This is the last stage of my trip to Punjab and we had the opportunity to visit Maharaja Ranjit Singh War Museum, which was located on the outskirts of the city of Ludhiana, on G T Road. We took a cab arranged by the hotel to reach the place. We were told at the travel desk that the museum was open to the public from 9 am to 5.30 pm on all days except for Mondays. The entry fee to the museum was Rs.40 for adults and Rs.20 for children. Children below 5 years need not take any entry ticket.
As we reached the museum I saw that it was a massive structure spreading over a large area of about 4 acres. After paying the entry fee and entering through the gate, the first thing that welcomed us was the statue of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, sitting majestically on the throne. We also saw the model of INS Vikrant, which has a close resemblance to the original one.
On entering the large hall of the museum, I could see the flags of Indian Military Force, Navy and Air force. There were also flags of other battalions. They teach visitors a lot about the defense policies of India. There were also the portrait of Field Marshal Manekshaw and other portraits of Chakra Winners and top military officials of Punjab adorning the walls.
The museum has 12 galleries such as Kargil Gallery, Indian War History Gallery, Historic Gallery, Air Force and Navy Gallery, etc. The Kargil Gallery contains a description of the Kargil war fought and a history of Kargil, Kaksar, Masokh Valley, etc. It also gives you information on the soldiers who fought in the war, their names and those who laid down their lives protecting the Mother land.
Indian War History provides you information on ancient history and the wars fought by Alexander and Porus, and the battles of Babur, Akbar, and so on. It also contains portraits of Maharaja Ranjit Singh and the wars fought by him.
We also saw many models of weapons, fighter tanks and fighter jets, as well as that of INS Tarangini and INS Vikramaditya. A look at all these fills you with patriotism and makes you bow to the heroes who sacrificed their lives for the noble cause.