You must have heard of ‘Patiala salwar’, ‘Patiala peg’ traditional patiala jutti and turban. Yes, we are talking about some of the highly popular things about the Patiala city, which is situated in the culturally opulent city of Punjab. With its architectural prodigies and cultural legacy, Patiala is said to be a magnificent city where people are affable large-hearted and quite friendly. Among the various traditions of Patiala, Indian classical music is the most popular and who doesn’t know about the Patiala Gharana that is well-known for its rich musical inheritance. Apart from music, this city of Punjab has also birthed some famous personalities pf today like cricketers Mohinder Amarnah and Navjot Singh Sidhu, actors Om Puri and Jimmy Shergill singer Harbhajan Mann. The famous astronaut, Rakesh Sharma was also born in this heritage city.
This famous sikh shrine is called ‘Dukh Niwaran’, which means ‘eradicator of miseries’. Situated in Lehal, a small village in Patiala city, this shrine is known for its ‘sarovar’ (water tank) located inside the shrine. People of Patiala have great conviction in the sanctified water of sarovar, which is believed to have ‘healing powers’. Sikh Guru used to sit in this shrine and in his memory, Raja Amar Singh of Patiala had laid out a beautiful garden inside the shrine. The place is now a preferred tourists place in Patiala.
Being a part of old Moti Bagh complex, this ‘Place of Mirrors’ known as Sheesh Mahal has an opulent ambiance that attracts lost of tourists. Several murals, created under the reign of Maharaja Narinder Singh, enhances the beauty of the palace. Artifacts and paintings from Kashmir, Punjab and Tibet are worth seeing here. Moreover, you can view 3200 amazing medals inside the palace, which had been bought from various countries for display. Sheesh Mahal is a museum ehere you can watch and appreciate exciting heritage stuff.
Moti Bagh palace in Patiala has now been transformed into a museum and National Sports Institute. An artificial lake adds to the beauty of the palace, which has a crossing bridge that hangs. The bridge reminiscent to the Haridwar’s hanging ‘Lakshman Jhoola’.
Built over 10 acres, The Quila Mubarak was built in the year 1763. It’s a huge complex, which overlooks the walled city of Patiala. Quila Androon and Durbar Hall are the significant halls inside the Quila with large getaways. Inside the hall, the walls are adorned with ancient arms and armours comprising daggers and ancient swords. Almost all weapons belonged to Guru Gobind Singh except one customary sword that belonged to Nadir Shah. Twenty feet huge collection of chandeliers made up of Belgian glass is enough to radiate the interior of the Quila Mubarak.
Located in the northern side of old Patiala city, these gardens boasts off with expansive flora including rare sherbs, trees and flowers. In the middle of the Gardens, there is a huge marble-made statue of Maharaja Rajinder Singh. With the backdrop of beautiful colonial buildings, the Baradari gardens offer panoramic view of greenery that is the highlight of Patiala city.