Maharaja Ranjit Singh came in to power during the early half of the 19th century and he was the founder of Sikh empire. He was a great warrior and one of the most powerful rulers of Punjab. He is known as the Lion of Punjab. Maharaja Ranjit Singh Museum was once the summer palace of the king, where he used to stay when he was in Amritsar. It is located to the north of Amritsar and has a wide collection of paintings, weapons, coins, manuscripts and artifacts. The palace is closed for public on Mondays. It is open to the public from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm on all other days except Saturdays and Sundays. During these two days it is open from 10.00 am to 9.00 pm as more people visit during these days.
We saw that it had high walls surrounding it and a moat around the wall. A bridge connected you to the interior of the palace. It was a massive structure spreading over an area of 4 acres and the garden surrounding it was very beautiful, created in the style of Shalimar Bagh in Lahore. It has rare plants and decorative plants as well as many flowering plants and medicinal plants. Immediately after entering the museum gate, I saw a majestic statue of Ranjit Singh, sitting on the throne. There was also a model of INS Vikrant here, which closely resembled the original one.
Inside the museum there were many paintings which included the Darbar scene of the Maharaja, where he is seen sitting on his golden throne. There were also many other beautiful paintings and portraits. Among the manuscripts in the museum we saw the history of Punjab, military manual of the Maharaja and a treaty between him and Raja Fateh Singh of Kapurthala. A number of weapons were also displayed in the museum. The crown of the Maharaja, which was once fitted with Kohinoor diamond, was also displayed in the museum. The golden throne of Maharaja Ranjit Singh is now in London Museum. After visiting the museum we sat in the beautiful garden, enjoying the view of the garden and the cool breeze blowing.