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Discover the not so famous forts of Punjab

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One of the northern states of India, Punjab is the only state with majority Sikh population. It is the land of the Seven Rivers. The major attractions of Punjab revolve around historic palaces, battlegrounds, and great architecture. The Golden Temple in Amritsar is a massive attraction for tourists. Punjab has many stories to tell of its battles and great warriors which can be witnessed in the present at the various forts present here. Each fort has a unique story to tell. We take you down memory lane of the not so famous forts of Punjab.

Gobindgarh Fort

It is located at Amritsar and is made out of bricks and lime. The fort consisted of all kinds of treasure and armour. It was designed in the 19th century by Maharaja Ranjit Singh. However this fort is just to view from afar and is not open to visitors.

Gobindgarh Fort Picture Credits: culture360.asef.org

Gobindgarh Fort Picture Credits: culture360.asef.org


Bathinda Fort

It is situated in the Malwa region of Punjab. The fort was named after the Bhati Rajput kings. Razia Sultan was the first woman ruler of India and was imprisoned in this fort. The fort is around 39 metres high and consists of 39 bhurjas.

In memory of Razia Sultan stands the Bathinda Fort. Picture Credits: indianjourneys.wordpress.com

In memory of Razia Sultan stands the Bathinda Fort.
Picture Credits: indianjourneys.wordpress.com

Sheesh Mahal

It is situated in Patiala, and traces back to 700 years old of its existence. It is best known for its hall of mirrors and wall paintings. It is also known as Faridkot Fort. It is open for visitors from sunrise to sunset.

Filled with mirrors and paintings, the magnificent Sheesh Mahal. Picture Credits: indiankadai.blogspot.com

Filled with mirrors and paintings, the magnificent Sheesh Mahal.
Picture Credits: indiankadai.blogspot.com

Qila Mubarak

It is a part of the Bathinda Fort. It was earlier called kuchi-garhi or mud fort. The structure was later given a massive artistic touch. The canons brought by Babur are kept here, each made of an alloy of gold, silver, copper and iron.

An artistic transformation of Qila Mubarak. Picture Credits:  www.hotelflyover.com

An artistic transformation of Qila Mubarak.
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www.hotelflyover.com

Bhadurgarh Fort

Bhadurgarh is known as the Gateway of Haryana. The fort was built by Maharaja Karam Singh of Patiala in 1837. The fort covers an area of 2,100 sq metres. It currently belongs to the houses of police department.

The interiors of Bhadurgarh Fort. Picture Credits: www.historicalgurudwaras.com

The interiors of Bhadurgarh Fort.
Picture Credits: www.historicalgurudwaras.com

Phillaur Fort

It was designed by Dewan Mohkam Chand. He was a brave genral of Maharaja Ranjit Singh. It is a police training centre now.

The entrance of Phillaur. Picture Credits: www.indiamike.com

The entrance of Phillaur.
Picture Credits: www.indiamike.com

Shahpur Kandi Fort

It is located at Pathankot. It was built in the 16th Century. The river Ravi can be seen from here. It has been turned into a rest house now.

The amzing Shahpur Kandi Fort. Picture Credits: www.flickr.com

The amzing Shahpur Kandi Fort.
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Payal Fort

It was built by Maharaja Amar Singh with the help of Mughals in 1771. The fort has been turned into a Government Girl’s High School.

The reddish exteriors of the Payal Fort. Picture Credits: www.travelux.com

The reddish exteriors of the Payal Fort.
Picture Credits: www.travelux.com

Story compiled with inputs from: www.sikhiwiki.org

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