Baradari Gardens are located in the north of the old Patiala city. As the name suggests, it has twelve doors, each an entrance. The garden was constructed near the Baradari Palace, which was initially the residence of Emperor Rajinder Singh. He planted rare varieties of trees and flowers in this garden.
Presently, the Baradari Palace boasts of a collection of important historical documents. Having a marble statue of Rajinder Singh, these gardens are loved by people of all age groups.
Qila Mubarak Complex, an ideal example of Sikh palace architecture, is one of the prominent tourist attractions of the city. The entire city of Patiala has grown around the Qila Mubarak Complex. Built by Maharaja Ala Singh in 1764, this complex was the residence of Patiala royals, until the construction of the Old Moti Bagh Palace. The complex was originally constructed as a mud fort or kachi garhi in an area of around 10 acres and then reconstructed as a pakka qila.
The complex is segregated into two parts - the inner part, called the Qila Androon and the outer part, called the Darbar Hall. The Darshani Gate, Shiva Temple and shops selling traditional ornaments and clothes catch the attention of tourists. The architecture of this palace is a perfect blend of the late Mughal and Rajasthani styles.
Sheesh Mahal was built by Maharaja Narendra Singh in 1847, behind the Moti Bagh Palace and was the residential palace of the maharajas of Patiala. This edifice is also known as the Palace of Mirrors because of its appealing coloured glass and mirror work. Adding to the beauty, the mahal has a lake in the front and a bridge across the lake, commonly known as Lakshman Jhula.
The mahal has a museum, which has the largest collection of medals from different parts of the globe. Beautiful and detailed artwork, carved over walls and ceilings, demonstrates the hard work of artists from Rajasthan and Kangra. Every year, many cultural programmes and heritage festivals are organised in the Sheesh Mahal.
The Abohar Wildlife Sanctuary is a place where nature can be witnessed in its most expressive form. The area was declared a Wildlife Sanctuary in 2000, under the Wildlife Protection Act 1972. The sanctuary consists of 13 revenue villages, and is inhabited by the Bishnoi community.
The Wildlife Area has tropical dry mixed deciduous forest, which is inhabited by several varieties of animals. The Black Buck Deer are found in plenty and freely roam even in domestic neighbourhood. Tourists can also spot porcupine, nilgai, wild boar, jackal and various other animals.
Budhlada is located on Bathinda-Delhi rail line and is around 25 km away from the city of Mansa. Named after the two khatri brothers, Budha and Ladha, it was earlier a part of the Kaithal state, before getting annexed by the British. A noteworthy Gurudwara Brahm Bunga is located in Dodra which is about 10 km from Budhlada. People from near and far attend the three main samagams (meetings) held here, for spiritual enhancement. Bathinda is about 80 km from Budhlada.
The Damdama Sahib is situated about a kilometre towards the west of Hargobindpur. This is supposed to be the place where Guru Harogobind-ji rested and relaxed after his victory in the war of Rohila. There is also a connecting bridge over the river Beas connecting Hargobindpur with Hoshiarpur district and Jullundhar district.
Golden Temple, also known as Sri Harmandir Sahib, is one of the most prominent spots in the country visited by millions of devotees all year round. Located in Amritsar, this holy site was originally built in 16th century by the 5th Sikh guru, Guru Arjan Dev Ji. In the early 19th century, Maharaja Ranjit Singh covered the upper floors of the gurdwara with 400 kg of gold leaf, which gives it its anglicised name, the Golden Temple.
The two-storeyed marble structure of the gurdwara is surrounded by a large tank of holy water, known as Amrit Sarovar. Adi Granth, the holy scripture of Sikhism, is kept within its sacred precincts during the day. The Golden Temple has four entrances that signify human brotherhood and equality. Considered sacred by Sikhs, this holy abode is certainly a must-visit for national and international travellers visiting Amritsar.
Gurudwara Fatehgarh Sahib, situated on the Sirhind-Morinda Road, is an important religious venue for Sikhs. It is believed that in the year 1704, Sahibzada Fateh Singh and Sahibzada Zorawar Singh, sons of Guru Gobind Singh Ji, were bricked alive as per the order of Wazir Khan, the Faujdar of Sirhind.
