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About Gobindgarh

Known as a Steel Town, Gobindgarh is a small town in Fatehgarh Sahib District of Punjab and is a Municipal Committee. Famous for its steel recycling and manufacturing industrial units, this town is one of the richest in India, in terms of the income it generates. It is known as one of the oldest iron and steel hubs of the country. Here, unlike the majority of the rest of Punjab, landscapes are not dotted with lush green fields and flowers of harvest, but by hundreds of chimneys dotting the blue sky and a clouds of smoke flying with the wind.

About Gobindgarh
Gobindgarh

History of Gobindgarh

The industrial profile of Gobindgarh goes hand in hand with the historical and cultural heritage it has received and helps Gobindgarh emerge as an industrial town, so much so that it is known as Mandi Gobindgarh (Mandi stands for Market). Accoding to legends in 17th century, this town was visited by Shri Guru Hargobind Sahib, the Sixth Sikh Guru, who stayed on the shores of the lake 'Barhi Dhab.' With him were scores of his followers, among whom were several warriors. Details are not known, but eventually there was a skirmish between Guru Hargobind Sahib's men and the Mughals. As the Sikh warriors had their weapons splintered and their horses' horseshoes broken, they lamented the loss of steel. Upon hearing this, Shri Guru Hargobind Sahib calmly said that the town which had no iron to help his men in the battle, will one day have no shortage of it, rather it will have a big iron industry. In 1902, the visionary King of Nabha, Maharaja Hira Singh sparked the industrial revolution in the region by starting a few industrial plants here. This inheritance was carried forward by Maharaja Pratap who took special steps to see the industry grow further. In 1928, Gobindgarh, in British India was declared a free trade zone. In later years, land was distributed among local blacksmiths in order to encourage the steel production of this town.

Geography of Gobindgarh

Located in the eastern Punjab Gobindgarh is a Municipal Committee in Fatehgarh Sahib District. The city is located just 56km to the west of Chandigarh, and 52km east of Ludhiana. The geographical location of Gobindgarh is 30°39'36.0"N and 76°17'24.0"E. To the north of Gobindgarh is Khamanon Kalan, to the east Humayunpur and to the south Amloh. Geologically, it is situated on the alluvial plains, which the district of Fatehgarh Sahib is known for.

Climate of Gobindgarh

Like the other cities and villages in the South – East Punjab, the climate of Gobindgarh is rather dry and quite severe, especially at the height of the Summer when the temperatures regularly soar above 45°C. The high number of steel plants and the smoke bellowing from their chimneys into the air does not help matters either. In the Winter, the mercury stays close to the bottom as the temperatures hover around 4°C while cold wave sweeps across the region. Since it experiences sub – tropical climate in terms of rainfall, the rains here are quite moderate and normally last between the months of July and September, in the months of south - west Monsoon.

Administration of Gobindgarh

Gobindgarh, also known as Mandi Gobindgarh is a Municipal Committee, and a Sub – Tehsil of Fatehgarh Sahib District and is responsible to maintain the infrastructure of the town. The Municipal Committee comes under Amloh Sub Division. The Committee is authorised to impose tax over the residents and businesses in its administrative borders and collect those taxes.

Mandi Gobindgarh Municipal Committee
Mahesh Kumar
Executive Officer
Mandi Gobindgarh Municipal Committee
Address: Municipal Corporation, Dushera/Vegetable Market Rd, Mandi Gobindgarh, Punjab 147301
Phone: 01765-505368
Fax: 01765-505332

Population of Gobindgarh

As per the data of the 2001 Census, the population of Gobindgarh stood at 55,416 of which 56% were males and 44% females. As per the data, the average literacy date of Gobindgarh was 69% of which 72% were males and 67% were females. The data also shows that the population of children (age 0 – 6) stood at less than 12%. The 2011 Population Census of India puts the population of Gobindgarh (MCI + OG) at 82,266 and Gobindgarh (MCI) at 73,130. However, since the town of Gobindgarh is an industrial centre with a number of steel plants, the number of migrant workers is rather large. Consequently, the actual population of the town is much higher than the official figures.

Languages of Gobindgarh

Being an old town, like the rest of the places in Punjab, Punjabi is the main language of Gobindgarh, however, Hindi and English are also spoken here. Yet, due to the rapid industrial growth that the town has experienced has resulted in large influxes of workers from the neighbouring state of Uttar Pradesh and also from Bihar. Hence, various dialects of Hindi and Urdu are also spoken here.

Industrial Profile of Gobindgarh

Profile of Gobindgarh
Gobindgarh Steel Unit

Gobindgarh is known for its various steel industries operating throughout the city. There are nearly 500 steel rolling mills, 48 induction furnaces, 40 foundry units, 90 scrap – cutting units, 12 oxygen plants and 12 forging units that keep the supply to the rolling mills running. Apart from these units, there are 67 other industrial unit to complement the existing steel production infrastructure in Gobindgarh. Nearly 25% of India's steel industry depends on the steel produced in Gobindgarh.

