A sleepy small town, with narrow streets and enclosed neighborhoods, Batala surprises you with its magnificent age-old structures that embellish an otherwise mundane cityscape. From majestic palaces to sanctimonious Gurudwaras, and imperial churches, the city is truly bejeweled with reminders of its glorious past
Located in the Gurdaspur district of Punjab, it is situated close to the Indo-Pakistan border. Founded by the Rajput Raja Ram Deo in the 15th century, the city changed hands several times, passing from the Rajputs to the Mughals and to the British Raj. Enriched by its history and the diverse communities residing here, Batala is a colorful, multi-cultural blend.Home to a number of historical monuments, Batala is indeed a history lover’s delight. Visit the Maharaja Sher Singh Palace to witness the majestic lifestyle of the erstwhile rulers. The Jal Mahal and Hazira, the tomb of Shamsher Khan, are also important attractions and are exquisite specimens of Mughal art and architecture.In Batala, the places of worship offer more than food for your soul, but are also a treat for your eyes. Visit the popular shrines such as Achleshwar Dham, Kali Dwara Mandir, Achal Sahib Gurudwara, and Gurudwara Kandh Sahib.The bazaars of Batala such as the Zail Ghar Market and Maharaja Market are the ideal locations to experience the local culture up close. You can also shop for souvenirs of ethnic handicrafts and traditional garments.Moving about in Batala is made easy, thanks to the various convenient modes of transport available in the city. City buses connect the major routes in and around the city. Their low cost, makes them the perfect option for budget travelers. Auto-rickshaws can also be hired from the streets. However, private cabs are the best way of traveling in Batala, especially for tourists.Dress in traditional attire and leave shoes outside while visiting a temple or Gurudwaras.Avoid visiting during summer as the heat can be intense
Batala is not well connected to other major cities of the country via regular flights. The nearest airport is in Amritsar at a distance of 38kms.
There is no regular trains to Batala from other major cities of the country. The nearest Railway station is at Amritsar which is located at a distance of 35kms.