One of the most spiritual places in India, Golden Temple, also known as Sri Harmandir Sahib, is the holiest shrines in Sikhism and is alive with religious fervour and sacredness. Its divinity is a thing that can only be experienced and not described. In spite of the thousands of people milling about in the premises of the temple, the only voice you will hear around you is silence interspersed with chants of the Sikh prayers.
Jallianwala Bagh was a great historical place in Punjab during the Indian struggle for Independence. It is a public garden in Amritsar which houses a memorial of national importance that was established by the government of India in 1951 to commemorate the massacre of peaceful celebrators by the British forces on April 13, 1919.
Wagah Border is a road border between India and Pakistan. It is a famous tourist spot nowadays because of the famous beating retreat ceremony that is held every day before sunset. Almost 5,000 people visit the border to be a part of this ceremony. The flag ceremony is conducted by the Indian Border Security Force and Pakistan Rangers.
Summer palace turned into museum, Maharaja Ranjit Singh Museum is a lovely building which archives the Royal Heritage of Maharaja Ranjit Singh such as arms and armour, outstanding paintings and century old coins and manuscripts.
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Famous for its architecture, Khair-ud-Din Masjid was established by Mohd. Khairuddin. It is the historical place in Punjab from where the great call for waging war against the looting British was announced by Tootie-e-Hind, Shah Attaullah Bukhari.
Gurudwara Mata Kaulan is located on the edge of Kaulan reservoir, is named after Kaulan, a believer who was severely punished by the patriarchs, yet it failed to dissuade her.
Housing the Granth Sahib and their gurus, Guru Ke Mahal was founded by Guru Ram Das in 1573 as a little cottage that went on to shelter the great gurus of the Sikhs.
With more than twelve galleries catering to subjects like the Kargil War and Ancient History, the Maharaja Ranjit Singh War Museum contains an extensive memoir of India's past.
Lodhi Fort is one of the forts in the vicinity of Ludhiana in Punjab. Locally known as Purana Qila or Old Fort, it is a grand structure which now lies in ruins due to poor maintenance. The fort stands on a large piece of land now encroached from all sides.
Designed by Dewan Mokham Chand, general of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, the fort is an architectural wonder and never fails to attract visitors from far flung places.
Literally meaning the Palace of Mirrors, Sheesh Mahal was built as a part of the Old Moti Bagh Palace in the 19th century. There are a lot of frescoes, mostly made under the reign of Maharaja Narinder Singh.
Baradari Gardens, located north of Old Patiala city nearby Sheranwala Gate was built during the reign of Maharaja Rajinder Singh. It houses a lot of rare trees, shrubs and flowers along which graces the presence of colonial buildings.
The Qila Mubarak complex is a rampart fort cum palace built in Sikh Palace architectural style- a derivative of Mughal and Rajput style of architecture in India.
Nurpur Fort is a 900 year old fort, popular for its ancient Krishna temple located in the inner sanctum. It was built by Pathania Rajputs and later Shah Jahan named it after his beloved wife Nur Jahan. This historic place in Punjab was affected by the great earthquake in 1905, many parts of it got damaged but even today it stands tall with all its glory.
Built by the Shah Jahan's Rajput Chief Jaspal Singh Pathania in 1505, Shahpurkandi Fort was built to protect regions of Nurpur and Kangra. Today, the fort is in ruins but is a beautiful historic place in Punjab for a quick getaway.
Spread over a massive area of 40,000 sq. m, the rose garden is situated close to the thermal power plant in Bhatinda. The garden, as the name suggests, is famous for its varied species of roses.
Qila Mubarak is situated in Bhatinda city of Punjab. It is a monument of great historical importance. The presence of the fort can be traced back to the 90-110 AD. Razia Sultana, the first lady ruler of the Delhi Sultanates was kept imprisoned in this fort after she was defeated and dethroned.
The construction of the fort was done during the reign of the Kushanas. The Kushana ruler of Northern India, Kanishka had built this fort along with Raja Dab.
Situated 15 km off Bhatinda, this forest shelters an ancient Gurdwara where Shri Guru Nanak Dev delivered Shri Japuli Sahibs - one lakh holy sermons. The 10th Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh has also marked the holy place with his visit.
Another holy place for worship, the Mazaar of Peer Haji Rattan draws many pilgrims to the site.
Government museum and art gallery in Chandigarh is one of the prominent museums of India that speaks well of the history and partition of India. Established in August 1947, the museum is known for its rich collection of paintings, artifacts, sculptures and also for its unique architecture designed by Le Corbusier. The museum is located in the center of the town and offers the view of the Shivalik ranges in the backdrop.
Spread over a massive area of 100 acres and also known as Yadvinder Garden, Pinjore Garden is a spectacle to behold.
Chronicling the Independence era, this museum houses the portraits, recorded voices of the great leaders of India and rare documents in connection with the freedom struggle.
Which of these historical places in Punjab have you visited?
This post was published by Surbhi Parashar