Jain Steel Industries
Address: G. T. Road, Khanna Side, Mandi Gobindgarh - 147301, Punjab, India
http://www.jainsteelindustries.com/

Radhika Steel Industries
Address : R.G MILL ROAD, Mandi Gobindgarh - 147301, Punjab, India

Modi Industries
Modi Wire Products, Modi Mill Road
Mandi Gobindgarh.
Punjab - 147301,(INDIA).
Mob : +(91)-987-260-0129
Tel : +(91)-(1765)-254860
Email : marketing@modisteel.net
vm@modisteel.net
http://www.modisteel.com/

Tourism in Gobindgarh

Since Gobindgarh is mainly an industrial town, it is not know for tourism and travel. But as the history of this town shows it, the region in which Gobindgarh is located has been witness to a number of uprisings of the Sikhs against the Mughals, the then rulers of the region. The town also offers some splendid public gardens. If you find yourself traveling to Gobindgarh, there are quite a few places of tourist attractions in Gobindgarh that you can visit.

Gurdwara Fatehgarh Sahib

The Gurudwara of Fatehgarh Sahib is cluster of several shrines, or places of worship that have been bult in the honour of the younger Sahibzadas, or the two sons of Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth Sikh Guru. Situated at about 15km from the town of Gobindgarh, this place is a reminder of the terrible tragedy that had befallen here, when in 1705, at the behest of Wazir Khan of Kunjpura, the Faujdar of Sirhind ordered the execution of the two younger sons of Guru Gobind Singh. In an act of cruelty, they were bricked inside a wall, alive. In 1952, Maharaja Yadvindra Singh of Patiala built the main entrance to the Gurudwara Complex. The wall in which the two sons were buried is still preserved inside the complex. The Fatehgarh Sahib Gurudwara is accompanied by two more shrines, Gurdwara Burj Mata Gujri and Gurdwara Shahid Ganj, where the two sons and their mother Mata Gujri were kept in confinement by Wazir Khan. The place in which they were confined is known as Thanda Burj, as it keeps the insides cool during the summer. However, it was here that Mata Gujri learned of the martyrdom of her sons. Gurdwara Burj Mata Gujri was constructed to honour her. The site of the Gurudwara is beautiful and appeals to the soul with its milky white walls and pillars, adorned with the golden lotus domes. The Gurudwara is built in the Indo – Islamic style, surrounded by a rampart and white floor. The walls are adorned with carved handiwork that is a reminder of the great skills of the artists from the bygone era. If you are travelling to Gobindgarh, a visit to the Gurudwara should be on top of your list of things to do in Gobindgarh.

Sanghol

It was in the land of the river Sindh that the Indus Valley Civilisation originated and flourished. From their scientifically accurate construction and the exquisitely designed drainage systems, the Indus Valley Civilisation points to a rich period of the Indian subcontinent. Sanghol is a village, around 23km from Gobindgarh, a site famous for the relics discovered by archaeologists at various points in time. The site is a source of coins and seals related to Toramana and Mihirakula belonging to central Asia. In 1968, a Buddhist Stupa was discovered here. However, in 1985, under the guidance of the Directorate of Archaeology, Punjab, a rather unique treasure of historical relics was discovered at the site. This included 117 beautifully carved stone slabs that included 69 pillars, 35 crossbars, and several figurines that come from 1st and 2nd centuries AD, known as Kushan sculptures of the Mathura school. Near the archaeological site, there is a museum of ancient arts and relics from the Harappan Civilisation, dating from 1700 BC to about 6th century A.D. Most of the relics found at the site are on the display in the museum.

Hotels in Gobindgarh

Gobindgarh is home to large number of steel plants and the visitors to this small town mainly comprise of businessmen. Although there are a few restaurants in Gobindgarh, there is a dearth of good hotels where you could stay. However, Gobindgarh is not far from the big cities such as Chandigarh (56km) and Ludhiana (52km), where you could be stationed. There are better options to choose from in your preferred category of hotels in those cities.

Utility Services in Gobindgarh

Utility Services in Gobindgarh
Utility Services

The base of any developing society is the the support structure and framework it has in place. As Gobindgarh is a town that sees a number of people; including labourers, contractors and businessmen visiting the town on a regular basis, it is imperative that the town offers ample utility services to its residents and visitors alike. Here are some of the important utility services in the town of Gobindgarh.

Police in Gobindgarh

Inspector Gurpinderpal Singh,
SHO Gobindgarh
Phone: 01765 - 503256
Mobile: 8558818115

Banking Services in Gobindgarh

As Gobindgarh is the largest industrial town in the district of Fatehgarh Sahib, and one of the richest Municipal Committees in India, a lot of financial transaction takes place here. To cater to the growing needs of the financial markets, a number of banks have opened branches here.

