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Patiala

Qila Mubarak Complex:

Qila Mubarak is one of the well-known tourist attractions of Patiala. Built in 1764, by Maharaja Ala Singh, the Qila Mubarak fort was originally built as a temporary mud fort and was converted into a ‘pacca qilla’ after the successful conquest of Sirhind. The Qila Mubarak complex is located in a 10 acre complex in the heart of Patiala. The complex apart from the main fort known as Qila Androon or the inner fort holds a prominent guesthouse known as Ran Baas and the Darbar Hall holds various historical artifacts including the sword of invader Nadir Shah. The architectural mannerism of Qila Mubarak and Qila Androon is a fusion of the Mughal and Rajasthani period.

 

Darbar Hall (Divan Khana):

This big hall of Qila Androon is converted into a museum displaying displaying several royal artifacts including dazzling chandeliers, armors, swords and daggers etc. The wooden frame work of the Hall’s ceiling is decorated with tile made of Plaster-of Paris which are painted in Arabic style.

 

Kali Mata Mandir:  

The ancient Kali Mata Mandir located in the heart of Patiala city is one of the most important religious landmarks of the city attracting devotees from across the world. This shrine was declared as a national monument for its architecture and design. Several stunning sceneries and mural paintings are carved out on the walls of the temple.

 

Baradari Gardens:  

The Baradari Gardens are a famous landmark in the city of Patiala. The Gardens were built under the watchful eye of Maharaja Rajindera Singh and is home to extensive rare trees and shrubs. The Gardens are dotted with impressive colonial buildings and are located just off the famous Baradari palace, which was the official residence of the Maharaja of Patiala.

 

Sheesh Mahal:  

Sheesh Mahal, or the Palace of Mirrors, is one of the popular tourist attractions of Patiala. The Sheesh Mahal with its mirror art work and glass panels is known for its spectacular beauty. It perfectly reflects the flamboyant grandeur of the royal Maharajas of Patiala. The Sheesh Mahal now houses a museum, an art gallery, the famed medal gallery which holds 3200 rare medals collected from different nations from 12th century to 20th century.

 

Lachman Jhoola:  

Across the small Lake in front of Sheesh Mahal lies the Lachman Jhoola built as a replica of the famous Lakshman Jhoola at Rishikesh. Built as a suspension bridge, the Lachman Jhoola in Patiala links the Sheesh Mahal with the Banasar Ghar on the other side of the lake.

 

Moti Bagh Palace:  

The Moti Bagh Palace of Patiala is one of the most visited landmarks in the city. This magnificent palace was structured in the design of Shalimar Gardens of Lahore with terraces, water channels, massive stone-walls, arched openings and domes. The Old Moti Bagh Palace now houses the National Institute for Sports while a New Moti Bagh Palace built close to the Moti Bagh palace serves as residence of erstwhile royal family of Pataila.

 

Gurudwara Dukhniwaran Sahib:  

The Dukh Niwaran Sahib Gurudwara is a popular Sikh shrine located near the city center of Patiala. This Gurudwara is renowned for the visit of ninth Sikh Guru - Sri Tegh Bahadur. The legend is that anyone who prays at this Gurudwara is relieved of his all suffering or dukhniwaran in Punjabi. The Gurudwara has a huge sacred Sarovar and devotees throng from far and wide to take a holy dip in the sarovar on festival of Basant Panchami festival every year.

 

Kali Temple:

This huge temple complex with a 6-ft statue of Goddess Kali attracts several Hindu and Sikh devotees to Patiala.

 

Mall Road:

TheMall road close to Baradari is a vibrant road with, fountains beautiful paved walkways, entertainment spots, temples and marvelous structures. The Rajendra Tank located on its side is an artificial lake with boating facilities.

 

Bir Moti Bagh:

This 1,600-acred forest on the outskirts of Patiala was once a hunting preserve of the Maharajas. Parts of this Bagh are converted to a zoo and a deer park. There is also a pilot project here on medicinal plants.