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Patiala

Patiala

Weather

Patiala, like most other cities of Punjab experiences typical tropical climate synonymous with the Indo-Gangetic plains. The summer months from April to July have extreme harsh conditions with temperatures exceeding the 45 degree mark. Patiala remains dry mostly throughout the year, except for the monsoon season from middle of July to September with the city receiving adequate rainfall. The winter months of Patiala from October to February and middle of March are cold and smoggy with temperatures dropping as low as 5 degrees centigrade.

How To Reach

By Road:

Driving down to Patiala is a very convenient option. Patiala is well connected from New Delhi, Chandigarh as well as from the holy city of Amritsar. Patiala lies just off the four lanes National Highway 1 running from Delhi to Amritsar at a distance of 250 Kms from Delhi. The journey to Patiala from Ambala Cantonment takes about 5 hours.  Driving from Chandigarh to Patiala is also swift and convenient using the Zirakpur National Highway 22 through Rajpura.


By Air:

Although Patiala is the house of the royals and the erstwhile capital of Punjab in the colonial times, the city does not have a domestic airport. The closest airport to Patiala is the domestic airport located in Chandigarh which is at a distance of 68 Kms. Chandigarh airport is well connected with all major cities of India with regular flights from New Delhi, Mumbai and other metropolitan cities.



By Rail:

Travelling to Patiala by rail from other important cities could be a problem for some travelers as the city does not lie on the main New Delhi – Amritsar railway network line. Pataila does have a dedicated broad gauge railway station but due to its geographic location, the city remains loosely connected on the railroad map of India. From New Delhi travelers willing to visit Patiala can take New Delhi-Bhatinda Inter City Express or the Shatabdi Express to Ambala, and then hire a taxi for the drive to Patiala.


Overview

Patiala is the erstwhile princely state of Punjab located in the Malwa region. It is one of the cities of Punjab. The city of Patiala has a rich cultural and historic importance. Patiala is known as the City of Gardens and there are several magnificent palaces tracing the rich heritage of Punjab.

 

Patiala brings a sense of balance between the rich heritage and the modern day India. It is also one of the rapidly growing industrial centers of Punjab. Patiala offers a unique blend of modern and traditional Punjabi attire with the ‘paranda’ and the famous ‘Patiala Salwars’ which have become a landmark in women fashion. Patiala also has an underground jeep culture with the young and the old romancing the bygone era of jeep and multi utility vehicles.

 

Tourists can experience ta traditional as well as a colourful Indian culture in this city. There are many things to do in Patiala like visiting forts, palaces and antiques, tasting the rich and spicy Punjabi cuisine and a great shopping. The Phulkari works, punjabi juttis, spicy pickles from Achaar bazaar are all the unique experiences in Patiala.

 

Eating out in Patiala is quite a treat as there are many little restaurants and dhabas while you get the most delicious food. The most famous drink of Patiala is arguably the Lassi but Patiala is more famous for its introduction of the Patiala peg to the spirit lovers of the world. Patiala is famous for the Patiala peg which is served as a 90 ml whiskey drink across the bars of the world.

 

Patiala also has adequate budget and luxury hotels catering to the needs of all kinds of tourists and travelers making it a perfect holiday destination in Punjab. One can also plan towards Kasauli and Shimla from Patiala.