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Shahpur Kandi Fort

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 »

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The National Army Museum

The main collection includes a few pieces of interest, a shamsher presented by Maharaja Ranjit Singh to General Hodson and a few medals. The reading rooms however contain the real treasure. Continue reading »

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Malerkotla

The town of Malerkotla was divided into two parts – Maler and Kotla. Maler may have been named after an individual named Malher Singh who is said to have constructed a Kaccha fort here called Malhergarh. The town of Malher was founded by Sadr-u-din in 1466, an Afghan. A pious man and disciple of Peer Rukha Alam of Multan (Pakistan), he left the Peer and settled at Bhumsi in the remains of the Malhergarh fort. Behlol Lodhi stayed here on way to Delhi and was so impressed with him that on becoming King of Delhi, he married off his daughter Taj to Sadr-u-din and gave him 68 villages in dowry. Around the hut of Sadr-u-din emerged a Basti named Malher after the fort Malhergarh. Continue reading »

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Nabha – The seat of the Phulkian Royals

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 »

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The Historical Banyan Tree (Shaheedi Bohr)

This huge tree with lush green canopy and wide girth is located along northern boundary of the Ram Bagh. This place has an important place in the history of the holy city of Amritsar. In 1871, four members of the Kooka community objected to hawking of beef nearby the Golden Temple Continue reading »

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Goindwal Sahib

Goindwal Sahib,is an important historic and religious place for Sikhs, is located at a distance of around 30 km south-west from Amritsar. It is connected with holy city Amritsar by road and rail and can be reached easily from there. It is situated on the banks of river Beas and is the birth place of Guru Arjan Dev Ji, fifth guru of the Sikhs. Continue reading »

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Victoria & Albert Museum

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 »

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Bathinda Fortress – Qila Mubarack

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 »

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Phillaur Fort

The Phillaur fort is located just south of Phillaur town of Ludhiana district. The origins of the Phillaur have been traced back to a Sanghera Jut named Phul who gave the name Phulnagar to the town. Later on, this town was captured by Naru Rajputs who were sent by Rai Shahr. Shahr’s son Ratan Pal settled here after the occupation. After departure of Ratan Pal and Juts left this place, a serai or a resting place was constructed at this place, which later was turned into the Phillaur fort later on. Continue reading »

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