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Location : Northwest region of India

Established : 1966-11-01

Capital : Chandigarh

Largest City : Ludhiana

Official Language : Punjabi

India possesses most of the fascinating forts and palaces. Punjab is the state where one can get historic and ancient structures, which has been successfully guarded with lavish architecture and cultural heritage. An evocative charm from the previous era is thus associated with the state amazingly. The forts and places in Punjab have attracted most of the people from all over the world. One will come across numerous historic “Gurudwaras”, palaces and forts which are a nexus between the ancient history from that era.

The forts and palaces of Punjab are sweep and grandeuer that takes an individual with a surprising and shocking news that happened in the bygone era. The journey for visiting such monuments in Punjab is not only for royal experience but as well as to get you to know about the authentic revolutionary associated with it. At present, most of the monuments are now turned into lavish palaces, hotels or museums.

Cities such as Ludhiana, Amritsar, Bhatinda, Patiala, Chandigarh, Jalandhar and others are dotted with exceptional historical monuments. One noticeable thing about these monuments is the impressive architecture craved on the edifice. Golden Temple in Amritsar is the pride of Punjab. Besides this there is the Bhatinda fort, Moorish Mosque, Sianik School of Kapurthala, Fort Museum, Old Motibagh Palace, Sheesh Mahal, Qila Mubarak, Phillaur Fort and the most mesmerizing Maharaja Ranjit Singh Palace. Let’s take a quick journey with Maharaja Ranjit Singh Palace, Phillaur Fort and Quila Mubarak.

Maharaja Ranjit Singh Palace :

Loaction : Amritsar

Tourist Attraction : Collection of unique, rare and priceless collection of antiques from 18th and 19th century.

The Maharaja Ranjit Singh Palace was built in between 1780 to 1838 AD, Amritsar. The palace structure was under the supervision of Fakir Azeez-ud-din, Desa Singh Majithia and Sardar Lehna Singh. Maharaja Ranjit Singh has contributed unique hands in creating exceptional history for the development of Punjab. The palace is enclosed in exquisite garden Ram Bagh, which has a masonry wall of about 14 ft high. The borders of the garden symbolize similar pattern from Shalimar Bagh, Lahore. The uniqueness of the palace has still remained intact because of the exclusive and the most valuable things such as miniatures, old currency coins, ABD weapons that were available during the Sikh period.

The palace is bounded with flowers, small plants, trees and boundary wall which are stretched at about 84 acres. The entrance of the Maharaja King Palace is marvelous with proper formation of decorative architect. Few of the areas are now turned into clubs, tennis playground, libraries and museum. The mansion is now under the protection of the Historical Monument act, 1965 and Archeological sites to investigate dept information on the place. The Maharaja Ranjith Singh Palace is the pride of Punjab. Also, the main tourist attraction for this place is the rare, unique and priceless collections available in the museum.

Phillaur Fort :

Location : Jalandhar district of Ludhiana, Punjab.

Phillaur town is marked for an outstanding fort which is situated on the banks of the river Satluj. The Phillaur fort is located about 14 km from Ludhiana, which was built during the 17th and 18th century. Initially, they used the mud for structuring the fort and later under the supervision of general governor, Dewan Mokham Chand who sharply redesigned the entire fort. Now the fort has  turned into one of the most fascinating monuments during the era of Maharaja Ranjit Singh.

The entrance of the fort is huge which holds the attention of the tourists. As we move inside the fort, the memorable shrine of “Pir-i-Dastgir” is placed. This shrine is known for the Muslims tomb of Saint Abdul Kadir Galani. It is said that the tomb was carried by Shah Shuja’s family and thus most of the Muslim people worship this shrine. During the British government, they declared this fort as Police training college, later when India was independent; it runs as a Police Academy for the Punjab Army. There are restricted guards on the border to protect from any invasion. Today, Phillaur fort denotes the symbol of bravery and a glorious monument during the bygone era.

Qila Mubarak :

Location : Patiala, Punjab

Qila Mubarak (Qila means Fort) is identified for its abode dynasty. This is one of the most attractive forts cum palace that was built for royal members for housing facilities. The main area is called as Qila Androon or Inner fort. For royal members, the Quila provides “Jai Walla”, the Rajmata palace, the Moti palace, the Moon palace, the Sheesh Mahal and the palace of colors. The fort is exceptionally enclosed with crenellated walls. The Fort Mubarak still holds masterpiece art on each and every corner that adds beauty to such an imperial place.The Qila Mubarak stood under the supervision of Maharaja Ala Singh in 1764,

Besides the above mentioned rooms, there are supplementary buildings such as Putli Ghar i.e. Puppet house and Bagh Ghar i.e. Garden house. The stylish work cored in the building is worth to see that attracts you with utmost perfections. These buildings were specially built as entertainment facilities for the royal members of the family. The painted corners of the palace are peerless. The Lassi Khana i.e. Kitchen palace can easily hold the mouth of 35, 000 people offering various delights served on the table. Qila Mubarak is truly worth to visit, as the astounding beauty makes you feel to be the part of the ancient era. At present, most of the area is turned into the heritage museum for the tourist people.

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