Virasat-e-Khalsa is a splendidly created museum in the city of Ropar, Punjab about Sikhism. Situated 95 km from Chandigarh, can be reached via Road.
Though the architecture of the place depicts not much about the Sikh culture. But, it is one of the most well curated and modern structures. Not to miss is that it is still rooted to the location around.
- Only entry pass, no cost involved.
- Well maintained and managed centre, help keep it so
- No eatables allowed but they have cafeteria
- Timings: 10 AM to 6 PM
The Virasat-e-Khalsa is divided into 2 complexes. Created by Amardeep Bahl, built over 100 acres near the Holy Shrine of Takht Keshgarh Sahib, the birth of the Khalsa Panth, Anandpur Sahib.
While entering the complex area, you can find proper parking, ample of it. Perfectly maintained washrooms and a few Food Kiosks. After proper security checks, you are landed in the middle of beautiful building structures and a small water body.
Climbing up the stairs, from the first floor you get a much better view of the places around, also of the Gurudwara and fort nearby. Now as I entered the main complex, was astonished by the wall covered with murals depicting the life in Punjab. Not a single wall but floors were covered with the village life, the lakes, rivers, people, doing activities from morning to night. Providing a 360 view.[gallery type="rectangular" ids="1690,1691,1694,1699,1705,1706,1713,1715,1716,1718,1721" orderby="rand"]
The spirit is high here, with super cool Punjabi songs playing in the background and lights changing, depicting the various modes and moods of the culture. The feel is out of the world. Here was when I realised why is it called Ajooba (wonder). But to my surprise, it did not end here.
They offer headphones, small devices with some sensor I guess. You can opt for the language of your choice from Hindi, English and Punjabi. The audio automatically gets activated once you visit a specific gallery and it describes about the same.
The last part depicts about the pre-independence time and the princely states created thereafter.
Anybody with interest in history and Sikhism in specific would love this place. But having said that, this is not the only thing it is to be visited for. A good blend of charm, architecture, history and technology! Go Banjare! :)