Shahi Shehar, City of Gardens
Moti Bagh Palace, Patiala now houses the National Institute of Sports
|Nickname(s): Royal City|
|Founded by||Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji|
|Named for||Baba Ala Singh|
|• Body||Municipal Corporation of Patiala|
|• Mayor||Amarinder Singh Bajaj|
|• Deputy Mayor||Jagdish Chowdhry|
|• Police commissioner||P.S. Gill|
|• Total||131.25 sq mi (339.9 km2)|
|• Metro||1,325 sq mi (3,430 km2)|
|Elevation||1,150 ft (350 m)|
|• Density||5,800/sq mi (2,200/km2)|
|• Metro density||1,400/sq mi (550/km2)|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
|Telephone code||Patiala: 91-(0)175, Rajpura: 91-(0)1762, Samana: 91-(0)1764, Nabha: 91-(0)1765 & Amloh: 91-(0)1768|
|ISO 3166 code||IN-Pb|
|HDI Category||very high|
|The city of Patiala comprises as a Princely State and a Heritage City|
Patiala (Punjabi: ਪਟਿਆਲਾ) is a city in southeastern Punjab, in northern India. It is the fourth largest city in the state and is the administrative capital of Patiala district. Patiala is located around the Qila Mubarak (the Fortunate Castle). It was constructed by militiamen Sardar Lakhna and Baba Ala Singh in 1763. Lakhna stated that "Ala Singh will be sitting ruler while I should be the standing ruler of the state".
Patiala is an Indian National Congress stronghold. In popular culture, the city remains famous for its traditional turban (a type of headgear), paranda (a tasselled tag for braiding hair), patiala salwar (a type of female trousers), jutti (a type of footwear) and Patiala peg (a measure of liquor).
- 1 Geography
- 2 History
- 3 Education
- 4 Tourist attractions
- 5 Sporting venues and gardens
- 6 Governance
- 7 Demographics
- 8 Culture and traditions
- 9 District administration
- 10 Transport
- 11 Entertainment
- 12 Notable people
- 13 Twin towns – Sister cities
- 14 See also
- 15 References
- 16 External links
Patiala is located at  It has an average elevation of 250 metres (820 feet). During the short existence of PEPSU, Patiala served as its capital city. During the reign of Maharajas, Patiala state extended from Narnaul, Hissar in Haryana to Kandaghat and Chail in Himachal pradesh..
It was ruled by Jat ruler Maharaja Narendra Singh (1845–1862) who fortified the city of Patiala by constructing ramparts and ten gates around it:
- Darshani gate - Main entrance of Qila Mubarak
- Lahori gate
- Nabha gate
- Samana gate
- Sirhindi gate
- Sheranwala gate
- Safabadi gate
- Sunami gate
- Top Khana Gate
- Ghalori Gate
The royal house is now headed by His Highness Maharajadhiraj Captain Amarinder Singh, Mahendra Bahadur of Patiala who also served as the Chief Minister of Punjab from 2002 to 2007. The royals are considered cultural and political icons in Patiala.
Maharaja Karam singh who ruled from 1813 to 1845 (the Sikh Kingdom of Patiala in Punjab) was also known as a traitor. He joined the British East India Company and helped the British during the First Anglo Sikh wars against another Imperial Sikh Empire of Punjab which was larger and extended from Tibet Kashmir, plains of Punjab to Peshawar near the Afghan borders.
Since Indian independence in 1947, Patiala has emerged as a major education center in the state of Punjab. The city houses the prestigious Yadavindra Public School, set up by His Late Highness Maharajadhiraj Yadavindra Singh in 1948 which is now among the top run schools of the country, Punjabi University, Thapar University, Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, General Shivdev Singh Diwan Gurbachan Singh Khalsa College, Mohindra College, Multani Mal Modi College, Rajindra Hospital, Government Medical College, Patiala, Government College for Girls, and Govt. Bikram College of Commerce, one of the premier commerce colleges in northern India.
Netaji Subhash National Institute of Sports, Patiala is a sports hub of north India. Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Patiala was the first national law school of north region established under Punjab Government Act of 2006.
Patiala city has many playgrounds, including the Raja Bhalindra Sports Complex, more commonly known as Polo Ground on Lower Mall Road, which houses an indoor stadium. Other sports facilities include Yadavindra Sports Stadium for athletics, Rink Hall for roller skating, and National Institute of Sports, Patiala.
Qila Mubarak Complex
The Qila Mubarak complex stands on a 10-acre ground in the heart of the city and contains the main palace or Qila Androon (literally, 'inner fort'), the guesthouse or Ran Baas and the Darbar Hall. Outside the Qila are the Darshani Gate, a Shiva temple, and bazaar shops which border the streets that run around the Qila and sell precious ornaments, colorful hand-woven fabrics, ‘jootis’ and bright ‘Parandis’.
