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Among the lower-ranked service and artisan castes are the Lohars, Tarkhans, and Chamars.The homeland of the Punjabis lies on the plains of the upper Indus Valley, covering an area of roughly 104,200 square miles (270,000 square kilometers).Punjab Province in Pakistan includes just about all of the Punjab (West Punjab) that was assigned to Pakistan in 1947.
The hills bordering the plain are higher than 4,000 feet (1,200 meters) in the Shiwaliks and about 5,000 feet (1,500 meters) in the Salt Range. The average January temperature is 55° F (13° C ), although minimums drop close to freezing and hard frosts are common.
Much of the folk tradition is oral, passed on through the generations by traditional peasant singers, mystics, and wandering gypsies.
Many folk tales are sung to the accompaniment of music.
As recently as the nineteenth century, much of the area was united under the Sikh nation of Ranjit Singh.
Britain administered the Punjab as a province of its Indian Empire.The Punjab has a subtropical climate, with hot summers and cool winters. Rainfall varies from about 49 inches (125 centimeters) in the hills in the northeast to no more than 8 inches (20 centimeters) in the dry southwest. However, weather systems from the northwest bring valuable amounts of rain in the winter.