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THE WEEKEND TOUR

FarmIf 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.

Bhakra Dam, Nangal
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 town’s prosperity.

Anandpur SahibAnandpur Sahib
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.

Khalsa Heritage Complex
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., India’s foremost construction company, are the contractors. The National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad (NID), recognised world over as India’s 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.

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