Monuments /Historical Places/ Forts Of Punjab...

Divan Khana
Divan Khana is one of the major ancient monument in Punjab and was used for large audiences and important public occasions. Today Divan Khan has been converted into a museum displaying dazzling chandeliers and armour, including the sword and dagger of Guru Gobind Singh and Nadir Shah's sword. The Divan Khana hall was built on a high plinth over a network of tunnels which were service conduits. The facade gives the impression of a double-storey building, with 'upper storey' windows and a balcony at the first floor level, but the delicately worked wood-and-glass doors open into a huge fifteen mtr high chamber. At the far end is a raised platform, where the Maharaja used to sit. The wooden frame work of the ceiling holds decorated Plaster-of Paris tiles painted in the traditional Arabic style and the ceiling is hung with a fabled collection of chandeliers.

Sheesh Mahal
The Sheesh Mahal or the ‘Palace of Mirrors’ in Patiala in Punjab, was built by Maharaja Narinder Singh between 1845-1862 behind the main Moti Bagh Palace. The Sheesh Mahal was built in a forest with terraces, gardens, fountains along with an artificial lake. The lake has two watchtowers in the north and the south. The lake is also connected to the Banasar Ghar, a repository for stuffed animals. The Sheesh Mahal, which was a residential palace, has a suspension bridge which is a copy of the Lakshman Jhoola at Rishikesh. The walls of the Sheesh Mahal are painted with a variety of images related to mythology and legends. The painters were brought from Kangra and Rajasthan. The entire section of the palace is covered with exquisitely designed glass and mirror work. The Mahal consist of a museum displaying Tibetan art along with sculpture of different kinds of metal. There is also a medal gallery in the Sheesh Mahal, displaying the largest numbers of medals and decorations in the world, and numbers about 3,200.

Rauza Sharif
The "Rauza Sharif" is a mausoleum in Sirhind, which commemorates the burial place of the famous Sufi Saint Sheikh Ahmed Farooqi. Sheikh Ahmed Farooqi was one of the best disciples of Khawaja Baqi Billah. The famous Rauza Sharif 'Urs' is celebrated on the 31st of May every year. Rauza Sharif is indeed a national historical monument and is considered as the second Mecca by the Suni Muslims. There are tombs, cenotaphs and a mosque in the premises of this mausoleum. This Mausoleum is annually visited by a large number Naqshbandi Muslims from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Indonesia, during the month of August. It is 5 kms away from Patiala and is well connected by road and rail.

Maharaja Ranjit Singh Museum
We can find in this museum matchless collection of paintings, arms and armours. manuscript and coins of 18th and 19th Century.

Anandpur Sahib Fort
This place has a number of historical Gurudwaras, with a backdrop of Naina Devi Hill.

Anglo Sikh War Memorial
Anglo Sikh war memorial was set-up here in 1976 A.D. The portraits of significant historical personality and battle scenes executed by artists, Jaswant Singh and Kirpal Singh and some of the weapons used in those days are on display here.

Bahia Fort
In 1754 AD it was captured by Maharaj Ala Singh of Patiala. A small gurdwara commemorates the visit of Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji here.

Bahadurgarh Fort
Bahadurgarh Fort six kms from Patiala, initially founded by Nawab Saif Khan in 1658. The present fort was built by Maharaja Karam Singh of Patiala in 1837.

Faridkot Fort
In Ferozpur this reputed port 700 years old, noteworthy for the hall of mirrors and wall paintings called Sheesh Mahals these halls of mirrors were copied in Rajasthan style and were actually the prayer rooms of the ruling family.

Government Museum
At this museum fossils and rare sculptures collected from the archaeological site of Dholbaha are on display. The rare relics displayed here date back to the Stone age.

Kuka Memorial Ludhiana
130 years ago Giani Rattan Singh and Sant Rattan Singh, two Namdhari sikhs, were hanged from one of the branches of this banyan tree in full public view for having powerfully closed down a number of slaughterhouses opened by the British in the state.

Qila Mubarak
This fort was also the abode of Patiala dynasty. The housing part was called Qila Androon or the Inner Fort. Sanghol Museum Located on Chandigarh-Ludhiana road (40 km from Chandigarh), one can find a repository of archaeological finds of Punjab's very old civilization at the Sanghol museum.

Sardar Bhagat Singh Museum
Shaheed-E-Azam Sardar Bhagat Singh Museum has been constructed to pay homage to the great revolutionary martyrs of the Punjab, who laid down their lives for the liberation of their motherland.

Shahid Bhagat Singh Memorial
Situated at Ferozepur, has been made to commit to memory the great heroes - Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev - who sacrificed their lives for the freedom of the nation.

Summer palace of Maharaja Ranjit Singh
Summer palace of Maharaja Ranjit Singh Is situated in the middle of a beautiful garden called Ram bagh.