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Ram Bagh, inside Summer Palace of Maharaja Ranjit Singh.

Ram Bagh is located in Amritsar city, in the state of Punjab. It is a garden within the summer palace of the Maharaja Ranjit Singh. Today the palace has been modified into a lovely museum. This garden attracts a lot of tourists every year. It is popular as one of the best gardens in Punjab. It is not only a garden but a slice of the rich historical significance of city Amritsar. Maharajah Ranjit Singh is no more but his summer palace is still there to remind us of the glory days.

The Garden is large and vast. It is built in the model of Shalimar gardens in Lahore. The garden is intersected by water channels fitted with fountains and golden fish. There are lots of plants and trees, some of them very rarely found anywhere else. You will have fresh air, good place to sit down and relax. The best time to come would be in morning or at the evening hours. There is a plenty of place for children to play and enjoy. It is a wonderful place to walk and relax in morning or evening in fact..

The garden also has a panorama of the Maharaja Ranjit Singh, which is the joint venture of The National Council of Science and Museums and the State Government of Punjab. This panorama depicts the important events in the life of the Great Maharaja Ranjit Singh through three-dimensional montages. It has been converted into the shape of Museum. It was established by the Government of India on the 400 foundation day of Amritsar City in 1977. This Museum has some rare priceless collections of paintingsweapons and Armours, manuscripts and coins of the 18th and 19th century. Touring the entire museum takes less than a 30-minute visit. You can enter from four to five different places. But until you enter form the main gate you won't be able to reach the museum easily. There are small monuments inside the parks too. At the end of the garden, there is a statue of Maharaja Ranjit Singh saddled on a horse in a winsome posture.

History

Ram Bagh Garden memorizes the summer and spiritual capital of first Sikh Ruler Maharaja Ranjit Singh. Maharaja took Lahore in 1799 and made it his capital in 1802 he came to Amritsar. In 1818 he got constructed Ram Bagh Garden after the name of Guru Ram Das, the fourth Sikh Guru. This garden was on the pattern of Shalimar Bagh of Lahore, under the command of Fakeer Azeez-ud-din and Sardars Lehna Singh and Desa Singh Majithia the nobles of Lahore darbar. The original cost of construction of this garden was 1,25000 Nanak Shahi Rupees. Earlier, it was called the Company Garden. Later, Maharaja Ranjit Singh changed the name to Ram Bagh, to commemorate his unflinching devotion to Guru Ram Das, the founder of the city of Amritsar. It was his way to pay tribute to the respected religious leader.