( Forts )
In early 19th century, designed by Maharaja Ranjit Singh, this fort has special
defence mechanism against artillery attacks, which were frequent
when Punjab was still open to depredations of the Afghan hordes.
Being with paramilitary forces it is not open to visitors now.
Schooner shaped fort stands like a ship in a sea of sand; design
eminently suited to the desert environment; is reputed to be 1800
years old. It is said to have been built by Bhatti Reo. In 1754
AD it was captured by Maharaj Ala Singh of Patiala. A small gurdwara
commemorates the visit of Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji here.
30 Km south of Ferozepur.
Reputed to be 700 years old, noteworthy for the hall of mirrors and wall paintings called Sheesh
Mahals these halls of mirrors were copied in Rajasthan style and
were actually the prayer rooms of the ruling family.
Founded in 1764 by Maharaja Ala Singh. It was originally
a kuchi-garhi of a mud fort which was later raised into a sprawling
double storied structure with a massive gate having beautiful arches.
The best part of the fort is a museum now.
6 kms from Patiala, originally founded by Nawab Saif Khan in
1658. The present fort was built by Maharaja Karam Singh of Patiala
in 1837. It has two circular ramparts and is surrounded by a moat
and covers an area of 2100 sq meters. This rather compact but nicely
designed citadil is in the custody of the Department of police.
Sahib Fort, Ropar
Anandpur Sahib was defended by five forts. They
have all become victims of the ravages of war and time. The central
fort Anandgarh Sahib is still extant in parts. Its highlight is
the deep well approached by a flight of stairs.
It was designed by Dewan Mohkam Chand, the brave
general of Maharaja Ranjit Singh facing the, then, British border
along Ludhiana. It is police training centre now.
7 Km from Pathankot, This 16th century fort nestles at
the foot of the towering Himalayas and overlooks the river Ravi.
Is a comfortable rest-house now.