Known as the very essence of Punjab, Gobindgarh Fort Amritsar is one of the most important historical places of the state. Spread across an area of 43 acres, the Gobindgarh Fort was initially built by Gujar Singh, and its final construction was completed by Maharaja Ranjit Singh. The fort was built to protect Amritsar from any invasion and hence, it was known as the ‘Guardian of the holy city of Amritsar’.
Gobindgarh Fort history dates back to the year 1760 when its construction was initiated. The 258 year fort was first in the possession of the Misl Clan, and later it was captured by the mighty ruler of Punjab, Maharaja Ranjit Singh, in the year 1809. He renamed the fort to ‘Gobindgarh’, after the name of Shri Guru Gobind Singh, the 10th Sikh Guru. Finally the fort was annexed by the British after after the Second Anglo-Sikh War in 1849.
After Independence, Gobindgarh Fort was fortified by the Indian Army until 2006, when the Indian Government recognised the historical importance of the fort, and handed it over to the Punjab Government for restoration.
The Gobindgarh Fort in Amritsar was given the status historical monument, and was made open to the public. One must visit this historical fort which is known for its magnificent live shows such as the 7-D sher-e-punjab (Lion-of-Punjab) show on Maharaja Ranjit Singh, Kanda Boldiyan Ne (Light and Sound show), and the Spirit Of Punjab live show.
Other important attractions of Gobindgarh Fort Amritsar include numerous exhibitions, a museum, traditional shops, and a restaurant where one can savor the authentic culinary delights of Punjab.