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Category Archives: Princely Punjab
In the centre of the dusty town of Kapurthala is a bizarre sight that hark back to the opulence and extravagance of the nineteenth century Sikh maharajas. The Jagatjit Singh palace, set within a 200 acre park has a spectacular architecture based on the Palace … Continue reading
The Summer Palace of Maharajah Ranjit Singh in Amritsar is approximately two miles north of The Golden Temple. It can be reached via the SR-1 national highway. Ask locals for directions to the Ram Bagh Gardens or Maharajah Ranjit Singh’s museum. … 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
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
The Moorish Mosque, Kapurthala, is a spectacular mosque built by Maharaja Jagatjit Singh who was the last ruler of Kapurthala state. It took over 13 years for construction of this mosque which got completed in the year 1930. It is a fine example of the Moorish architecture and one of the few monuments with Moorish architecture in the region. Continue reading
Almost certainly the richest source of Sikh artefacts, arts and arms outside of India and arguably in the world. On display within Nehru gallery are a number of Sikh arms including a complete Nihang Dastaar Bunga and the stunning Golden Throne of Maharaja Ranjit Singh. Within the reading room are dozens of very important paintings in the Kangra style and a number of rare publications. 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