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Gobindgarh Fort

History

The Gobindgarh Fort is situated in the Holy City of Amritsar. Built in the year 1706, the fort was later restored by Maharaja Ranjit Singh with the assistance of Jodh Singh.

Maharaja Ranjit Singh used the structure for the safe custody of his treasures and treaties. The popular half of the fort, Toshkhana, was used to store huge quantities of grains and provisions for an army of 12,000 soldiers. Constructed of brick and lime, the age old bastions and cannons have been replaced by modern weaponry.

The fort built on an area of 1500 sq. mt, has its entrance named Nalwa Gate, after the name of the great Sikh Warrior in the army of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, Hari Singh Nalwa. Keelar Gate, the other gate at the fort, led to an escape tunnel which further progressed to Lahore tunnel. Darbar Hall and Hawa Mahal were some of the other features added to the fort by the British army.

A temporary shelter to the thousands of refugees from Pakistan at the time of partition, the fort was handed over to the Indian Army in October 1948.In December 2006, the fort was declared open to general public. However, it is at the moment under renovation and is expected to reopen by 2014.

Best time to visit

The ideal time to visit Amritsar is October to March.

Trivia

Two golden chairs were placed on the roof of the fort where Maharaja Ranjit Singh and the viceroy sat surrounded by the generals and advisers of the Maharaja.

Timing

The Fort is under renovation and not open to public.


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