Rupnagar is also known as Ropar. Rupnagar is a district in the state of Punjab. Rupnagar is one of the earliest cultures of the world. The rich archaeological findings here indicate that the region was inhabited by Harappans in the third millennium BC. Rupnagar has also played an important role in Sikh history. The holy city of Rupnagar was founded by Anandpur Sahib and Guru Tegh Bahadur. While it was Guru Gobind Singh, the largest army of Sikh gurus, who established the Khalsa army here to counter the increasingly aggressive Mughal rulers. Rupnagar is located on the banks of the Satluj river.
Visiting place in Rupnagar
Anandpur Sahib is believed to have been founded by Guru Tegh Bahadur. The festival of Holla Mohalla is celebrated here with great fanfare. This place is considered one of the five sacred seats of Sikhism. This Gurudwara Keshgarh Sahib is considered as the birthplace of Khalsa. Guru Tegh Bahadur raised the village of Chak Nanki near the remains of Maghowala, later known as Anandpur Sahib. Anandpur Sahib is a town a short distance from Rupnagar where many Gurdwaras and Sikh holy sites are located.
Roper Wetland is also known as Roper Lake. It is a man-made freshwater river and Lextrin Wetland. One of the 27 sites listed under India’s scheme, Ropar Wetland has been included as Ramsar sites. The area has at least a handful of mammals, birds, fish, arthropods, rotifers, crustaceans, and protozoan species, which makes it biologically diverse. This place is located on the Shivalik foothills of the lower Himalayas.
The archaeological museum was set up by the Archaeological Survey of India in the year 1998 to exhibit all the artifacts dig from the first Harappan site near Rupnagar, post-independence. Apart from this, tourists can also catch a glimpse of some well-preserved monuments of Punjab, Haryana, and Himachal Pradesh, along with World Heritage Monuments. Multifarious artefacts like vina vadini, gold coins of Chandragupta, and others are featured in the museum.