you are somewhere in the neighbouring states of Punjab, say
Rajasthan, Haryana or Himachal Pradesh and plan to take off
for a weekend, you might want to consider visiting Punjab. It
would be a refreshing change to take your family out to Fun
City, an amusement park near Chandigarh.
You can take your pick of a quiet holiday or an adventure at
Sukhna Lake where you can choose from a number of activities
from boating to water sports.
Ranjit Sagar Dam
If you are from Amritsar, Jalandhar
or Jammu and looking to spend a weekend in Punjab, Ranjit Sagar
Dam would be an ideal destination. The abundance of natural
beauty, serene atmosphere and open spaces helps you unwind.
If you are heading for Dalhousie, you might want to stop by
for a day or two.
Divided into Nangal Township and Naya Nangal, Nangal gained
importance with the construction of Bhakra Dam on Satluj river
in November, 1955. The multi purpose Bhakra Project which
includes (apart from Bhakra Dam), the Nangal Dam, Nangal Hydel
Channel, Ganguwal and Kotla Power Houses has contributed majorly
to the towns prosperity.
The birthplace of Khalsa, Anandpur Sahib, is located on the
left bank of the river Sutlej, 40 kilometers from Rupnagar
town. The town was founded by Guru Teg Bahadur, the ninth
Sikh Guru who purchased the land from the Raja of Bilaspur.
Guru Gobind Singh came to this town in 1674 when he was only
eight years old and spent about 25 years, in Anandpur Sahib.
Gurudwara Keshgarh Sahib is the most important of the shrines
as it is here that Khalsa was created by him in 1699 on the
day of Baisakhi (13th
April). Also, it is at this historical spot that the Kashmiri
Pandits approached the 9th Guru, Shri Teg Bahadur to save
them from oppression by the Moguls.
April 1999 marked the Tercentenary year
of the Birth of the Khalsa. To commemorate this event, the
Government of Punjab envisioned the Khalsa Heritage Complex
at Anandpur Sahib as an inspiring tribute to the heroic and
poignant saga of the Sikhs and the Punjab.
Built on a 100-acre site, the Complex has presently been
conceived as two functionally integrated sets of buildings.
The Western complex forms the gateway for the town. It houses
functions that respond directly to the needs of the people
changing exhibit galleries; a two-level research and
reference library centred around a great reading room open
to vistas of water gardens to house rare archival materials,
books, journals as well as audio visual resources; and a 400-seat
auditorium to host seminars and cultural events.
Moshe Safdie, the internationally acclaimed Boston-based
architect has designed the Khalsa Heritage Complex. Ashok
Dhawan, an eminent architect, is his associate in India. M/s
Larsen & Toubro Ltd., Indias foremost construction
company, are the contractors. The National Institute of Design,
Ahmedabad (NID), recognised world over as Indias premier
design institution, has been assigned the challenging task
of exhibit design for the Museum.
The Khalsa Heritage Museum is scheduled for completion by
September 2004 to coincide with the 400th year of the installation
of Guru Granth Sahib in the Golden Temple at Amrtisar and
the 300th year of the martyrdom of all the four Sahibzadas
of Guru Gobind Singh.