The verdant township of Anandpur Sahib, at the foothills of the Shivaliks in Punjab, has always drawn tourists by the hordes. But this time, it is not just the historic gurdwaras that is drawing them to one of the most sacred places for the Sikh community. It's the two-month-old Virasat-e-Khalsa, or the Heritage of the Khalsa, a majestic museum complex spread over 65 acres, showcasing 500 years of Sikh heritage, that is garnering attention.
The exhibits and the narratives take the audience through the transition of the Sikh gurus from a religious community to warrior saints after the martyrdom of the fifth Guru Arjan Dev. Phase II of the project, scheduled to be ready in another two years, will have 12 galleries, recreating Sikh history from the time of Banda Bahadur to the Partition.
Rajni Shaleen Chopra : New Delhi, Sun Jan 29 2012