Ferozepur is situated on the banks of Sutlej River very close to the Indo-Pakistan border. Sultan Firuz Shah Tughlaq found this city. It is also the administrative and transport centre of the state. It is known for its rich history. It also played an important role in the independence struggle of the nation. Ferozpur has many monuments that are built in the fond memory of the martyrs who sacrificed themselves for the country.
It is here that the three well know martyrs namely Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Shaheed Rajguru and Shaheed Sukhdev were cremated. A memorial called the Shaheed Bhagat Singh Memorial has also been set up to honor them. The headquarters of the brigade of the Northern Corps of Indian Army are situated at Ferozepur.
The meeting points of two river Beas and Sutlej is observed at Ferozepur. Abundant greenery and birds are found here due to wetlands.
Places to visit
Anglo-Sikh War Memorial Ferozeshah: Built in the 1976, it houses paintings of historical personalities and battles scenes made Jaswant Singh and Kirpal Singh. Some weaponry is also displayed.
The Barki Memorial: This memorial was constructed in the year 1969. It was built in the fond memory of the soldiers of the 7 Infantry Division who died in the battle in 1965. Barki a town situated at a distance of 15 miles from Lahore. Lt. Gen Harbakhsh Singh VC laid the foundation stone on September 11, 1969. Lt. Gen HK Sibal MVC performed the unveiling ceremony. A 27 feet high pillar is found in the centre of the memorial. Red and white sandstone is used for its construction. A Patten tank, a Barki milestone and water fountain are also present. The classical Indian architectural style is used for the carvings.
Saragarhi Memorial Gurudwara: Twenty one soldiers of the 36th Sikh regiment died while fighting against the local tribal chiefs in the year 1897. The history is a part of the 8 narratives of collective bravery that the UNESCO publishes. Every year on the September 12, hordes of people gather here to pay homage to the soldiers.
National Martyrs Memorial Hussainiwala: This memorial is set up in the fond memory of the three famous martyrs namely Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru. Their unceremonial cremation took place here.
Harike Wild Life Sanctuaries: It is a famous wildlife sanctuary. It stretches over an area of 86 square kilometers. The meeting point of the two rivers Beas and Sutlej. In 1999, it was declared a wildlife sanctuary. As declared by the International Body of Wetlands under the UNDP in the year 1990, it is now a Ramsar site.
Thousands of migratory birds travel this place every year during the winter season. Around 45000 ducks migrate here every year. Common teal, pinrail, crested porchard, etc. are some of the most noticed species. Turtles and fishes are also seen. Smooth Indian otter, jungle cat, jackal and the Indian wild boar are mammals that were found here.
Jain Swetamber Temple: This temple was built in the year 1890. The ancient Jain culture and history is depicted through the wall paintings of this temple. The main idol, which is kept inside the temple, belongs to Palitana Sidhgiri in Gujarat. Idols as old as 1200 years are also preserved.