Army Heritage Museum in Shimla
Even tourists who come for their Shimla Trip do not leave Shimla without visiting this heritage spot of Shimla. Annandale ground is used for playing varieties of sports like cricket, athletics and polo. Moreover Annandale boasts the age old museum, the Army Heritage Museum, a must-see place for every Indian. A temple built very close to Annandale is also a popular tourist site.
About Army Heritage Museum
The various sections of this museum
- Great Military Leaders
- Uniforms of the Indian Army (pre and post-independence)
- Ethos of Indian Army
- Army and the Nation
- About UN Peacekeeping Forces
- Arms, weapons and ammunitions (ancient and modern India)
- Flags and bands of the Army
- Contribution of Indian Army personals to sports/games
- Various awards, honors and recognition provided to the Indian Army
- Past History of Shimla
- Conservation of Flora and Fauna of the region
The motto and culture of Indian Army is very well represented through the various items organized in various sections of this Army Heritage Museum. Right from the ancient day Indian Army to the technologically developed Indian Army, visitors will get to know about all. There is a separate section where important achievements of the great Indian warriors are described.
Visitors get to know about the warriors like courageous Maharana Pratap, Rani Laxmibai, Shivaji Maharaja, Guru Gobin Singh, Tipu Sultan etc. who never gave an inch to the outsiders and died heroic deaths. Visitors would also get to know about the modern warriors like Field Marshal Manekshaw , Carriappaa and many others who died a great death in order to save their country from intruders.
The museum also has the surrender letter of Parkistan (1971 war) and Flag of Pakistan. A separate section is there for showcasing arms and weapons of various types.
The collection has ancient items like bows & arrows, swords, spears and also has many modern ammunition including AK-47. Army uniforms dating back to pre-independence time as well as after the independence are kept here. Medals, rewards and awards of the Indian Army are also displayed here. Many of these medals depict strong bonding between the Royal Nepal Army and the Indian Army.
Timing of the Army Heritage Museum
Entry is free. The museum remains opened on all days of the week but remains closed on Monday and public holidays.