War Memorial, Amritsar

Location Of War Memorial Amritsar

The Punjab State War Heroes Memorial and Museum is located on a plot of about three hectares adjoining Amritsar – Attari Road.

It is on the outskirts of Amritsar City, 18 km away from Indo-Pak International border.


From Airport

The distance between Amritsar Airport and The War Memorial is of 24 min (16.1 km) via Ajnala Road and Grand Trunk Road.

From Railway Station

The distance between Amritsar Railway station and The War Memorial is 19 min (9.6 km) via Grand Trunk Road.

Ticket price at War Memorial Amritsar

The ticket for the museum costs Rs 100/- per person.


Monday – Closed

Tuesday – Sunday : 9:30am – 6:30pm

Best Time To Visit

November to March – In Amritsar, the weather is comparatively pleasant from November to March. This makes an ideal time for sightseeing and visiting the Golden Temple.

July to October – Amritsar experiences mild to heavy rains during these months. During this period, the weather is mostly pleasant and cloudy most of the time.

About War Memorial

World’s Longest Sword

The War memorial houses a 45-meter high stainless steel sword on the central edifice.

It represents the strength and courage of the people of Punjab while defending the nation in the hour of need.

MIG 21, Aircraft Carrier Ship, Three historic Tanks

The memorial showcases a fighter aircraft – MiG-23, a model of the carrier ship, INS Vikrant and three tanks which made history. These tanks are-

Two Pakistani tanks -a ‘Sherman’ and a ‘Patton’ tank, captured by Indian forces in 1965 and 1971 wars,

India’s ‘Centurion’ tank that had a  prominent role to play in the Indo-Pak wars.

A Tribute to the Brave Hearts of Punjab

The memorial-museum is intended to represent the glorious heroic deeds of the brave hearts of Punjab. The Memorial, immortalizing the deeds of brave soldiers aims to inspire and instill the spirit of patriotism in the youth.

Galleries in the War Memorial Amritsar

There are eight state-of-the-art galleries built in the Memorial Museum.

It is to showcase Punjab’s martial art tradition and military campaigns from the era of Sri Hargobind Singh Ji – the sixth of ten Sikh Gurus.

It showcases beautiful photographs, illustrations, paintings, artifacts, weapons, and interactive panels.

Gallery 1- Orientation and Antiquity

Alexander’s Unique Battle

Alexander, while “showing force” opposite Porus did an encounter crossing at Kadee, 27 km upstream.

Mauryan Empire

Chandragupta Maurya founded India’s first pan-Indian Empire in 321 BCE considered among the ancient world’s finest empires.

Emperor Akbar and Sikhism

During the reign of Emperor Akbar, all religions could live peacefully and harmoniously with each other.

Indus Valley Civilization

Rakhigarhi is situated in Hisar district of Haryana.

During the excavation at this, archaeologists found skeletons and many types of stones and metals which would have been used in making ornaments.

Gallery 2- Guru Hargobind Ji till the rise of the Sikh Empire

Guru Hargobind Singh Ji

In its founding years, Sikhism was going through an acid test. The 5th Guru Sahib, Guru Arjan Dev Ji was martyred for refusing to give up his faith.

Miri Piri

The Sixth Guru Sahib Guru Hargobind Ji is credited with bringing the concept of Miri-Piri into the Sikh ideological mainstream.

The Battle of Amritsar

The Battle of Amritsar took place between Guru Hargobind Ji and the Mughal forces in April 1634.

Khalsa Formation

Guru Gobind Singh Ji named the five brave Sikhs who offered their heads for their religion, “Panj Pyare” and the founders of the Khalsa.

The Battle of Chamkaur Sahib

Promised safe passage by the Mughals if he had and his 40 followers left Anandpur Sahib, Guru Gobind Singh Ji did so, fearing the worst.

Sikh Misls

Post Banda Bahadur’s death, a trend evolved in which free-wheeling bands of warriors of varying strengths scoured the countryside.

65 such bands existed. But over time grouped into 12 Jathas or ‘Misls’.

Gallery 3- The Sikh Empire and the Anglo Sikh Wars

Sikh Army was the military force of the Sikh Empire, formed in 1799 with the capture of Lahore by Maharaja Ranjit Singh.