This Gurudwara was built to commemorate their sacrifice. The inner complex of the Gurudwara houses many famous structures, such as Gurudwara Bhora Sahib, Gurudwara Burj Mata Gujri, Gurudwara Shahid Ganj, Todar Mal Jain Hall and Sarovar.
The entrance gate is constructed using white stones and leads to a white marble pathway. The main building of the Gurudwara boasts of typical Sikh architecture with white stone structures and golden domes.
The annual festival of Shaheedi Jor Mela is celebrated in the month of December to commemorate the sacrifice of these martyrs. The serenity and peacefulness rubs on to tourists and provides them a chance to view a truly historic site.
Gurudwara Sri Darbar Sahib is located in Dera Baba Nanak in Gurdaspur. It is built to commemorate the first Sikh guru - Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji. It is believed that Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji visited this place after returning from his first preaching tour or Udasi in 1515. Guru Ji had come to meet his family - Mata Sulakhni (his wife), Baba Sri Chand (son) and Baba Lakhmi Chand (son).
Gurudwara Tahli Sahib Nawanshahr, built in the memory of Baba Shri Chand - son of Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji, is situated at a distance of 10 km from Rahon Railway Station. It is believed that Baba Shri Chand Ji stayed and meditated here for 40 days.
An old Shisham Tree (Tahli) exists here, which is said to have been planted by Baba Shri Chand Ji himself. It is located at about 1 km from Garhshankar road in Nawanshahr.
Hydraulic Research Station is famous for the various models of dams and irrigation projects displayed here. Travellers are sure to be amazed at the engineering techniques used for the construction of these dams and irrigation projects. It is situated in Malikpur, around 7 km away from Pathankot. A comprehensive description and detailing is provided to tourists who wish to gather more information regarding these models.
Jagatjit Palace, popularly known as the Sainik School, was built by HRH Maharaja Jagatjit Singh, the king of Kapurthala, between 1900 and 1908. Designed by the French architect M. Marcel and built by Allah Ditta, it fairly resembles palaces of Versailles and Fontainebleau. Its elaborate figures and decorative ceilings are reminders of the renaissance style of French architecture.
The great Durbar Hall (Diwan-e-Khas) and Sunken Park (Baija) at the front are sure to capture the attention of tourists. Talented European and Indian craftsmen were called to decorate the exceptionally beautiful interiors of the palace. It also boasts of antique artworks brought from countries like France, Italy and Holland.
Kartarpur Gurdwara, built by Shri Guru Hargobind Sahib Ji, is located 16 km northwest of Jalandhar city in Kartarpur. Each year, a fair is organised to commemorate the birth anniversary of the Guru.
Visitors can see remains of a Chaubacha (water storage well), which previously had fully functional fountains. This gurdwara is known otherwise as Shri Chaubacha Shahib. This is also the place where Shri Guru Hargobind Sahib Ji used to play chess with Jarnail Painde Khan.
Kiratpur Sahib is a town known for its glorious past and sacred gurdwaras. Gurdwara Patalpuri, where Sikhs immerse ashes of the deceased, is the most renowned landmark of this place. The sixth Sikh guru - Guru Hargobind Sahib Ji - established this place in 1627. It is also the birthplace of Guru Har Rai and Guru Harkrishan. The head of Guru Sri Tegh Bahadur, the ninth Guru, was brought here after he was executed by Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb in Delhi.
At this site, Gurudwara Babangarh Sahib was built. Gifted with a long life of almost 800 years (as per legends), Pir Buddan Shah - a Muslim saint - is also associated with this town. Apart from gurdwaras, this place also has some famous temples and dargahs. It is just 17 km north of Rupnagar on the Nangal-Rupnagar-Chandigarh Road (National Highway 21).
Maharaja Ranjit Singh War Museum was established in the year 1999 by the Punjab Government as a tribute to gallant soldiers. It is located on GT Road (Ludhiana–Amritsar Highway) and is around 6.7 km away from Ludhiana Railway Station. There is a large statue of Maharaja Ranjit Singh at the entrance of the museum.
On the sides of the statue, visitors can find old weapons along with a massive model of INS Vikrant. Light and sound shows are organised at the museum as well. Visitors can see several portraits of Punjabis who have received prestigious bravery awards like Paramvir Chakra, Mahavir Chakra and Vir Chakra. Uniforms of the Indian defence forces from the British era are also displayed here.