Patiala, Punjab, India        

Founded in 1763 as the capital of the princely state of Patiala, it was merged with independent India in 1948, and the district became part of the reorganized Punjab state in 1966. It is a trade and industrial centre; weaving, cotton ginning, distilling, and manufacturing are among its industries (source: Encyclopedia Britannica.)  Part of the former palace of the Patiala monarchs is open to visitors. Though in a poor state of repair, it is still quite impressive. Its Durbar hall is now a museum that includes weapons, chandeliers, 1900s motorcars, and more.  [- Sep 06]

Dukh Niwaran Sahib (more)

Inside the Gurdwara

Arms in the center (more)

Mother and son

Nihang Sikh (more)

Punjabi bride

Railway crossing


Qila Mubarak

Durbar hall (close-up)

Inside the Durbar hall

Dates from 1763 CE (1, 2)

Crumbling facade (more)

First gate (inside view)

Quila Androon walls (1, 2, 3)

Second gate

Ruins (1, 2, 3)

Peek inside Quila Androon

Sample paintings

Side walls of Durbar hall

Outside Qila Mubarak

Moti Bagh Palace

Moti bagh palace

Side view

Suspension bridge

Bad state of repair


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