It was the principal residence of the Patiala royals until the construction of Old Moti Bagh Palace.
The entrance is through an imposing gate. The architectural style of the palace is a synthesis of late Mughal and Rajasthani. The complex has 10 courtyards along the north-south axis. Each courtyard is unique in size and character, some being broad, others very small and others mere slits in the fabric of building. Though the Androon is a single interconnected building, it is spoken of as a series of palaces. Each set of rooms makes a cluster around a courtyard, and each carries a name: Topkhana, Qila Mubarak, Sheesh Mahal, Treasury and Prison. Ten of the rooms are painted with frescoes or decorated intricately with mirror and gilt.
In a tiny portion of the complex is a little British construction with Gothic arches, fireplaces made of marble and built-in toilets perched on the Mughal Rajasthani roof. Burj Baba Ala Singh has a fire smoldering ever since the time of Baba Ala Singh, along with a flame brought by him from Jwalaji. Every year its decorated beautifully for the Heritage Festival.
A part of the Old Moti Bagh Palace built in the 19th century by the Maharajas is the famous Sheesh Mahal, literally meaning the Palace of Mirrors. The mahal contains a large number of frescoes, most of which were made under His Highness Maharaja Narinder Singh. A lake in front of the palace adds to the beauty. Lakshman Jhula, a bridge built across the lake, is a famous attraction. A museum housing the largest collection of medals from the world collected by His Highness Maharaja Bhupinder Singh is here.
Currently Sheesh Mahal is closed for public viewing because of renovation.
The Baradari Gardens are in the north of old Patiala city, just outside Sheranwala Gate. The garden complex, set up during the reign of Maharaja Rajindera Singh, has extensive vegetation of rare trees, shrubs, and flowers dotted with impressive Colonial buildings and a marble statue of Maharaja Rajindera Singh. It was built as a royal residence with a cricket stadium, a skating rink and a small palace set in its heart named Rajindera Kothi.
After extensive restoration it opened as a heritage hotel run by Neemrana Hotels group in 2009. It is Punjab's first heritage hotel. It is near Press Club Patiala. Press Club Patiala was established in 2006 and now headed by Parveen Komal, president.
National Institute of Sports
Founded in 1961, Netaji Subhas National Institute of Sports (NIS) is Asia's largest sports institute in princely city of Patiala. The institute was renamed as Netaji Subhas National Institute of Sports in January 1973.
NIS is housed in the Old Moti Bagh palace of erstwhile royal family of Patiala, which was purchased by government of India after Indian Independence. Today, several sport memorabilia, like a hass (doughnut shaped exercise disc), weighing 95 kg, used by the Great Gama for squats, Major Dhyan Chand`s gold medal, from 1928 Amsterdam Olympics, and PT Usha 1986 Seoul Asiad shoes, are housed at the National Institute of Sports Museum.
Sporting venues and gardens
Patiala is home to numerous inter-state sporting teams in tournaments like Black Elephants.[clarification needed] The city has facilities for cricket, swimming, shooting, skating and hockey. The city has stadiums such as Dhruv Pandove Ground and other venues such as Yadavindra Public School, Raja Bhalinder Stadium and National Institute of Sports.
The latest addition to sports is the state-of-the-art shotgun shooting ranges housing New Moti Bagh Gun Club at village Maine. Founded by the royal family of Patiala, these ranges are home to the Indian Shotgun Shooting team who routinely trains here. It has recently hosted the 2nd Asian Shotgun Championship.
Patiala Municipal Corporation (PMC) is the local body responsible for governing, developing and managing the city. (PMC) is further divided into 50 municipal wards. Patiala Development Authority (PDA) is an agency responsible for planning and development of the greater Patiala Metropolitan Area, which is revising the Patiala Master Plan and Building Bylaws. Patiala Development Department, a special department of the Government of Punjab, has been recently formed for overall development.
Patiala consists of three assembly constituencies: Patiala Urban, Patiala Rural, Sanaur.
As per provisional data of 2011 census Patiala urban agglomeration had a population of 763,280 of Patiala Metro. The literacy rate was 84.39 % per cent.
As of 2001[update] India census, Patiala had a population of 303,151. Males constituted 54% of the population, and females 46%. Patiala had an average literacy rate of 81%, higher than the national average of 64.9%. In Patiala, 10% of the population was under 5 years of age. People in Patiala are fun loving and friendly.
Culture and traditions
Patiala's sway over the Malwa area extended beyond merely political influence. Patiala was equally the set of religious and cultural life. Educationally, Patiala was in the forefront. Patiala was the first town in this part of the country to have a degree college — the Mohindra College — in 1870.
