Patiala is known as the city of forts and gardens; with its intricate and beautiful works of art, the bright colors of the gardens and the beauty of its temples and the royal residence of Qila Mubarak make the city of Punjab very interesting to visit
Patiala is known as the city of forts and gardens; with its intricate and beautiful works of art, the bright colors of the gardens and the beauty of its temples and the royal residence of Qila Mubarak make the city of Punjab very interesting to visit.
These classically designed forts have a unique architecture that amalgamates local style with Rajput architecture.
The Qila Mubarak located in the heart of the city was the resident of the royals of Patiala before Old Moti Bagh Palace.
The Baradari Gardens is one more attraction for its colorful array of flowers and house of royal resident, cricket stadium, and a skating ground.
The Sheesh Mahal is a work of art, famous for its mirror work and the lake nearby adds to its beauty. The Gurdwara Dukh Nivaran Sahib and the Gurdwara Moti Bagh Sahib are important religious destinations dedicated to the Sikh Guru - Guru Teg Bahadur. The food in the local joints is a delight to the taste buds.
Gurdwara Dukh Niwaran
Gurdwara Dukh Niwaran stands this gurdwara, credited with healing powers thanks to a miraculous cure carried out by Sikh Guru Tegh Bahadur in 1672. It is said that visitors are relieved of their earthly sufferings and sorrows.
Kali Temple is a popular religious destination for Hindus. Dedicated to Goddess Kali this temple was built by Maharaja Bhupinder Singh of the Patiala royal family in 1936.
The six-foot idol of Kali Devi is black in color and seen in standing position inside the gold plated sanctum. Being the ferocious form of Goddess Durga, Kali Devi is seen with blood shot eyes, open mouth and a drooping tongue, with a bent sword and a human head in her hand.
Built entirely in white marble, this temple is also known for its beautiful architecture.
The walls of the temple have beautiful murals and frescoes depicting the stories from Hindu epics and mythological stories.
It was built in a mughal style in 1876 by Rajinder singh. Baradari gardens are in the north of Patiala city. It is situated in the outer part of Sheranwala Gate. Baradari gardens were constructed near the Baradari palace. Baradari palace was a residence of Emperor Rajinder Singh.
He brought rare species of trees and flowers from different places and planted them in this garden. The big fruit trees the Fern House and the Rock Garden shows his interest towards nature.
The Baradari Palace is today a warehouse of important historical documents.
Lachman Jhoola is a beautiful suspension bridge built across a small artificial lake in Patiala. It is a replica of the famous Lakshman Jhoola at Rishikesh.
Lachman Jhoola actually links the Sheesh Mahal or the Palace of Mirrors with the Banasar Ghar which is a repository for stuffed animals. The bridge is a wonder by its construction. It is exciting to feel the bounce and the breeze standing at the middle of the jhoola overlooking the lake waters below.
Graced by two wedding-cake towers and an ornamental suspension bridge, Sheesh Mahal is one of Punjab's more striking buildings.
Inside the lavishly decorated interior is a gallery displaying royal treasures including paintings, coins and various finely crafted objects of art. The tree-shaded parks fronting the mansion boast exquisite marble statues, including a larger-than-life 1903 sculpture of Queen Victoria by British sculptor Francis Derwent Wood.
Qila Mubarak Complex
Baba Ala Singh, the founder of the Patiala Royal dynasty, built Qila Mubarak, at the heart of Patiala City.
The fort was a rare and outstanding example of Sikh palace architecture.
The Qila Mubarak fort-cum-palace complex is spread over a vast area of 10 acres. The complex consists of Guest House (Ran Baas) and Darbar Hall (Divan Khana) besides Quila Androon. The fort also has an underground sewerage system.
The Darbar Hall here displays rare cannons, swords, shields, maces, daggers of Guru Gobind Singh and sword of Nadir Shah.
However, the 250-old fort is in bad shape now.
The restoration work has been undertaken to restore its former glory.
Moti Bagh Palace and Museum
With 15 dining halls, the massive Moti Bagh Palace was counted amongst one of the largest residences in Asia.
The complex boasts a large artificial lake over which lay a hanging bridge. It was modelled on Rishikesh's Lakshman Jhoola. In the complex lies Sheesh Mahal Museum, which is a repository of art and culture.
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