Maharaja Ranjit Singh is known as the Lion of Punjab, who played a decisive role in the History of India. His main contributions to India helped in establishing the vast kingdom. With his people he extended one side of his territory to China and Khyber Pass, and the other one to Sutlej and Sind. He was the one who flagged the freedom of India, as the other part except Punjab was owned by East Indian Company. In 1799, he acquired Lahore by titling its capital and in 1802 took over Amristar.
In 1818, Shalimar garden was laid in the name of his Guru “Ram Dass”. This garden is also known as Ram Bagh, enclosed with masonry wall that is 14 ft high and a huge gate. On every corner of the garden, there is a small ornamental Kiosk Burj (Tower). In the center of the garden, there is a double storey room at the basement called as “Tahkhana”.Maharaja Ranjit Singh during the summer devoted his time in the chamber, because of the cool atmosphere. Maharaja Ranjit Singh Palace is also called as the Summer Palace for the King.
Maharaja Ranjit Singh Palace is located exactly in the centre of exquisite garden, also known as Ram Bagh. The lay out of the garden is in the pattern similar to Shalimar Bagh, Lahore. The “Darshani Deorhi”, the unique architecture has still remained as intact. After such exclusive and extra ordinary facts, the museum is set up in the name of Maharaja Ranjit Singh displaying Miniatures, Oil Paintings, ABD weapons, coins and many things that were found during the Sikh era.
The palace was built under the custody of Lehna Singh, Fakir Azeez-ud-din and Desa Singh Majithia, the nobles of Lahor Darbar. Initially the palace was surrounded by a garden stretched with 84 acres filled with flowers, trees, plants and a boundary wall of about 14 ft high. A moat, beautifully attracts the tourist and is equally marvelous with clusters of formation. This clusters of structure is now converted into libraries and clubs, the lawns are turn into tennis playground.
Maharaja Ranjit Singh Palace is the charm of Punjab, a exquisite land which is loaded with unparallel beauty. Maharaja Ranjit Singh was the brave monarch and in fond of his memory, this palace received great attention. The elegant edifice which is surrounded by the palace is worth to watch because of the haunts of aristocracy, when the British army rehabilitated and turned up various changes to the palace. The entrance of the palace is exceptional, that pushed you back to the period lively. The spirit of secularism can be seen and is reflected in the Maharaja Ranjit Singh Palace.
The summer palace of Maharaja Ranjit Singh is protected by the Punjab Ancient, Archeological sites and Historical Monuments Act, 1964. At present, this palace is converted to a Museum. The Museum was established by the Union Defence Minister, Sh. Jagjiwan Ram on November 29th, 1977. At present, this monument is considered as the most cultural pride of Punjab. The museum is well known for its priceless and rare collections. A lot of tourists from various places visit this museum in order to see such valuable art objects and antiquities that were found during the 18th & 19th century.
One can get plenty of options for staying facilities in Punjab, as it is well known for its charm for its historical monuments. There are star rated hotels, resorts, and even economic budget oriented facilities for staying. Besides these there are private guest house.