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Timings : 10:00 AM -10:00 PM

Time Required : 4-5 hours

Entry Fee : Indians: INR 35,
Foreigners: INR 100,
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Gobindgarh Fort, Amritsar Overview

Gobindgarh Fort echoes the grand stories of Punjab's past. The historic fort represents the glorious past of 257 years, starting with the Bhangi Misl era and ending with the Indian Army after The British East India Company. Gobindgarh Fort was first known as 'Bhagian da Qilla' built by Gujar Singh in 1760's. Visitors can tour the area which has now been extraordinarily developed into a live museum, acting as a repository of Punjab's History. The Tokshakhana which is now a museum in the fort was used to store the famous Kohinoor diamond.

Maharaja Ranjit Singh enhanced the majestic fort, adding elements which were influenced by the French architecture. The alluring monument was opened to the public on 10 February 2017 after being restored by the Government with the help of the Asian Development Bank. A visit to this marvel is a one of its kind experience, with camel rides, traditional folk performances and at nightfall has a special recreation of history through a 7D laser art show. The bungalow, one of the attractions at the fort, used to serve as a residence to Garrison Commanders during the British era. Visitors can end their visit to this magnificent fort by enjoying some authentic Punjabi cuisine at the Ambarasi Zaika or choosing to buy souvenirs and gifts in the Haat bazaar inside the premises.

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The architecture of the Gobindgarh Fort

The glorious fort is built out of lime and bricks, with 25 cannons and 4 bastions in its premises. The main entrance Nalwa Gate is named after Hari Singh Nalwa (Commander-in-chief of the Sikh Khalsa Army). On the eastern side, one can find a wooden door with fine intricate work called the Darwasa-a-i-Ali, which serves as the main entrance. The intriguing fort has an underground tunnel which leads to the Lohgarh Fort in Lahore. The moats that encircle the fort, measuring 100 metres in perimeter, were influenced by the French military architectural style. The dhab which supplied the water surrounding the moats was called Moti Jhil. Artillery was produced inside alongside a coin minting factory which is converted into a museum.

History of the Gobindgarh Fort

Gujjar Singh Bhangi originally built the historic fort in the 18th century, calling it the Bhangian Da Qila. It was later captured and enhanced by Maharaja Ranjit Singh in the early 19th century, renaming it after the 10th Sikh guru, Guru Gobind Singh. The fort was also a witness to the grand wedding of Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s grandson Prince Nau Nihal Singh in 1837. Maharaja Ranjit Singh further strengthened the great fort in order to save Harmandir Sahib and the city from any invasion. The revised plans were heavily inspired by French Military for which he took the help of a French architect. A fifty-meter tall water tower, which was completed in 1874, was demolished by the Indian Army after independence.

Activities at the Gobindgarh Fort

Sher e Punjab - A 7D show on the life of Maharaja Ranjit Singh will instantly take visitors back to the 19th century in the most enchanting way, leaving them amazed. The glorious history of the great king is depicted in a manner meant to educate and inspire visitors using holography and pepper ghost technology. This attraction is aptly called Sher e Punjab.

Toshakhana - The coin minting house where old and new coins are displayed now is known as the Coin Museum. The importance of this museum is that the famous Kohinoor diamond which was worn by the Maharaja was once stored here. A replica of the Kohinoor is now in the display under the original Nanakshahi brick. The circular structure of the roof, which has remained intact after all these years, continues to amaze visitors.

The Bungalow - The building, formerly serving as a residence to the Garrison Commanders, has been converted into an ancient warfare museum. There is a wide display of replicas of warfare instruments and attires along with lifelike figurines in the museum.

Spirit of Punjab -  A stage where live performances of bhangra, gatka, gidda, comedy, games, dholi etc are performed all day long. Competitions are held and prizes are given away each day to visitors who take part.

Ambarsari Zaika - Swaad Gali is where visitors can indulge in authentic Amritsari Punjabi cuisine in the various shops and live counters that impress the taste buds of the tourists.

Haat Bazaar - The famous Amritsari Juttis, Phulkaris, antiques are a delight for tourists looking for souvenirs and gifts.

Kanda Boldiyan Ne - The mute walls of the fort have a story to tell after being a witness of history. Whispering Wall is one of the kind shows with the famous laser and art projectors depicting Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s life using mapping technology. Every evening, the show takes place after sunset, in both Punjabi and English taking the viewers breathe away.
Show Time - Punjabi voice-over at 8:30 PM. English Voice-over at 10:15 PM

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