The Sikh Empire declined after 1841, despite exhibiting deathless heroism and bravery in Anglo- Sikh Wars of 1846-49.

Gallery 4- British Rule Up to Partition

The Battle of Badgam

The Battle of Badgam was a little defensive battle that took place at Badgam in the Kashmir valley. The battle occurred on 3 November between 50 troops from Indian Side and tribal invaders from Pakistan who were 500 in number.

Gallery 5 – J & K Ops 1947-48

The operations of 1947-48 were conducted by the Indian Armed Forces in tough terrain and severe weather conditions. Soon after independence without sufficient preparations.

The tribal incursion sponsored by Pakistan came as a blow to the State of Jammu & Kashmir and the people of India. Though, it was effectively repelled by the brave action of the Indian Armed Forces but at a substantial cost.

Gallery 6 – Indo-China Wars 1962

The Battle of Dograi

The Battle of Dograi is one of the most ferocious battles in Indian military history.

It took place at the town of Dograi near Lahore on the dark night of September 21/22, 1965, between the soldiers of the Indian Army’s 3 Jat and Pakistan’s 16 Punjab.

1951 Winning Saga

The Indo-Pakistani War of 1965 was an end of conflicts that occurred between April 1965 and September 1965 between Pakistan and India.

Gallery 7 – Indo- Pak Wars (1965-1971)

The Indo-Pakistani War of 1971 was a military clash between India and Pakistan. It took place during the freedom war in East Pakistan from 3 December 1971 to 6 December 1971.

Gallery 8- Kargil War

The Kargil War was an armed battle between India and Pakistan. The war occurred between May and July 1999 in the Kargil district of Kashmir and along the Line of Control (LOC).

Depicts Battle Of Saragarhii

A mural has been built in the memorial to honor the Battle of Saragarhi with the names of the 21 Sikh martyrs of the battle engraved on it.

7D show at War Memorial Amritsar

The 7D auditorium in the memorial campus expedites an almost realistic experience of different war zones.

These war zones reflect the pre-British era. The British era, and the post-independence era. A special light and sound show is also a part of the memorial.

How to reach

It is easy for local citizens to drive and reach there as most of them use personal conveyance.

But, for those who are coming from different parts of the country need not worry as there are many other options available to reach there.

Hop on Hop off Bus

Hop on Hop off bus is one of the convenient ways which allows you to visit the best tourist places in Amritsar without worrying about time.

It is available at different packages ranging from ₹ 250- ₹ 1700.

So, it saves your time and energy and you don’t have to worry about the prices, unlike the cabs which are costlier.

Timings: 10 am- 7 pm

Take a Taxi

Those who don’t like traveling by bus, can book a cab and visit fort without waiting for a bus which has a time limit.

Prices for cab depends upon the pickup and drop off locations. There are some reliable apps such as Ola, Uber from where you get cab services.

Places Near War Memorial Amritsar

Sadda Pind

Sadda Pind is a Punjabi Culture Living Village Museum sprawling across 12 acres of land. It is located in the holy city of Amritsar, just 8 KM from the Golden Temple and 7 KM from the Airport.

The place is marked by Punjab’s vibrant culture and tradition. It portrays the lifestyle in a pre-Independence Punjabi village. Also, it brings you a chance to experience the culture, and authentic flavors of Punjab in one place.

Sarhad Restaurant

Sarhad Restaraunt is a complex, hardly a kilometer-and-a-half from the international border in Punjab. It is between neighbors India and Pakistan. The restaurant highlights the cuisine and culture of the two countries.

The architecture of the building shows the traditional design patterns of Amritsar and Lahore. Sarhad strives to bring out the best of both the countries.

Wagah Border

Wagah is a border village and Union Council located at the line between Pakistan and India. Wagah has located 600 meters ie. 2,000 ft.

It is to the west of the border and lies on the celebrated Grand Trunk Road between Lahore and Amritsar in India.

Pul Kanjri

Pul Kanjri lies on the way to Wagah Border. It is 35 km from Amritsar on Amritsar-Lahore highway, near the Daoka and Dhanoa Kalan village.

Pul Kanjri is an ancient building in a village from the time of Maharaja Ranjit Singh which has a historical memory and a fascinating tale.

It is one of the very few places that have been left in its historic form and is well preserved.