Patiala is a city in southeastern Punjab, in northern India. It is the fourth largest city in the state and is the administrative capital of Patiala district. Patiala is located around the Qila Mubarak (the Fortunate Castle). It was constructed by militiamen Sardar Lakhna and Baba Ala Singh in 1763. In popular culture, the city remains famous for its traditional Patiala Shahi turban, paranda, patiala salwar, jutti Patiala peg. If you are in Patiala then visit the places mentioned below for sure.
Famous for its huge trees, the fern house, and the rock garden Baradari Garden is a perfect place for nature lovers. Situated just outside the Sheranwala Gate in the north of the city it is a very famous tourist spot. It is built around the Baradari Palace of the then crown Prince Rajinder Singh. As the Prince was a die-hard nature lover, he bought a variety of saplings of rare trees and planted them in the garden.
The Qila Mubarak complex is a rampant fort cum palace built in Sikh Palace architectural style- a derivative of Mughal and Rajput style of architecture in India. It is a very famous tourist spot in Patiala which stands in the 10-acre ground with the main palace, guest house and the Darbar Hall in the heart of the city.
Kali Devi Mandir
Located at Mall Road of Patiala, Kali Devi Temple is a popular religious place of both Hindus and Sikhs. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Kali and draws a lot of pilgrims every year who come to seek divine blessings for eternal happiness. Its most treasured possession is a collection of manuscript leaves which is believed to be written by the revered Rishi Vyas, the author of the Indian epic Mahabharata. It is said that these manuscripts were brought here by Maharaja Narendra Singh from the Badri Narayan Temple in Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh.
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 in the middle of the jhoola overlooking the lake waters below.
Sheesh Mahal is a wonderful place in Patiala to visit. The Mahal is a part of the Old Moti Bagh Palace which was made by Maharajas in the 19th century. A lake in front of the palace adds more to the beauty. The Mahal was designed by Narendra Singh in 1847. Please note – Photo may not be of Patiala.
Jalau Khana and Sard Khana
Jalau Khana and Sard Khana are two palaces at the end of Quila Mubarak Complex in Patiala. Jalau Khana (Exhibition Palace) is a two-story building meant for exhibiting badges and other artifacts of the Royal family of Patiala. Sard Khana used to be the summer residence of Patiala rulers and later of the British Administrators. Jalau Khas and Sard Khas are very close to Patiala railway station and bus stand from where autos and taxis are available to these sites. October to March is the best time to visit this destination.