Patiala has seen the evolution of a distinct style of architecture. Borrowing from the Rajput style, its beauty and elegance are moulded according to the local traditions.
With the active patronage of the Maharajas of Patiala, a well-established style of Hindustani music called the "Patiala Gharana" came into existence and has held its own up to the present times. This school of music has had a number of famous musicians, many of whom came to Patiala after the disintegration of the Mughal Court at Delhi in the 18th century. At the turn of the century, Ustad Ali Bux was the most renowned exponent of this Gharana. Later, his sons Ustad Akhtar Hussain Khan and Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan achieved world wide fame and brought glory to the Patiala Gharana.
After partition of British India, Muslims were forced to flee the city en masses to Pakistan, while many refugees migrated from Pakistan and settled on the Muslim properties in Patiala. The then Maharaja of Patiala, His Highness Yadavindra Singh, Rajpramukh of PEPSU with his wife Her Highness Maharani Mohinder Kaur organised a large number of camps and worked tirelessly for the people.
The Deputy Commissioner, an officer belonging to the Indian Administrative Service, is the overall in-charge of the General Administration in the district. He is assisted by a number of officers belonging to Punjab Civil Service and other Punjab state services.
The brand-new Mini Secretariat on Nabha Road, which houses all the major offices including that of the DC and the SSP, was completed in record time, owing to the initiative of the member of parliament of Patiala and local administration.
In India, an Inspector General (IG) of Police is a two-star rank of the Indian Police Service. The ranks above this are Additional Director General (Addl.DG) and Director General (DG) of police. In Patiala, joint commissioner's are at the rank of DIG and only additional commissioner's are at the rank of IG.
The Senior Superintendent of Police, an officer belonging to the Indian Police Service, is responsible for maintaining law and order and related issues in the district. He is assisted by the officers of the Punjab Police Service and other Punjab Police officials.
The Divisional Forest Officer, an officer belonging to the Indian Forest Service, is responsible for the management of the Forests, Environment and Wild-Life in the district. He is assisted by the officers of the Punjab Forest Service and other Punjab Forest officials and Punjab Wild-Life officials.
Sectoral development is looked after by the district head officer of each development department such as PWD, Health, Education, Agriculture, Animal husbandry, etc. These officers are from Punjab state services.
Patiala has one of the highest number of vehicles per capita in India. Wide, well-maintained roads and parking spaces are all over the city.
It is connected to cities like Chandigarh, Amritsar, Delhi etc. by road. Patiala is well connected to cities like Ludhiana, Jalandhar and Amritsar, on NH 1 via State Highway no. 8 till Sirhind, which is on NH 1. Patiala is well connected to Delhi by road as well as by rail. NH 64 (Zirakpur - Patiala - Sangrur - Bhatinda) connects Patiala with Rajpura (on NH 1 and very well connected to Delhi) and Zirakpur (near Chandigarh). Patiala has both a railway station and Patiala Airport, which is not operational. The nearest domestic airport is Chandigarh Airport, which is approximately 62 km from the city.
Patiala is connected by road to all the major towns.
Distance between the major towns and Patiala:
- Chandigarh - 67 km
- Ludhiana - 93 km
- Jalandhar - 155 km
- Shimla - 173 km
- Delhi - 233 km
- Amritsar - 235 km
- Agra - 437 km
- Jaipur - 454 km
- Srinagar - 614 km
- Lucknow - 669 km
- Mumbai - 1627 km
- Kolkata - 1637 km
Patiala is home to numerous inter state sporting teams like Black Elephant Cricket Club in the Domestic Cricket. The city has following single screen cinema halls: Phul, Malwa, Capital. While it has malls and multiplexes like SRS Omaxe mall, Tagore Multiplex, City Multiplex Mall, Kaintal Mall are proposed.
