Ram Bagh

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. A walk though the gardens makes a nice break from the congestion and noise of the city.  You’ll follow in the foot steps of Maharajah Ranjit Singh who frequently visited his palace and named the surrounding gardens Ram Bagh. During the British period the name was changed to the The Company Bagh.

The palace was constructed under the supervision of Fakir Azeez-ud-din and Sardars Lehna Singh and Desa Singh Majithia, nobles of the Lahore Darbar at a cost of 125,000 Rupees in 1819 AD. The imposing structure was built in an exquisite garden, based upon the Shalimar Bagh in Lahore, spreading across 84 acres of rare and unique plants, trees and flowers and colourful lawns, and encircled by a 14 foot high rampart and moat.

The entrance to the Palace is guarded by the imposing Ram Bagh Gate, the only surviving gate built during Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s time, which was beautifully designed by architects from Delhi under the supervision of Fakir Azeez-ud-din. However, the gate is placed on the periphery of the garden today.

Today the gardens and the summer palace are being restored to their former glory. THe garden follows the char-bagh pattern of the formal mughal garden and with the aid experts the some of water channels, fountains and plant schemes are being restored.  The summer palace has been converted into a museum displaying oil paintings, miniatures, coins, and weapons relating to the Sikh period as well as a replica of the ‘Kohinoor’ diamond. There is just a nominal charge to enter into the garden which is open to tourists every day except for Wednesdays. The museum is open from 10am to 5pm everyday apart from Mondays.

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