Patiala is nestled in the southeast of the golden land. Situated in the Malwa region, it is the fourth largest city in the state of Punjab.
Updated: September 29, 2019
Patiala is nestled in the southeast of the golden land. Situated in the Malwa region, it is the fourth largest city in the state of Punjab. It is a princely state founded by Baba Ala Singh from the Sidhu Dynasty and also the capital of PEPSU (Punjab and East Punjab States Union). It has strong historic and cultural roots, surrounded by architectural marvels and cultural heritage.
Patiala is home to palaces like the Moti Bagh Palace built in 1847, Quila Androon, Rang Mahal and Sheesh Mahal, all known for their architectural marvel. Patiala is also famous for its colourful clothes and dresses.
The Qila Mubarak complex is a rampart fort cum palace built in Sikh Palace architectural style. It is a derivative of Mughal and Rajput style of architecture in India which was built by Maharaja Ala Singh in 1764. The whole complex comprises of various sections including Ran Baas (guest house), Darbar Hall, Qila Androon, with an underground sewerage system within the Qila, and Qila Bahadurgah.
Sheesh Mahal which literally mean the Palace of Mirror was built as a part of the Old Moti Bagh Palace in the 19th century. There are a lot of frescoes, mostly made under the reign of Maharaja Narinder Singh.
There is a lake in front of this palace along with a bridge called Lakshman Jhula. There is also a museum along with this palace as well which has the largest collection of medals from the world.
Baradari Gardens, located north of Old Patiala city nearby Sheranwala Gate was built during the time of Maharaja Rajinder Singh. It houses a lot of rare trees, shrubs and flowers along which graces the presence of colonial buildings.
There is also a statue of Maharaja Rajinder Singh in the garden.
Other places to visit in Patiala include Gurudwara Dukhniwaran Sahib, Ijlas-e Khas, Jalau Khana and Sard Khana, Lachman Jhoola, Maiji Di Sarai, Panj Bali Gurdwara, Rajindera Kothi, Rang Mahal, Kali Temple and Shahi Samadhan.
Patiala peg is a worldwide popularised term, a slosh of rough and ready drink made by adding liquor to water and drunk directly afterwards.