It is said to have housed the Maharaja’s treasury, including the famed Kohinoor diamond within its walls. Legend has it that Ranjit Singh was coveting the legendary cannon Zamzama (which finds mention in Rudyard Kipling’s Kim), reportedly fashioned for Ahmad Shah Abdali out of metal utensils looted from Lahore. It was appropriated by the Bhangis and housed within Gobindgarh fort. Following his annexation of Amritsar, the cannon was transported to Lahore by Maharaja Ranjit Singh for use in subsequent expeditions and today, it stands sentinel outside the Lahore Museum.
One of the most striking and historic edifices of Amritsar, this is the only surviving fort from the times of Maharaja Ranjit Singh. It has had a continuous historical narrative including events from the struggle for independence. This historical layering is also visible in the fort’s distinct military architectural style and layout. It comprises two concentric layers of fortified walls with bastions and is entered through two successive gateways. The inner enclosure includes numerous buildings which have an obvious colonial look and feel about them. Currently under renovation, it will soon be thrown open to public visits.