Patiala—the name itself is synonymous with the larger-than-life attitude that characterizes the city. Indeed, the regal legacy, the flamboyant spirit and the rich culture, everything about the city resonates a unique and all-encompassing grandeur
The many splendid reminders of its glorious past grace the cityscape, endowing it with a nostalgic charm. Yet, it is only moving through its busy markets and secluded neighborhoods that you can experience the city in its entirety. Here you encounter an endearing city bursting with warmth and thronged with a flurry of colorful pagris and parandas.One of the largest cities in the state, Patiala is located in the south-eastern region of Punjab. A renowned princely state in the pre-independence period, it was founded in the 18th century by Baba Ala Sigh. The city flourished in cultural and architectural fields during the reign of Maharaja Bhupinder Singh, in the early 20th century. Today, with its rich culture and heritage, it promises to be a wonderful destination for travelers.A city of numerous delights, Patiala has something in store for every traveler. With the many historical monuments spread throughout the city, it is an ideal destination for history enthusiasts. The many architectural masterpieces located here give you a glimpse of its erstwhile grandeur. Also, known for its spiritual legacy, Patiala was one of the sites where the Sikh community flourished. Take a tour around the city’s numerous Gurudwaras to get a taste of the lively Sikh culture and religious traditions.Visit the city during the festive seasons to witness the celebratory spirit that engulfs it. The religious festivals of Baisakhi and Guru Purab are great occasions to explore the colorful folk culture, amid traditional customs and rituals. The Patiala Heritage Festival, held in the month of February, is organized by the Government of Punjab and celebrates the city’s invaluable historical heritage.Housing a number of old markets, such as the Old Qila Mubarak Market and the Sirhindi Gate Market, Patiala is a shoppers' haven. You can shop for numerous wares and artifacts such as hand-woven carpets, fabrics embroidered with traditional Phulkari stitch, colorful Punjabi juttis and so on. Book lovers can shop for literary classics at Arna Barna Chowk’s book market.There are a number of local transport alternatives in Patiala, making it easy to travel within the city. Auto-rickshaws are the most popular means of traveling from one point to another. They can be easily hired from the streets. Cycle-rickshaws are another convenient and cost-effective way of traveling shorter distances within the city. Tourists can also rent private cars from fleet owners for sightseeing and moving around Patiala. Radio taxis are also available and offer a more comfortable way of traveling.Both women as well as men are advised to cover their heads with a scarf while visiting the Gurudwaras around Patiala.Be sure to negotiate the fare in advance before traveling in an auto-rickshaw or taxi as there are no fixed rates
Patiala is not well connected to other major cities of the country via regular flights. The nearest airport is in Chandigarh at a distance of 53kms.
Airports: Chandigarh Airport
You can easily get regular trains to Patiala from other major cities of the country..
Railway Station(s): Patiala