The Gobindgarh Fort –the very symbol of Punjab, the iconic protector of Amritsar is situated right in the center of the Holy City along the Grand Trunk road spanning across 43 acres of land. This magnificent heritage site has a history of its own, spread across a period of over 300 years, right from the times of the Bhangi Misl-Maharaja Ranjit Singh-The East India Company-the Indian Army. This qilla has finally opened its gates for the very first to welcome not only the people of Punjab but also each one of those devotees and tourists that come here to pay their respects to Shri Harmandir Sahib. At one time the world famous Kohinoor diamond was housed within the fort. The qilla is now being restored in a phased manner to hopefully revive it back to its past glory to the times of the Maharaja. Here within the fort are several different buildings, built across the span of time, some during the Maharaja’s reign, such as the Toshakhana, Khas Mahal, Bastions, Moat, Wells, Haveli etc, some during the East India Company such as the Darbar Hall. Some existing structures were altered during the British times and others partially added such as the Anglo Sikh Bunglow. Here there is a bell of 1863 made in Sheffield, UK, which was made in order to cast other bells at that time.
Located right in the heart of Amritsar, Gobindgarh Fort echoes the fascinating history of Punjab and offers insights into the events that have shaped the region into what it is today. The 18-century fort lies just about 2 km away from the famous Golden Temple and boasts of a history of over 250 years. Originally built during the Bhangi Misl era, the fort was seized and renovated first by the Sikh Empire and later by the British. After independence, it became a bastion for the Indian Army. Currently, it serves as a live museum where visitors can witness the heritage of Punjab.
The Gobindgarh Fort is a historical museum and cultural theme park showcasing the history of Punjab and Punjabi culture in all its glory. There are various museums featuring collections of traditional Punjabi attire, household items and even weapons of war from the olden days. The light and laser shows such as Sher E Punjab and Whispering Walls showcasing the life of Maharaja Ranjit Singh and the story of Gobindgarh respectively are quite popular among tourists.
There are also live shows where performers entertain the audience with artforms such as Bhangra and the traditional martial art known as Gatka. For those who are into art, the art museum houses many paintings of the many saints and warriors across Punjab’s history. Once done sightseeing, visitors can head over to the Haat Bazaar, where they can buy traditional items such a Phulkari styled attire and colourful Juttis (footwear).
How to Reach:
Sri Guru Ramdass Ji International airport is the nearest airport from Gobindgarh Fort and distance from airport is 11 kilometers.
Amritsar Railway Station nearest railway station from Gobindgarh Fort and distance from station is 700 meters
Bus Stand Amritsar nearest bus-stop from Gobindgarh Fort and distance from bus-stop is 1.5 kilometers