, a state which is considered as the bread-basket of India as well as the land of rivers. The mere name is the evidence of its fertility which is the amalgamation of the two words ‘panj’ and ‘ab’ which means five rivers. However, partition of India resulted in division of Punjab, leaving only two rivers flowing through the state currently. Punjabi culture is one of the richest and the most celebrated cultures in the world. It comprises of not only literature, cuisine, architecture but also values as well as history. Punjabi people are known to be ardent, amiable and gracious. In the earlier time, it used to be known as the place of warriors and rescuers owing to its undaunted civilians. The Aryans are considered to be the predecessors of today’s Punjabi population. Though Punjab is majorly the state of Sikhs, yet all religions’ folks live here with brotherhood and spread the message of equality. As agriculture is the primary occupation, majority of the population is involved in it, making Punjab the food producer of the country. Besides, manufacturing augmentation in the late 20th century is the substantiation of its comprehensive development.
Sri Harimandir Sahib (Golden Temple) is located in the most visited city of Punjab, known as Amritsar. This foremost religious place of Sikhism is the epitome of magnificence and consummate placidity. Cast, creed and colour lose their connotation when a devotee bows his head in the shrine, situated in the holy pond. The four entrances of the shrine welcome people from all walks of life and religions without any discrimination. The temple has been built a level lower than the surrounding land level which is the paradigm of religious message of consensus and modesty.
Jallianwala Bagh, one of the most eminent historical attractions in India, is sited near Golden Temple, Amritsar. This garden reminds of the naïve and unarmed men, women and children who had gathered on the celebrative occasion of ‘Baisakhi’ in 1919 but were ambushed by General Dyer. ‘The Martyrs’ Well’ can be witnessed where several people had dived into, on that fateful day and lost their lives. As a mark of respect to the martyrs’, The Flame of Honour was added soon after the erection of a befitting memorial. The garden has been visited by eminent dignitaries from all over the world including Queen Elizabeth II in 1997.
Bagah Border is the line separating India and Pakistan. People from all over India and Pakistan visit Bagah Border because of the Beating Retreat Ceremony, a spectacular, co-ordinated display before sun set. The Indian Border Security Force and Pakistan Rangers have been conducting this ceremony since 1959. The ceremony starts with the lowering of the flags of both nations, followed by the closing of international gates.
Situated on the border of Punjab and Himachal Pradesh, Bhakra Dam is the highest straight gravity Dam in the World. A glance of this engineering miracle leaves the tourists mesmerized. Nearly 13 km upstream from Nangal township, the dam is situated in the Bhakra village of Bilaspur. Construction of this dam has resulted in preventing floods in Sutlej-Beas river valley, providing irrigation to adjoining states and giving hydroelectricity. Visitors can also avail water sports at the famous Gobind lake.
Situated between the capital complex and Sukhna Lake in Sector-1 of Chandigarh, Rock garden is a peculiarly unique world. Formation of art objects from the industrial and urban waste provides it a distinct identity in the world. A dream land of palaces, soldiers, monkeys, village life, women and temples has come into existence with the use of rocks, boulders, broken chinaware, discarded fluorescent tubes, broken and cast away glass bangles, building waste, coal and clay, spreading the message that best should taken out of the waste. This heritage site is the center of attraction for artists and savants from all over the world.
Dispersed over an area of 2600 hectares, Sukhna Lake is one of the major tourist destinations in Chandigarh. The lake is enclosed with a golf course on one side and the famous Rock Garden on the other. Government of India has declared it as a Reserved National Wetland. Fascinating water sport activities such as boating, sailing, rowing, windsurfing, sculling, yachting and water skiing are carried out by the tourists. The serene atmosphere, melodious chirp of birds and the captivating picturesque makes one forget the worries of the world.
Pushpa Gujral Science City is built on the outskirts of Kapurthala city. It sprawls across 72 acres and was constructed with an objective of inculcating scientific fervor among the youth away from conventional text books. The place is laced with many distinctive elements of science and stimulates a sense of belonging and bonhomie for science and technology. A colossal dinosaur, numerous museum grounds and galleries showcasing range of subjects, from physical to social sciences, engineering, health, nuclear science and robotics capture the imagination of visitors. A theatre screen, laser effects, flight and earthquake simulator, a virtual reality gallery and wonderfully designed fun science centre attract children and lend an opportunity to explore the wonders of space. The place indeed fosters the spirit of learning with an amalgamation of fun and exploration.