Chandigarh, January 11: “The Virasat-e-Khalsa museum built by Punjab Government at the sacred town of Sri Anandpur Sahib continues to hog lime-light and has emerged as the numero uno destination in terms of visitors from all across the globe.”

Disclosing this here today while interacting with the mediapersons, the Tourism and Cultural Affairs Minister, Punjab, Mr. Navjot Singh Sidhu said that as per validation by Limca Book of Records, ‘Virasat-e-Khalsa’, conceived to commemorate the prideful 550 years of history and culture of Punjab, has added another feather in its cap by becoming the top ranked museum in the country. Interestingly, in 2018, maximum visitors visited among past three years, added Mr. Sidhu.

The minister further said that the Department of Cultural Affairs is committed to preserving the culture and heritage of Punjab and its efforts are bearing fruits as the state is fast becoming the favourite destination of the visitors from across the globe.

Effusive in his praise of the visual-cum-narrative museum, the minister said it was a matter of great pride that Virasat-e-Khalsa has attained a cult status in the museum world welcoming more than five thousands daily visitors. In a celebratory tone, he placed on record that an astounding figure of close to one billion visitors who have visited the museum till date in a short span of 7 years of its opening.

Divulging more, the minister said that the validation of these facts about Virasat-e-Khalsa has been confirmed by the department from Limca Book of Records itself, which is going to publish it in its latest edition. The minister congratulated the authorities and the staff for making Virasat-e-Khalsa a top ranked museum in the country.

Mr. Sidhu added that the museum carries us all along the riveting journey of thriving culture and tradition of 550 years history of the scenic landscape in its 27 galleries. He also said that the museum opens at 10 AM and the visitors are allowed entry passes up to 4:30 pm daily, barring Monday which is a weekly-off day.

The Secretary, Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs Mr. Vikas Pratap eaborated that the Virasat-e-Khalsa has been visited by more than 9.7 million visitors in its 7 years journey, the prominent amongst them being the Canadian Prime Minister, the President of Mauritius, Governors of Indian states, Chief Minster, Cabinet Ministers and Member of Parliaments & Ambassadors of various nations. All of them have been praiseworthy of the architecture, use of technology, infrastructure and standards of maintenance and upkeep at this marvellous museum. He also highlighted the efforts of staff and authorities of Virasat-e-Khalsa in undertaking Energy Conservation Measures in the museum, as a result of which Virasat-e-Khalsa has been, conferred an award by the Punjab Energy Development Agency for cutting down the electricity consumption in the recent past.

Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Executive Officer, Virasat-e-Khalsa and the Director, Tourism and Cultural Affairs Mr. Malwinder Singh Jaggi said that Virasat-e-Khalsa welcomes around 5262 visitors on an average daily and outnumbers all other museums in terms of popularity and visitor footfall.