Kala Amb, also known as Panipat Battle Field Memorial, is a historical site on the outskirts of Panipat, Haryana. The place is located at a distance of about 7 kms to the east from the Panipat Junction.
Kala Amb marks the battleground of the clash between the Afghans and the Marathas during the Third Battle of Panipat. It was a bloody site where close to 75,000 members of the Maratha army were massacred. Presently, the place is a quiet park where locals come for a stroll. The park has a red obelisk in one of its corners, which marks the point where the Maratha Commander Sadashiv Rao Bhau took his last breath during battle. Legend says that a black mango tree once stood at this spot, under which the mighty commander fought his last. Although the tree no longer exists, it is what has lent the area its current name of Kala Amb.
The Ror Maratha community organises an event on 14th Janurary at Kala Amb each year to commemorate the fallen soldiers of the Third Battle of Panipat. The best time to visit the place is during the pleasant months from autumn and spring. Visitors can expect to spend 1 hour or more at this place.
Kala Amb is a must-visit for a first-time visitor to Panipat for paying their respects to the slain soldiers of the Third Battle of Panipat. The best time to visit it is during the day. The Panipat Battle Field Memorial can be visited during timings 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM. The place is open throughout the year. There are no entry fees.