The Best Places to Visit in Patiala

Patiala, nestled in Punjab, beautifully combines Mughal, Sikh and Rajput cultures. Explore stunning monuments and lush gardens as you discover the best places to visit in Patiala with us in this blog.

Qila Mubarak Complex

What better way to begin your tour than at the very place where the city's history all began? Patiala, as a whole, was built around the Qila Mubarak Complex and is the most famous among the Patiala tourist places. Constructed by Sidhu Jat ruler Baba Ala Singh in 1763, it was initially known as a 'Kachigarhi', which translates to a mud fort. Over time, it underwent development under the rule of several prominent leaders, with Maharaja Amar Singh being a noteworthy figure, as he expanded the Qila Androon, the interior section of the Qila. Qila Mubarak boasts an impressive 13 royal chambers, adorned with captivating paintings in the Patiala art style, depicting Hindu mythology. For cultural enthusiasts, it offers a museum showcasing a rare collection of weaponry, including cannons, swords, shields, and other war artifacts. If you are passionate about history, this is the place to visit.

Qila Mubarak Fort Miage

Bir Moti Bhag Wild Life Sanctuary Animal

Bir Moti Bhag Wildlife Sanctuary

The Bir is a 1600-acre forest on the outskirts of Patiala that encompasses the Bhir Moti Bhag wildlife sanctuary. Bir Moti Bhag is the sanctuary for a variety of animals, including Indian hare, blackbuck, wild boar, Indian porcupine and Indian grey mongoose, as well as birds like the common black francolin, Indian eagle owl, spotted owlet and peafowl. Besides its incredible wildlife, it features serene lakes and lush forests. It is a must-visit for wildlife enthusiasts, especially in October when you can witness migratory birds, making it a picturesque experience.

Gurudwara Dukh Niwaran Sahib

According to a historical document, Gurudwara Dukh Niwaran Sahib has a rich history. During a disease outbreak, Guru Tegh Bahadur's visit and stay near a lake were believed to cure the village. The gurudwara now stands at this sacred spot, and some still believe in its healing properties. The gurudwara spans over two acres with a beautiful black and white marble floor leading to the shrine of the banyan tree under which the Guru sat. On the way to the shrine, you get to see the extraordinary ceilings with floral designs and doomed-shaped chambers at the corners. The gurudwara also comprises a sarovar, which is believed to have healing properties.

Gurudwara Dukh Niwaran Sahib Image

Baradari Gardens Image

Baradari Gardens

Bara refers to twelve, and dar refers to doors in Punjabi, which is signified by the 12 doorways surrounding the entrance to this beautiful park. It was built by Maharaja Rajinder Singh in the 18th century, who filled the garden with rare species of flowers, plants and trees. For those who cherish nature, the enchanting fern houses and rock gardens will be a delightful experience. Towering trees and a diverse assortment of colourful flowers in the rock garden will undoubtedly ignite your passion for the natural world. Indulge in a relaxed picnic near the central dome tower in the evening to witness a breathtaking sunset behind it.

Shri Kali Devi Mandir

If you're at the Baradari Gardens, we suggest your next stop be Shri Kali Devi Mandir, built by Maharaja Bhupinder Singh in 1936. It is conveniently situated right opposite the Baradari Gardens. Get enchanted by the enormous six-foot-tall statue of the goddess Kali and the magnificent prayers being offered to her. The goddess's statue is a remarkable piece of architectural finesse, carved from black stone. It features her distinctive bloodshot eyes and four arms, with a human head in one hand and a sword in another. The most recommended offerings to the goddess are sweets, mustard oil, lentils, bangles, scarves, coconuts, goats, hens and liquor. The temple is also known for its structural beauty, which earned it the status of a national monument.

Shri Kali Devi Mandir Image

As we conclude our list of best places in Patiala to visit, we suggest exploring another iconic destination: The Baradari Palace. Conveniently located just 500 metres from the Baradari Gardens and 700 metres from Shri Kali Devi Mandir, it offers a royal experience in its well-appointed rooms. The palace is also an exquisite choice for hosting weddings, providing a regal fort-like setting.

Additionally, if you're interested in shopping within the city during your stay at our hotel, we've prepared a helpful guide in our blog.