If you happen to visit Punjab, there are chances that you would end up visiting only famous sites, including Golden Temple, Wagah Border, etc. But there are important places in Punjab that embraces one of the most important chapters of Indian history. So on World Heritage Day here we list five places that one should visit in the state.1) Gobindgarh Fort, Amritsar: Built in 1760 in Amritsar, it is a historic military fort which has been the military base for the Armies, including Maharaja Ranjit Singh, British Army and now the Indian Army. It is said that there is a tunnel that starts from the Fort and leads to Lahore. It will soon be opened for the general public.
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2) Coronation site of Akbar, Gurdaspur: Takht Akbari, the coronation site of Mughal emperor Akbar is located 2km from East of Kalanaur, Gurdaspur. Akbar was only 13 years when he sat on the throne and was in Kalanaur with his tutor Bairam Khan.
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3) Quila Mubarak, Patiala: The 300-year-old monument in Patiala is an example of Sikh architecture. Built by the founder of the Patiala dynasty, it has a collection of mirrors and rare swords in the Darbaar Hall.
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4) Virasat-e-Khalsa, Anandpur Sahib: It took 13 years to build Virasat-e-Khalsa. Situated at Anandpur Sahib, it describes 500-year-old Sikh history. There is a museum, exhibition hall, theatre that depicts the life story of all ten Gurus’.
5) Hussainiwala border: The remains of martyrs Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev Singh, Rajguru were cremated here. There is a memorial to mark the contribution of these national heroes of the Indian freedom struggle. Along with this, Retreat ceremony is performed on daily basis, just like Wagah border.
6) Bhoot Bangla, Jalandhar: The elegant model of French architecture is situated on Kanjili Road, Jalandhar. It was the army’s headquarters before the Partition and presently Home Guards office houses on its ground floor.
7) Mian Mir Nasir Ahmed Makbara (Tomb), Kapurthala: The tomb of Mian Mir Nasir Ahmed, a famous singer situated on the Pir Choudhary Marg, Kapurthala is just about to vanish, as the plaster on most of its walls has been peeled off and is now surrounded by the long bushes and wilderness.
8) Christ Church, Ludhiana: Affiliated to the Church of England, the Christ Church is said to be one of the oldest Churches in Punjab. Daniel Wilson DD, the Bishop of Calcutta laid down the foundation stone in 1836 and it was consecrated in 1840.
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Contributed by: Divya Sharma, Param Narula, Anshu Seth