Punjab has always been prominent in terms of its brave history and the valor of its fearless kings. One of the bravest charms the state ever had was Maharaja Ranjit Singh. The Maharaja ruled Gobindgarh Fort during the 19th century, which is now reconstructed as a cultural hub, providing a getaway to the memory lane when the king ruled Amritsar and stowed history of that time in the different corners of the fort.
The Lion of Punjab
Before heading to what the fort has as a historical allure, let’s talk about how the fearlessness of Maharaja Ranjit Singh got him this iconic title. Maharaja Ranjit Singh was always interested in warfare. Even when sent to Bhagu Singh’s Dharamshala to learn Gurumukhi, he was eager to practice his warfare art as he was quite matchless in that.
The young Ranjit Singh was just 10 years old when his father, Sardar Mahan Singh, died in 1770. While most boys of his age were busy playing, Ranjit Singh was trapped in the political scenario that led him to become the heir of his father’s legacy. He was only 10 years old when he fought his first battle and only 17 when he failed the king of Afghanistan Zaman Shah Durrani’s invasion of India.
Maharaja Ranjit Singh adapted the latest European military technologies of that time. He had plenty of European mercenaries serving in his army. Moreover, he was himself a trained Martial Arts expert and well-groomed in the Sikh tradition of fighting. This might interest you to know that the Maharaja was blind from one eye, but that could not stop him from being one of the bravest kings of Punjab.
Gobindgarh fort introduces guests with the history of Maharaja Ranjit Singh in various mesmerizing ways. Its 7D show “Sher-e-Punjab” is specifically based on the life of Maharaja Ranjit Singh that showcases his bravery and the tale of his kingdom in an immersive way. Apart from that, the fort has Toshakhana- a secret room where the King kept his treasures. You can still find minted silver and copper coins inside the room.
Come and discover the epics of Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s history at Gobindgarh Fort. Apart from a historical tour, the fort has many exciting things to offer its guests, such as animal rides, food, shopping, etc. Plan your visit today!