Punjab Kushti / Wrestling
Historical
There are no Tajmahal in Punjab but the whole country side is dottedwith the ruins of old buildings AAM KHAS BAGH SIRHIND, FATEHGARH SAHIB : Highways Inn for the use of royalty as well as the common people . The royal palace has beautiful murals on its walls, hot and cold air conditioning facilities and unique hydraulic system to work fountains.

Takhat-i-akbari,Kalanaur, Gurudaspur : is actually a masonry platform where Akbar the Great was coronated on Feb,14,1556. Akbari Masjid close by is also worth a visit.

Masoleums of Ustad & Shagird, Nakodar, Jalandhar: Mohd. Momin Hussaini, the teacher was a musician of Khan-e-Khana-the chamberlian of Emperor Jahangir and Haji Jamal his disciple. These beautiful mausoleums anticipate the architecture of Emperor Humayun's tomb in Delhi and stand out as buildings of great attraction.

Serai Nurmahal : 13 Kms from Nakodar, Jalandhar is an inn associated with Nurjahan, wife of imperor Jahangir, known for her beauty and style of living. Its massive gate embellished with arches, filigree work and tiles of beautiful patterns, topped by 4 delicate minarets make it a place worth a visit.

Mughal Sarai, Shambhu (Patiala) : is a Caravan Sarai initially constructed by Sher Shah Suri on the Grand Trunk Road connecting Peshawar to Dhaka (now in Bangla Desh). It has two majestic gates with a mosque in the centre and rooms on all sides for the travellers. A deep well and a baradari- a building with 12 gates located on the outer side.

Sarai Amanat Khan , Amritsar Circuit : Monuments of great charm and excellence the Inn has an ornamental Mughal gateway embellished with glazed tiles. Nearby is a mosque on the walls of which Arabic inscriptions from the Muslim Scriptures are engraved. The tomb, horseshoe shaped, is surmounted by 4 minarets.

Tomb of Mir-i-Mran Sirhind: 5 kilometers from Aam Khas Bagh connected by a link road. There are two inscribed Sand Stones with inscriptions. Only one of it is readable; "Subhan daughter of Behlol Lodhi who died on Friday, 11 of Safar 901 Hijri." The other grave, there, should be of Mir-i-Miran, Amir Sayyid, the son-in-law of the King.Built on a square platform, the semicircular dome of the tomb is supported by an octangular neck. The neck has fluted pillars of compound capitals of Hindu Origin in the four cardinal directions.

Sabraon War Memorial: at village Jalawala, in Ferozepur district.40 feet high, rectrangular is shape, tapering towards the top and built in English bricks, the memorial was raised in 1850 in the memory of the British soldiers who lost their lives during the first Anglo-Sikh War (1845-46).

Handira Mausoleum, Sultanpur Lodhi : District Kapurthala located on the banks of the river Kali Bein. It is a fine monument of strength, weight and balance built on an octagonal plan with four gates in cardinal directions. Its drumless squattish dome, broad pointed arches and open arched Jharokas (an ornamental sitting place jutting of the walls) add dignity to its austere design.

Bhir, Ludhiana : has the famous mosque built by Mohammad Ghori in 1911, 150 years old Khangah of Abdul Rehman Khan, mausoleum of Alawal Khan built during Shah Jehan's reign, octagonal in shape, surmounted by double pear shaped dome, the tomb of Bahadur Khan with sloping walls, 2 storied, double tomb of Husain Khan, Bilwanwali Masjid, mosque of Kamal-ud-din Khan/SARAI DORAHA on the main highway, Ludhiana dates back to Emperor Jahangir's time. Rectangular in shape it has rooms and varandahs on all sides. Two great double storied gates are profusely decorated with coloured tiles and intricate brick carvings.

Archaeological Destinations

Due to its rigorous past the best part of ancient Punjab is either in its ruins or underground. At Ropar, called Roop Nagar (the town of beauty is olden times) evidence of Harappan culture of Indus Valley Civilisation and relics of Alexander's Army have been discovered.

The excavations at Dholbaha, the ancient temple town at Hoshiarpur takes back its antiquity to the Pleistocene period of stone age man and shows evidence of continued development of civilisation right down of the 7th and 8th century A.D.The museum containing these relics is situated in Hoshiarpur city.

Ghuram, Patiala District : The first seat of Muslim Empire in India and the reputed birth place of Mata Kaushalya has ruins which show it is as a great enterpot, the archaeological digs are beginning to reveal indications of the epic age civilisation.

Sanghol, District Fatehgarh Sahib: Archaeological digs here have yielded relics which date back from Harrapan Culture of 6th century AD. A stupa and a Budhist monastery complex of the Kushan era (Ist-2nd Century AD) has also been unearthed here.

Forts

Govindgarh Fort Amritsar : early 19th century designed by Maharaja Ranjit Singh.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.

Bathinda Fort : 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.

Faridkot Fort : 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.

Qila Mubark Patiala :, founded in1764 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.

Bhadurgarh Fort : 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.

Anandpur Sahib Fort : Ropar. Anandpur Sahib was defended by fiveforts. 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.

Phillaur Fort, Ludhiana : 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.

Shahpur Kandi Fort : 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.