EXPERIENCE GOBINDGARH EXPERIENCE PUNJAB AND ITS RICH HERITAGE
Gobindgarh Fort – the very symbol of Punjab. A symbol of the times when Punjab was forged. Spread across a grand 43 acres, right in the heart of Amritsar city, this magnificent, heritage site has a glorious history of its own, spanning across over 257 years- right from the era of the Bhangi Misl to Maharaja Ranjit Singh- The Lion Of Punjab- to the British East India Company to The Indian Army. And now finally it opens its gates to the people of Punjab. Discover the grand stories of the past.
The Gobindgarh Fort experience is the perfect blend of History, Culture and Technology. It’s Edutainment at its best.
SHER-E-PUNJAB (Lion-of-Punjab) a show on Maharaja Ranjit Singh. A 7D show on Maharaja Ranjit Singh in a never before seen format - which will transport you to the 19th century in an immersive way. The show will leave you enchanted. A preview will introduce you to the ages just before the Maharaja forged the powerful state of Punjab. Internationally renowned film director, Mr. Ketan Mehta, has directed this show.
Show duration-25 mins
Timings: Throughout the day
THE SPIRIT OF PUNJAB – live performances of amazing forms from the state- GATKA-GIDDA-BHANGDA - Punjab’s rich performing art forms are scheduled full day-From the energetic Bhangda to the graceful and vibrant Gidda set to charming folk tunes, as well as the powerful Gatka will both amaze and charm you. And as the sun is about to set, the mood in the fort changes. A grand procession emerges with musicians and dancers in traditional costumes performing a vibrant montage of Punjabi cultural experience with some death defying feats from the incredible martial arts form Gatka.
And then when the night falls, the fort is illuminated with dazzling lights.
KANDA BOLDIYAN NE (whispering walls) – a show on the story ofGobindgarh
Against the backdrop of the original façade of the Dyer’s Bungalow –a wall 100 ft. x 50 ft. see a Multi-Media sound and light show, with laser lights, computer animation and Projection mapping technologies, immerse yourself in the legend of Gobindgarh Fort where these seemingly mute walls, have a story to tell of the sweep of history. This infotainment show, brought to you with 20,000 lumens projectors and 7.1 surround sound, will mesmerize you as you sit in the historic open lawns of the fort and revel in the gorgeous evenings of Amritsar.
Show duration: 30 mins
Timings: daily 2 shows post sunset
TOSHAKHANA. The Royal treasury of Maharaja Ranjit Singh.
It is believed that Maharaja Ranjit Singh kept a treasure worth Rs. 30 lakhs (A Kingly sum then) and precious jewels as well as gold and silver in the fortunder a guard of 2000 soldiers. It is here that the Koh-i-noor was housed. They say no jeweller has so far been able to assess the price of the Koh-i-noor diamond. Coins of that period along with a replica of the Koh-i-noor as it was worn by the Maharaja can also be seen here.
ANCIENT WARFARE MUSEUM
See the rare instruments of war from the old times- including the replica of the Maharaja’s personal sword and his very own war attire. A specially made replica of the celebrated 14.3 ft. big Bhangian di Tope or The Zamzama- the largest canon of its time has also been recreated specially for your viewing
Timings: 10am – 7pm
Phulkaris, jutties, heritage craft pieces, old zardozi work… Choose from the rich collection of arts and crafts, which exhibit the splendor of the state.
Decorate your homes, as you put your best foot forward, dressed in the newly purchased jutti <shoes> from The Haat Bazaar. Several shops to choose from, offering the choicest of items from across Punjab. Take mementoes for your family and friends.
Timings: Open all day
GOBINDGARH QILA AMRITSAR DI SHAAN, PUNJABIYAT DI PEHCHAAN
BEST TIME TO VISIT- Throughout the year
*PART OF THE FORT IS STILL CURRENTLY UNDER RESTORATION
TIMINGS: 10am onwards
Show tickets: extra as per show
EXPRESS PASS OPTION AVAILABLE
COMBO PACKS AVALIABLE
CAR PARKING AVAILABLE
The nearest airport is the Raja Sansi Airport at Amritsar which is quite connected with the major cities of the country. Srinagar is the next nearest airport to reach here.
Amritsar railway station is the nearest junction to this place. The superfast train Shatabdi express from Delhi to Amritsar is a very comfortable option. It is also well connected with frequent and comfortable trains to Kolkata, Mumbai, Varanasi, Wagah Border etc.
There are frequent bus services from Amritsar to Ambala and other important places like Chandigarh which is 235km, Delhi which is 435km, Ferozpur which is 160km way from Amritsar and other far off places like Jammu.
POINTS OF INTEREST
Nalwa Deorhi-Or Nalwa gate- Named after the Commander-in-Chief of the Khalsa army of Maharaja Ranjit Singh.
Toshakhana-The Royal treasury which housed the priceless “Koh-i-noor”
Khas Mahal- referred to as the ‘Coffee House’ in the records of the Indian Army
Colonial House - referred to as “Dyers Bungalow” which is built on the circular plinth of the Sikh period
Moats – built along the lines of the French fortification system inspired by the Generals from Napoleon’s army
4 Grand Bastions- where the guns were mounted in the age of “black powder”
Darbar Hall – A military hospital building, erected between 1855 and 1870
25 units of the Indian armed forces were stationed at the fort for almost 50 years after Independence. Come learn how the protectors of India, train for their challenging job. Scale walls, participate in a war game, take part in net training on special days …new games will keep getting added for you.
Timings: All day
Duration: 20mins +
HORSE RIDING One of Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s great passions was his love for horses. He had more than 1200 of them in his stables and as many as a 1000 were reserved for him personally. He sometimes used to say that where he felt surest of himself was in the saddle. They say he often took important decisions on horseback. Come ride the horses like Maharaja Ranjit Singh, in princely splendour. Our expert handlers will safely give you a ride even if you are not a rider.
Timings: 11am to 4 pm
Duration: 10mins +
The best of Punjabi food brought to you by the best in the food industry. A special street called Ambarsari Zaika- will make you realize why Amritsar is called the Food Capital of the state.
Here you can tantalize your palate with both vegetarian and Non vegetarian options. Sit under a canopy inspired from the canopies used by Maharaja Ranjit Singh or pick up fare from wooden food carts made in the traditional old style. No set menus. No compulsions. Only complete freedom to satisfy all your tastes- Sweet –Spicy and Sour.
Timings: Open all day