Punjab has a number of warriors who have fought for the people of Punjab around various timelines. But here we are going to talk about one of the biggest Sikh warriors of all time, who single handedly fought for the pride of Sikhs and the people of Punjab.
But the sad reality is, we are forgetting such warriors. The warrior we are going to talk about is Banda Singh Bahadur, he was not just a Sikh warrior but was also the commander of the Khalsa army.
To make sure that the people do not forget such warriors the government has created a war memorial in the name of Banda Singh Bahadur, which is Banda Singh Bahadur War Memorial at Chappar Chiri.
Want to plan your next trip to Banda Singh Bahadur War Memorial? If yes, then make sure to follow this post till the end.
History of Banda Singh Bahadur War Memorial
The first and the major reason because of which the Banda Singh Bahadur War Memorial was developed is to keep a memory of the Sikh warrior. Apart from that, people should also know that many years ago this Sikh warrior helped Sikhs and the people of Punjab in various situations.
Now, most of the people have this question in their mind: why is this war memorial situated in Chappar Chiri?
If you also have this thought in your mind, then we would like to tell you that, this place is a tribute to Banda Singh Bahadur and all the Sikh warriors who fought the battle of Chappar Chiri between the Sikhs and the Mughal forces led by Wazir Khan in May 1710.
With the help of this win, the Sikhs were able to establish their rule from Lahore to Delhi for a long time.
A number of people visit this place on a daily basis and it has been considered as one of the biggest tourist destinations of Mohali. The best part is, whenever you visit this war memorial you would be able to get that feeling of openness.
Here’s a quick fact that the design of Banda Singh Bahadur War Memorial is designed by a Panchkula based architect named Renu Khanna.
What is Inside Banda Singh Bahadur War Memorial
Most of the people have this misconception that to enter Banda Singh Bahadur War memorial you would need a ticket but the reality is you don’t need any ticket to enter. You just need to make sure that you are visiting this place within the open timings.
This war memorial is open from 8 am to 8 pm.
Right after entering the war memorial, you would be able to get an exceptional and scenic view of this place. The designers and the architects have developed an amazing design that combines greenery, hill looking structure, water, and other such elements.
By combining all these elements, they have created an outstanding design. Also, the designers have made sure that the visitors get access to fresh air at every spot of this tourist place.
Not just that, while traveling within the war memorial you would be able to find various notice boards with the information about Banda Singh Bahadur and all the Sikh warriors who fought the Chappar Chiri war.
How to reach Banda Singh Bahadur War Memorial, Chappar Chiri?
By Air: If you are traveling from another state or country then you should travel via Air. You can book your plane tickets for Chandigarh and after reaching Chandigarh airport you can take cabs to reach Banda Singh Bahadur War Memorial.
By Train: If you have planned to travel by train then you need to book a train till Chandigarh which is in Sector 17 and after moving out of the Chandigarh Railway station you can book a cab till Banda Singh Bahadur War Memorial, Chappar Chiri.
By Road: You can also plan a road trip and travel to the war memorial via road. All the roads are good and the local people are also helpful. The war memorial is at a distance of around 15 kms from Chandigarh. Just make sure that you are visiting the war memorial between 8 am to 8 pm.
Firstly, you would not be able to get any type of accommodation within Banda Singh Bahadur War Memorial. Secondly, Chappar Chiri is a village type area so you would be unable to find good hotels nearby.
To find good hotels or homestays you can travel to Mohali or Chandigarh.
Also, we would suggest you to get the hotel booking done early in the day, because it will become a difficult task for you to book a hotel late in the night.
Within the war memorial there are no food stalls, nor would you be able to find something nearby. Hence you should keep a water bottle and a few food items in your travel bag while visiting the Banda Singh Bahadur War memorial.
If you are looking for local cuisine, then you can check out parathas in the morning. You can travel to Sector 15 Chandigarh where you would be able to find many food stalls which are small but offer you good, authentic and clean food.
There you can get parathas, cholle bhature, veg thalis, non-veg thali, south indian food, himachali food, and many more such things.
If you want to get something generic then you can travel to any Haldiram stall/shop.
Places to visit nearby
- If you want to do some fun activities then you can visit Thunder Zone Amusement and Water Park. It is one of the best places to travel with friends and kids.
- If you want to explore Chandigarh and the crowd over there then you can travel to Elante Mall in Sector 17. You can also do a lot of shopping over there.
- Within Sector 15 market you would be able to get a lot of shopping options as well. So, if you want to do shopping at cheaper rates, then this is the place for you to visit.
Banda Singh Bahadur War Memorial is a small place to travel, but the architecture and the story linked with the war memorial is exceptional and you would be able to learn a number of things by visiting such a place. If you are an history enthusiast, it is a go-to destination.
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