Sanghol, also known as Uchha Pind, is a village of historical importance, located in the Fatehgarh Sahib district of Punjab. It is also known as Uchha Pind as it is located on top of a huge mound that is spread over an area of 200 km. A treasure trove of archaeological finds, it dates back to the Harappan civilisation. Sanghol has secured a special place for itself on the archaeological atlas of India. The village of Sanghol also finds mention in the works of Hiuen Tsang, a Chinese traveller from the 7th century. It is most famous for its archaeological museum, that boasts of relics and coins excavated from this area. Art lovers and history enthusiasts frequent the Sanghol Museum. The art pieces from this museum also go on display as special, exclusive exhibits at museums around the world. The excavations from Sanghol are of utmost archaeological significance and help understand the history and cultural heritage of Punjab.
Sanghol Museum - Entry and Timings
The entrance to the Sanghol Museum is free. The Sanghol Museum operates 10 AM to 5 PM on all days except Monday. The museum remains closed on all Mondays.
Sanghol Museum or The Archaeological Site Museum
Sanghol museum is an ancient site of Harappan culture and is presently being maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India. The present building of the museum was inaugurated in the April of 1990, as a sub-division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, Archaeology and Museums under the Government of Punjab. The museum was set up by the Government to preserve and display the archaeological treasures for public appreciation. The coins and seals excavated from here belong to the Toramana and Mihirakula rulers of Central Asia. A Buddhist stupa was also uncovered in the year of 1968.
In addition to those, 117 intricately carved stone sculptures were unearthed by the experts of the Directorate of Archaeology. They comprised of 69 pillars, 35 crossbars and several other figures and figurines. They are believed to belong to the Mathura School of Art of the 1st and 2nd century AD. Several relics from the Harappan civilisation are also on display here. On the whole, the Sanghol museum is home to a staggering number of 1500 artefacts. The museum aims to preserve Punjab’s cultural treasures while encouraging the public to build their appreciation of the rich heritage.
How to Reach Sanghol
Sanghol is located at a distance of 20 km from Sirhind. The recommended way to reach Sanghol from Sirhind is to hire a private taxi.