|Udham Singh||Great Legendary Freedom Fighter|
|Mahendra Singh of Patiala||Maharaja of Princely State Patiala|
|Maharaja Rajinder Singh||Maharaja of Princely State Patiala]|
|Bhupinder Singh||Grandfather of Captain Amarinder Singh and Maharaja of Princely State Patiala|
|Yadavindra Singh||Father of Captain Amarinder Singh and Cricketer|
|Mohinder Kaur||Rajmata of Patiala and Mother of Captain Amarinder Singh|
|Captain Amarinder Singh||29th Chief Minister of Punjab|
|Preneet Kaur||MP & Minister of State for External Affairs (Central Govt. under PM Manmohan Singh)|
|Bibi Amtus Salam||Social Worker|
|Pawan Kumar Bansal||four times MP, Union Minister of India (twice)|
|Surjit Singh Rakhra||Member of Lagislative Assembly|
|Dalip Kaur Tiwana||Punjabi writer|
|Damandeep Singh Baggan||Dub-Over Voice Actor|
|Roopinder Singh||Asst Editor, The Tribune & a writer|
|Harpal Tiwana||Actor, Writer and Director|
|Abhinav Bindra||the first Indian to win an individual gold medal at the Olympics|
|Smeep Kang||Actor, Writer and Director|
|Raninder Singh||President National Rifle Association of India (NRAI)|
|Bhupinder Singh (musician)||Singer and Musician|
|Gulzar Inder Chahal||Actor and Cricketer|
|Rakesh Sharma||The first Indian and 138th person to travel in space|
|Satwinder Bitti||Famous female Punjabi singer|
|Harbhajan Mann||Punjabi singer and actor|
|Mika Singh||Punjabi singer and actor|
|Dilshad Khan||husband of Parveen Sultana, Member of Patiala Gharana and Singer|
|Fateh Ali Khan||Member of Patiala Gharana and Singer|
|Hamid Ali Khan||Member of Patiala Gharana and Singer|
|Jagdish Prasad||Member of Patiala Gharana and Singer|
|Johar Ali Khan||Member of Patiala Gharana and Singer|
|Kaushiki Chakrabarty||daughter of Ajoy Chakraborty, Member of Patiala Gharana and Singer|
|Lakshmi Shankar||Member of Patiala Gharana and Singer|
|Munawar Ali Khan||son of Bade Ghulam Ali Khan, Member of Patiala Gharana and Singer|
|Nirmala Devi||Member of Patiala Gharana and Singer|
|Parveen Sultana||Member of Patiala Gharana and Singer|
|Raza Ali Khan||grandson of Bade Ghulam Ali Khan, Member of Patiala Gharana and Singer|
|Sanjukta Ghosh||Member of Patiala Gharana and Singer|
|Shafqat Amanat Ali||Member of Patiala Gharana and Singer|
|Mohammad Hussain Sarahang from Afghanistan||Member of Patiala Gharana and Singer|
|Daler Mehandi||Punjabi singer|
|Pammi Bai||Punjabi Singer|
|Malkit Singh||Punjabi Singer|
|Bhagwant Mann||Comedian and actor|
|Rana Ranbir||Comedian, writer and actor|
|Navjot Singh Sidhu||Former cricketer, actor, commentator and politician|
|Inderbir Singh Sodhi||Cricketer|
|Ravi Inder Singh||Cricketer|
|Deepak Thakur||Hockey Player|
|Gurdas Mann||Punjabi singer and actor|
|Navneet Kaur Dhillon||Femina Miss India 2013|
Twin towns – Sister cities
Patiala has several sister cities in the world – dates are in parentheses:
- Patiala and East Punjab States Union
- Fatehgarh Sahib
- Mandi Gobindgarh
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- "History of Patiala". Official Website of District Patiala. Retrieved 2011-08-19.
- "U.S. and Russian Human Spaceflights, 1961-Sep. 30, 1995". NASA. Retrieved 2011-08-19.
- "Biographies of International Astronauts". SpaceFacts. Retrieved 2011-08-19.
- "Falling Rain Genomics, Inc - Patiala".
- "Fort right". The Tribune. August 6, 2009.
- "Urban Agglomerations/Cities having population 1 lakh and above". Provisional Population Totals, Census of India 2011. Retrieved 2012-07-07.
- "Census of India 2001: Data from the 2001 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 2004-06-16. Retrieved 2008-11-01.
- Top Ten Towns with Highest Nos. of Car Ownership in India
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- Coventry Twin Cities (Patiala. Retrieved July 2, 2009.
- "Coventry - Twin towns and cities". Coventry City Council. Archived from the original on 2013-04-14. Retrieved 2013-08-06.
- L'Association socioculturelle Granby et ses villes jumelées. Retrieved July 2, 2009.
- Gunsan City Worldwide Sisterhood Cities. Retrieved July 2, 2009.
- "Miasta Partnerskie Lublina" [Lublin - Partnership Cities]. Urząd Miasta Lublin [City of Lublin] (in Polish). Archived from the original on 2013-01-16. Retrieved 2013-08-07.
- Lublin's Partner and Friend Cities. Retrieved July 2, 2009.
- "Partner und Freundesstädte". Stadt Mannheim (in German). Retrieved 2013-07-26.
- [patiala.nic.in/001430.asp?city=lasvueltas City of Patiala, Our Twin Cities (Las Vueltas)]. Retrieved July 2, 2009.
- Città gemellate (Patiala)[dead link]. Retrieved July 2, 2009.
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