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.
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.
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
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
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.
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 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.
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.
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
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
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.