From Pagdi Museum To A 7D High-Tech Show, 6 Things To Do In Amritsar’s Historic Fort Gobindgarh

Fort Gobindgarh is a reminder of Punjab's glorious past

by Tejashee Kashyap
From Pagdi Museum To A 7D High-Tech Show, 6 Things To Do In Amritsar’s Historic Fort Gobindgarh

Amritsar is home to numerous landmarks that narrate tales of valour, resilience, and spiritual fervour. Among these, Fort Gobindgarh is a reminder of Punjab’s glorious past. This majestic fort holds within its walls centuries of history. Over the years, it witnessed numerous battles and conquests. There are plenty of activities to do for both adults and kids.

Unveiling The History


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The 18th century saw the construction of Fort Gobindgarh. The fort was built by Maharaja Ranjit Singh, the great Sikh king known as the Lion of Punjab. The fort, strategically located at the junction of the Sutlej and Beas rivers, functioned as an important military bastion, protecting the Sikh Empire’s western frontiers. Throughout the years, it has seen several fights and conquests, each leaving an indelible mark on its towering ramparts.

The fort, occupied by the Bhangi kings until 1805, featured 25 canons positioned atop its ramparts. The British army occupied it from the middle of the 19th century until Indian independence in 1947. During that time, they constructed several defensive upgrades to the fort to accommodate new weaponry.

Finally, in 2006, recognising the historical significance of this fort, the Government of India handed over vacant control of the fort to the Government of Punjab for maintenance and conservation. Every evening, there is a laser, light, and sound performance, as well as a drama called The Whispering Walls based on Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s bravery case. The fort is currently being transformed into a theme park and museum, serving as a historical archive for Punjab.

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What To Do Here In Fort Gobindgarh?


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Whether you’re a history enthusiast, a cultural connoisseur, or simply seeking an enriching experience, a visit to this iconic landmark promises to be an unforgettable journey:

  • Sher-E-Punjab show: An immersive 7D performance on Maharaja Ranjit Singh in Punjab will take you back to the 19th century in a format never seen before.
  • Whispering Walls: Situated on the historic open lawns of the fort, this entertainment show will captivate you with its amazing sound system, while you enjoy the breathtaking Amritsar evenings.
  • Warfare Museum: View the antique weapons of war, such as a clone of the Maharaja’s sword and his combat gear.
  • Pagdi Museum: A brand-new Pagdi Museum (Turban Museum), Gobindgarh Art Gallery showcases the vibrant shapes of Punjab’s pages, with both Sikh and Non-Sikh imagery.
  • Sikh Art Museum: In keeping with its reputation as one of Amritsar’s most important historical sites, it also has a magnificent display of the well-known “Saints and Warriors” of Punjab.
  • Cultural Performances: Experience the vibrant cultural tapestry of Punjab come alive with live performances of traditional folk music and dance within the fort premises.

So, pack your bags and set forth on a voyage of discovery to Fort Gobindgarh, where history comes alive in Amritsar.

Cover image credits: Wikimedia Commons

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