All the days I did wake up early at the crack of dawn as I did at home. Being a fitness geek, I was never carried into the slothful habit of going to bed late and waking up late. My trip to Punjab was getting over and I had a few official telephone calls to make to complete my work, while I had one more place to visit too. Even if you are a seasoned traveler from the country, a visit to Punjab every time will still hold the charms.
Driven by the rich and long history and heritage of Sikhs, we traveled from the Virasat-e-Khalsa Museum to Sheesh Mahal in Punjab. While traveling I could find most places in Punjab coming in their own with continuous renovation and restructuring, which has resulted in an explosion of various business outlets, restaurants and cafes.
Our cab was racing to Sheesh Mahal, Old Moti Bagh, Punjab, which is about 120 km from Anantpur Sahib. After good two hour and fifteen minutes travel, we reached Sheesh Mahal. The mahal was built in 1847 by Maharaja Navinder Singh. I could collect some details of the historic structure from our guide, who explained to me that the mahal was designed using mirrors and glass of colored ones. As a result, this mahal was called so, that is, ‘Palace of Mirrors’.
It was disappointing that we could not gain entry to the museum and some halls and exhibits as renovation work was going on there. A three-storey structure, it depicted the architecture of ancient India with pictures of flowers on the walls and ceilings.
I figured out that most of the art there was in poetic form and represented Bihari, Surdas, and Kesav. Furthermore, the paintings exhibited in the museum were of Jaya Deva’s poetry, Krishan Lila, Kangra paintings, and so on. I was told that there were also collections of portraits and ancient coins in the museum. These exhibits were interesting, but we couldn’t see them.
We walked around the place and stopped at the lake. My attention caught the Lakshman Jhoola, which is a bridge to access the Moti Bagh Palace. By the time we finished our sightseeing, it was 5 pm. The lights on the building were lit and the whole Sheesh Mahal looked stunningly beautiful. Capturing some quick snaps of the place, we returned to our room.