Chandigarh: The historic Gobindgarh Fort at Amritsar, a legacy of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, is set to be thrown open to tourists in September after the completion of its first phase of restoration.
Stating this here today, Sarwan Singh Phillaur, Punjab Tourism and Cultural Affairs Minister, said that "the conservation work of the fort has been started in phases and the first phase has already been completed with the financial assistance of the Asian Development Bank".
The minister said that the fort would be opened to the public on the eve of World Tourism Day in September and would remain opened for three days a week.
"Special arrangements have also been made for a heritage walk for the tourists.
The walk would take the visitors on a voyage that would start from the `Mukh Dawaar` through the Nalwa Gate, Androoni Gate and Darbar Hall to the `Tosha Khana`," Phillaur said.
A light and sound programme, depicting the historical background and other minute details associated with Maharaja Ranjit Singh, would also be planned by January next year, he added.
The Gobindgarh Fort, which was built in 1760 AD by the Sikh warrior king and named after tenth Sikh Guru Guru Gobind Singh, was in the possession of the British army for nearly 150 years.