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Gobindgarh Fort, Amritsar

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Gobindgarh Fort, originally named Bhangian Da Kila, is a must visit place in Amritsar. The army of Gujjar Singh Bhangi of Misl constructed this fort with brick and lime with four large bastions, two strong iron gates and a well-defined rampart, in 1760. Maharaja Ranjit Singh rebuilt the fort between 1805 and 1809.

In 1849, the British took its possession and added the Darbar Hall, the Hawa Mahal and the Phansi Ghar to the fort. It is said that the residence of General Dyer, the perpetrator of the 1919 Jallianwala Bagh massacre, was right opposite the Phansi Ghar as he enjoyed watching the execution of prisoners.

Post independence, Indian Army took control of the fort in 1948 to offer temporary protection for immigrants from Pakistan. A mute witness to several historic events of India’s freedom struggle, Gobindgarh Fort was opened for the general public in 2006 by the then Chief Minister of Punjab, Capt. Amrinder Singh.

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