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Patiala is a large city in the state of Punjab. It is the fourth largest state and is also the administrative capital of Patiala district. The city is famous for its traditional culture. Patiala is a royal place and its shows in its culture and traditions. Patiala Peg, turban and other clothes are some well-known things about the city. There are some popular tourist attractions like the Qila Mubarak Complex, Gurudwaras, Kali Mandir and more. There are also some sporting places and venues along with some beautiful gardens worth seeing.

History of Patiala

The Patiala state was formed in 1763 by Baba Ala Singh who was a chief in Jat Sikh Community. He set the foundation of Patiala Fort aka Qila Mubarak. The city of Patiala is named after the Patiala Fort. the land of Patiala has witnessed several battles amongst several empires to own it. Some of them are Afghan Durrani Empire, the Maratha Empire and the Sikh Empire. 

Places to visit in Patiala

Qila Mubarak. The Qila Mubarak is one of the most rampant fort cum palaces which is built in the Sikh Palace as well as the architectural style. For all the history buffs, this place is more or less like heaven to visit with.

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Sheesh Mahal. The literal transformation of the word would be the “Palace of Mirrors”. This place was built as a part of the Old Moti Bagh Palace in the 19th century. For the people who like to travel around this is the kind of place which they should be visiting with their loved ones.

Baradari Gardens. The Baradari Gardens are located in the north of the Old Patiala city which is located near Sheranwala Gate. Built during the reign of Maharaja Rajinder Singh this place houses a lot of rare trees, shrubs and flowers along with with with the graces the presence of the colonial.

Things to do in Patiala

Lachman Jhoola. It is basically a beautiful suspension bridge which has been across a small and artificial lake in Patiala. More or less, it is a replica of the famous Lakshman Jhoola which is situated at Rishikesh. Furthermore, what is quite interesting to know is the fact that this bridge is a repository for the stuffed animals. When you visit this bridge it is exciting to feel the bounce of it standing right there in the middle of it.

Moti Bagh Palace. The Moti Bagh Palace is one of the best options worth visiting in Patiala. The old quarters in this place were built in the 1840s by the Maharaja of Patiala. More or less, it was expanded in the year of 1920s under the supervision of the Sir Ganga Ram during the reign of the Maharaja Bhupinder Singh. You simply won’t regret visiting this place.

Darbar Hall and Museum. The Darbar Hall & Museum is one of the best destinations to travel to. This charm of this place is such that the section of this museum would make you feel like as if you have been transported back into the royal era of the kings and kingdoms. For art and history admirers this place is more or less heaven.

Events and Festivals in & around Patiala

Baisakhi. Baisakhi is celebrated with full zeal and lots of enthusiasm and is celebrated in the very beginning of the solar year particularly in the Sikh community. This festival is celebrated with a great amount of zeal and enthusiasm in all of Punjab. Read More

Guru Purab. The festival of Guru Purab is religious in its nature. The processions are carried out for highlighting Guru Nanak Ji’s Birthday. And the whole city can be seen dipping in lights on this festival. The vibrant charm of this festival is out and out amazing to explore in its subtle nuances. 

Chhapar Mela. The Chappar Mela is celebrated in the village of Chhapar which is situated in the district of Ludhiana in India on an annual basis. And this Meal is specifically held in the memory of Gugga Pir and is quite a spectacular festival which is celebrated in all of Punjab. Read More

Best time to visit Patiala

The best season to visit Patiala is the winter season. The months in which you should be visiting this city are from October to February.

How to Reach Patiala?

By Air. Patiala airport is not operational, the nearest airport is at Chandigarh International Airport. The airport is just 64.4 kilometres away from Patiala. The airport is well-connected to cities like Amritsar, Delhi, Mumbai, Banglore, Leh. The regular flights are ensured by renowned airline services such as Air India, Jagson Airlines, Jet Airways, Kingfisher Airlines and many more. 

By Rail. Patiala has its own railway station named Patiala Railway Station. The railway station is well-connected to major cities such as Ambala, Barmar, Bathinda, Haridwar, Amritsar, Delhi by Sgnr Intercity, Asr Dr Express, Bme HW Link Express, Hw Bme Link Express, Sgnr HW Express etc.

By Road. The road connectivity of Patiala is well-developed. So, if you are planning on a road trip from nearby cities, it will be a safe and convenient option. It is usually an easy road trip from Delhi to Patiala. The distance is just 230 kilometres which are connected via National Highway 44. 

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