Partition Museum

Partition Museum is located at Town Hall and is one of the important reserves of Indian history. It houses a vast collection of artefacts donated by those who survived the partition of India and Pakistan. These artefacts are the things that people carried when they migrated to their designated part of the border. The museum was inaugurated on August 25, 2017, with the aim to act as a repository of the archives, documents, stories and history of the partition.

Documentation of the struggles of artists, lyricists and poets during the partition has also been preserved in the museum through their paintings and poetry. To make history more eloquent, audio-visual stations, which show interviews of survivors, have been set up across all 14 galleries. 

Ram Bagh Palace

The Ram Bagh Palace was built as the summer palace of the raja of Punjab. It is a two-storeyed structure that has been constructed in the early Indo-Saracenic style of architecture. The palace grounds have four grand deoris (gateways) that are reminiscent of Punjabi architectural style mixed with Rajasthani influences. The interior of the palace is equally beautiful and many rooms have a decorative false ceiling made in khatamband technique, which is a unique form of Kashmiri art.

It is said that the king used to reside here while visiting Amritsar. The palace  lies amid lush gardens, dotted with rare plants, trees and water channels. A sizeable statue of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, the leader of the Sikh empire, seated on a horse, is the major attraction.

Ram Bagh Palace

Amritsar Heritage Walk

The Heritage walk of Amritsar is a guided tour of some of the important sites in the 400-year-old city of Amritsar. The tour takes one through the rich architectural and traditional heritage of the city. Starting from  Town Hall, which was built by the British in 1866, the slow-paced walk traces the history of the Sikh religion, the many battles fought on the city's soil and also of the onset of the British. Solo-travellers, families and couples are often seen eagerly participating in the tour to experience the local flavour of Amritsar city. Covering stops like Gurudwara Saragarhi, which is dedicated to the 21 valiant soldiers of the 36 Sikhs battalion, who lost their lives in the north-western frontier provinces to Qila Ahluwalia, a fort known for its colonial-style architecture, the walk finally ends at the iconic Golden Temple. It is popularly referred to as a mini-food tour, in which one can get to sample the delectable dishes that Amritsar is famous for.During this walk, one can taste helpings of dishes like puri chhole (fried bread served with chickpea), karah (semolina halwa served as a devotional offering), lassi (a digestive prepared with yoghurt), and mouthwatering local sweets.

Amritsar Heritage Walk

Central Sikh Museum

It exhibits paintings of saints, Sikh gurus, warriors and other important Sikh leaders. One can also find a rich collection of ancient manuscripts, arms and coins here. Along with a well-stocked library, the museum houses paintings by Sikh artists, musical instruments, pencil sketches and guns. Relics from Guru Gobind Singh's personal collection are also housed, which include a wooden comb (kangha), bow and arrows, iron chakras (circles) worn on the turban by a warrior and an iron jacket made of wires (sanjoe). 

Central Sikh Museum