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Punjab
Golden Temple in Amritsar, Punjab
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeGolden Temple in Amritsar, Punjab - Credit: Angad Pal Singh Kingra

Kim’s epic journey across India begins in the state of Punjab, where Kipling himself had lived as a young man.

 

Map of Punjab
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeMap of Punjab - Credit: Ktims, en.wikipedia

 

 

 

 

 

In Kipling’s time, Punjab was an undivided Indian state under British rule. After the creation of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan in 1956, the region was divided between north western India and what became eastern Pakistan. Punjab has a distinct identity as the land of the Sikhs and lays claim to Sikhism’s holiest sites, including the Golden Temple at Amritsar (pictured).