Tourist Places in Patiala

July 3, 2011 Sushant Tourist Places

Patiala is a relatively young, two centuries old city of an erstwhile princely State which boasts of a robust cultural mix of Rajput, Mughal and Punjabi traditions. This city presents a beautiful bouquet of lifestyle which is so very connected to the royalty. It is the divisional headquarters of Malwa region which has the largest number of districts in reorganized Punjab.

Tourist Places in Patiala Baba Ala Singh set up an independent principality of Patiala in 1714 and was designated a Maharaja, by the powerful Afghan, Ahmad Shah Abdali. Ala built the Quila Mubarak around which grew the present city of Patiala. Thereafter, each descendant contributed to the expansion of the princely state and adding to its glory by way of an evolving form of architecture, town planning, art and culture. Hence, Patiala tourism has their hands full in promoting such rich history and heritage. Today there are several places of interest for a visitor to the city namely-

Amongst the tourist places in Patiala, Qila Mubarak is one of the prime places of visit. The present Fort which is divided into two parts- one, the Qila Androon, the interior portion, was built by Ala Singh, while the other i.e., the Qila Androon was built by Maharaja Karam Singh. The Darbar Hall is now converted into a mini museum where rare arms and armours including a sword of Nadir Shah known as ‘Shikar Gah’ are on display. There is a precious collection of tree-like chandeliers made of Bohemian cut-glass emitting prism like radiant colours. For those interested in metallurgy and guns, a visit to the Cannon Park within the premises of the Qila Mubarak is an experience of life time. The murals inside the palaces are a rare specimen of the Kangra and Rajasthan regions. .

Moti Bagh Palace is an architectural landmark constructed in 1847 by Maharaja Narendra Singh and was designed in the pattern of Shalimar Gardens, Lahore with terraces and water channels. This palace today houses the Netaji Subhas Institute of Sports.

Sheesh Mahal and Museum of Maharaja Narendra Singh who was a great patron of literature, music and fine arts. Painters from Kangra and Rajasthan have painted the walls of Sheesh Mahal. The museum displays miniature paintings and Tibetan works of art, exquisite wood carvings and a large number of Burmese and Kashmiri carved objects. It has preserved the Janamsakhi and Jain manuscripts. The Sheesh Mahal has on display the largest number of medals and decorations in the world, numbering 3,200.The Order of the Garter(England) of 1348 A.D., The Order of the White Elephant (Thailand)are part of the collection of Maharaja Bhupinder Singh. His son Maharaja Yadvindra Singh gifted the entire collection to the Punjab Government Museum.

Government Mohindra College was set up by the Maharaja in 1870 and was the first such centre of learning in the northern region.

Baradari Gardens is situated to the north of the city of Patiala and contains a Palace and the gardens which have the rarest collection of trees and plants which fancied the Crown Prince of the time.

Bahadurgarh Fort was named to commemorate the holy memory of Guru Tegh Bahadur who visited the place at the invitation of another holy person Saif Khan. The two shared great mutual respect. The latter was a relative of the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb, who became a hermit and was buried here.

A casual visitor to Patiala is assured of becoming a great admirer of its people who have converted this city to one of “quiet excitement”.

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