Former princely state, it is ~70km south of Chandigarh or little over one hour drive. Patiala is famous for its Pagri (Turbans), Paranda (tasselled tag for braiding hair), Jutti (Punjab’s unique footwear), and Peg (once you know the size, you can have it anywhere. Just ask the bartender for Patiala Peg 😉 ) Here you can spend couple of hours to shop for local ladies clothes / suits and another couple of them seeing the following:
- Qila Mubarak – Fort made from mud. Go here to see artwork / paintings on the walls. Part of it now houses Museums of traditional and historically important arms and amours. Cannon Park is a treat for metallurgy inclined.
- Moti Bagh Palace – Palace of former King. Part of it houses National Institute of Sports.
- Sheesh Mahal and Museum – Inside Moti Bagh, it has splendid art work and houses another museum – Medal Gallery, housing more than 3,200 medals and decorations, the largest in the world
- Government Mohindra College – Established in 1870 and still operating, it is famous for its architectural excellence. Just go and walk around and have a look at the building. Don’t look too much around while entering, else you may be stopped by the guard for purpose of visit / whom to meet etc. Best to go when gate is crowded i.e. when students leave for home, which should be post 1pm.
You can also undertake the heritage walk tour which will cover many of the above and more. Details of tourism offices and hence walk details can be enquired from here.
Government website – http://www.patiala.nic.in/