There is something beautifully unique about this place. Far from the madding crowd and surrounded by soft greens, it stands magnificent and inviting. And, visitors to the place walk about wearing headsets, listening deeply to the audio that reveals the history of the place.
The winter months are rather cold, but it is the right time to visit this marvelous place of importance to the Sikhs–Virasat-e-Khalsa, the spiritual museum, in the holy town of Anandpur Sahib in Punjab. The museum’s marvelous and glorious architecture tells the history of Sikhism.
The essence of Punjab can be felt all around, as you travel to this place. You can treat your eyes to the panoramic view of green fields and treat your taste buds with the freshly made jaggery from small stalls at the roadside.
On reaching the place, a short tour is offered in which the visitor wears a headset, chooses a language for the audio and walks past the paintings and artifacts. Each visitor gets an elaborated explanation about everything kept inside. The museum includes an amphitheater, an exhibition hall, an auditorium and a cafeteria.
The mesmerizing voice of Kabir Bedi, Divya Dutta and Surjit Patar (famous Punjabi Poet) add to this amazing experience. The unique selling point of the place is the Guru Granth Sahib in the first phase and a giant chandelier that illuminates the ek onkar sign.
You can reach your destination by driving 80 km from Chandigarh towards Anandpur Sahib. You can also choose CTU (Chandigarh Transport Undertaking) or Punjab Roadways to reach there. While on this route you can also visit Banda Singh Bahadur War Memorial in the village Chappar Chiri to witness the tallest minaret of India- Fateh Burj. This minaret is taller than Delhi’s Qutub Minar and stands to the height of 72.5 meters. Artificial water bodies are set up around to make it picture perfect. Light changing system has been set up inside the minaret to present a special light show for the visitors in the evening.
On this occasion of Gurpurab – the birth anniversary of first guru Guru Nanak Dev – and extended weekend, consider taking a tour to the Sikh history and celebrate the foundation of Khalsa at Virasat-e-Khalsa.