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Category Archives: Forts and Havelis
The Pothohar region in modern-day Pakistan was strategically important, an important position between the trade routes of Central Asia and India and a number of forts were built here by rulers to consolidate their power. Rawat Fort, located on the … Continue reading
The 16th century Shahpur Kandi Fort, just 7km from Pathankot near the border with Pakistan, nestles at the foot of the Himalayas, an area of outstanding natural beauty, overlooking the River Ravi. The region, situated at confluence of the Punjab, … Continue reading
In its present form Gobindgarh Fort in Amritsar was built by Maharajah Ranjit Singh in the early 19th century and occupies a significant place in Indian military history. Located in south-east Amritsar an approximately 1.5 km north of the Golden … Continue reading
Anandpur Sahib Fort on the Chandigarh- Nangal Road, and accessible by the Ambala-Sirhind-Ropar-Nagal rail route, is steeped in Sikh history, culture and traditions. Located approximately 45 km from Ropar and 22 km from Nangal, the site, amidst the tranquil backdrop … Continue reading
Built by Emperor Jahangir in 1619 AD. This Fort was constructed by Moein Khan but after his death it was completed under the supervision of Irdat Khan and also served as a resting place for the Emperor. 1.5 lac rupees were spent on the construction of this building. Lime was used in its contruction. Continue reading
From historical evidence, Maharaja Hamir Singh founded the Phulkian state in 1755 and took over the forts at Sangrur, Bhadson (approximately 20 km north-east from the centre of Nabha town) and Amloh. The foundations of the Nabha Quila complex were laid around 1760. It was during the time of Maharaja Hamir Singh, who is said to have established his capital at Nabha in 1763 that settlements started agglomerating at the edge of the Quila complex. During Maharaja Jaswant Singh’s rule (1790-1810) the town was fortified with five gates and development activities picked up Continue reading
The city of Patiala was the capital of a Princely State and became a symbol of the royal lifestyle during the Raj. This most important city of the Malwa region of Punjab, south of the Sutlej river, has been a repository of cultural and architectural heritage in its 300 year history. Continue reading
Nur Mahal is famous for being home to Nur Jahan, wife of Mughal emperor Jahangir -she was brought up here. It houses buildings with some of the finest Mughal architecture in the state such as the Nur Mahal Sarai. Continue reading
Bahadurgarh Fort, located on the outskirts of Patiala, is a mere 6km from the city centre. The fort was originally built by Nawab Saif Khan in 1658, during the reign of Aurangzeb, and called Saifabad. It was reconstructed later over a period of eight years by Maharajah Karam Singh in 1837.
Bathinda Fort is located in heart of Bathinda city, one of the major cities across Punjab. . The fort stands tall providing a magnificent view with the city of Bathinda in background. Numerous battles were fought in this region and this fort has borne witness to many of them. Since it is located on a strategic route, it played an important part of defenses of not only state of Punjab, but for the whole country. Continue reading
Once a flourishing trade centre at the time of partition, today Jaijon is a ghost town in Hoshiarpur district; most of its former residents have migrated to other areas and many of the houses of the time lying in ruins.