Ranked 23 among Places to Visit in Amritsar
Time Required: 1-2 hours
Punjab State War Heroes Memorial and Museum showcases the fabulous Bravehearts of Punjab. The museum immortalizes the bravery of the soldiers of Punjab, displayed throughout with a spirit of patriotism. Built in both a traditional and modern architectural style, it houses a state-of-the-art gallery where Punjab's martial tradition and military campaigns can be viewed. Numerous illustrations, photographs, paintings, artefacts, weapons and interactive panels can be found here, letting the tourists go back in time. The museum has a collection of photographs of the 1965 and 1971 war. A mural has been built to commemorate the work and pay tribute to the 21 Sikh soldiers who were martyred in the 1971 war. Much like the Gobindgarh Fort, the walls are constructed with the Nanakshahi brick. Tourists can travel back 3 eras, through the pre-British, British and post-independence periods with the special light and sound show organised here. The 7D auditorium is a must-do experience during your visit here, transporting visitors to the war zones of the past.
With its proximity to the Indo Pak International border, the museum is a prime attraction for tourists before the Beating Retreat ceremony at the Wagah border. The chief appeal of this fascinating museum is the 45-metre stainless steel sword preserved at the centre of the place. The sword represents the strength and courage of the people defending the nation at the peak hour of war. The glorious sword is placed on a water body with 3500 martyr names inscribed on the memorial wall. The decommissioned aircraft carrier ship MiG-23, INS Vikrant, and 3 tanks are also exhibited here. Not only does this place serve as a tourist destination, but the museum also stands as a constant source of inspiration for the youth and a reminder of the sacrifices for freedom.
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