HDFC Bank Ltd.
Branch: Gobindgarh
IFSC Code: HDFC0002763
MICR Code: 147240103
Branch Code: 002763
Address: Hdfc Bank Ltd.,amloh Road, Near Punjab And Sindh Bank, Mandigobindgarh, Dist. Fatehgarh Sahib, Punjab, 147301
Phone No: Not Provided

UCO Bank
Branch: Gobindgarh
IFSC Code: UCBA0001942
MICR Code: 147028102
Branch Code: 001942
Address: Uco Bank, Opp. Bus Stand, G T Road, Mandi Gobindgarh, Punjab
Phone No: 01765 256000

Axis Bank
Branch: Gobindgarh
IFSC Code: UTIB0000761
MICR Code: 147211998
Branch Code: 000761
Address: Khewat No.143 206, 145 208, Khasra No. 17 5 (7-4), 6 25 (6-14) Plot No.436 & 436a, Ward No. 16, Vikas Nagar, Sec No. 1c Near G.p.s. College & School G.t. Road, Gobindgarh 147301 Dist. Fatehgarh Sahib, Punjab
Phone No: 01765 – 507200 201 202 203

Bank of India (BOI)
Branch: Gobindgarh
IFSC Code: BKID0006552
MICR Code: 147013301
Branch Code: 006552
Address: Mandi Gobindgarh, Opp. New Bus Adda, G. T. Road, Mandi Gobindgarh, 147301, Punjab.
Phone No: Not Provided

Postal Services in Gobindgarh

In the age of modern communication and transport systems, the postal services have still retained their relevance and importance in India. Many official as well as personal letters and packages are still sent with the postal and courier services. Since Gobindgarh is a major industrial hub, it is imperative to have robust postal services in the region. There are domestic courier services operating in Gobindgarh. Here are some postal and courier services you can avail in the town of Mandi Gobindgarh.

Mandi Gobindgarh IT SO Post Office (Non Delivery)
Pin Code: 147301
Head Post Office: Rajpura H.O
Postal Division: Patiala
Postal Region: Chandigarh HQ
Address: Post Office Rd, Mandi Gobindgarh, Punjab, 147301
Phone: 01765-258411

First Flight Couriers Ltd
Address: Motia Khan,Mandi Gobindgarh, Fatehgarh Sahib - 147301
Phone: 01765-258907

DTDC Courier & Cargo Ltd
Address: DTDC Couriers, Nr. Chanan Ram Petrol Pump, G.t Road, Mandigobindgarh, Fatehgarh Sahib - 147301
Phone: 01765-507736
Mobile: 9814707736

Blue Dart Express Ltd
Address: C/O Suresh Enterprises, SCO - 304, G T Road, Sirhind Side Near CRDC Petrol Pump, Mandi Gobindgarh, Fatehgarh Sahib – 147301
Phone: 01765-501789
Mobile: 9888607000

Crown Courier
Address: Loha Bazzar, Mandi Gobindgarh, Fatehgarh Sahib – 147301
Phone: 1765-502903
Mobile: 9888520903

Overnite Express Ltd
Working Hours: Monday to Saturday 09:30am to 07:30pm
Address: G T Road, Mandi Gobindgarh, Fatehgarh Sahib - 147301, Kukad Mazra, Sirhind Side

Healthcare Services in Gobindgarh

Gobindgarh town is severely lacking in adequate healthcare facilities. There are not many hospitals in Gobindgarh apart from the Civil Hospital. For better medical care, you could visit the nearby towns or cities such as Ludhiana or Chandigarh. Though there are few chemist shops that can be visited to purchase prescribed drugs.

Civil Hospital
Address: MG Marg , Railway Road, Mandi Gobindgarh , Punjab147301
Phone: 01765-254602, 255602

Transport in Gobindgarh

The town of Gobindgarh lies to about 56km west of Chandigarh city and about 52km east to Ludhiana. As it is located right between two important cities in the region, getting to Gobindgarh is fairly easy as buses ply daily between Gobindgarh and Sirhind, Chandigarh, Ludhiana as well other nearby cities, towns and villages. There are state transport and private bus services that the tourist can avail in reasonable rates. Mandi Gobindgarh Railway Station (GVG) is well placed in terms of train connectivity because of its industrial importance. Many long distance trains such as Amritsar Express, Ganga Sutlej Express, Saryu Yamuna Express, Shaheed Express, Chhattisgarh pass through here. It is connected to major cities in the region via Chandigarh and Ludhiana such as Jalandhar, Amritsar, Delhi as well as some important cities in the rest of India. By air Chandigarh Airport of Chandigarh is the nearest airport to go Gobindgarh. The airport has domestic flight services and is only about 69 from Gobindgarh. The tourists or visitors can hire a taxi at the airport to go to Gobindgarh.

Mandi Gobindgarh Railway Station
Location : Mandi Gobindgarh, Punjab, India
Operated by : Northern Railway
Line(s) : Ambala-Attari line
Station code : GVG
Division(s) : Ambala

Gobindgarh at a glance

Country : India
State : Punjab
District : Fatehgarh Sahib
Languages
• Official : Punjabi
Time zone : IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN : 147301
Telephone code : 01765
Vehicle registration : PB 23


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