The City of Lakes
Known as one of the oldest city of Punjab, Bhatinda is located in the Malwa Region of northwestern India. Visiting Bhatinda will give you a slice of the famous culture of Punjab while revisiting the glorious past through the magnificent forts and historical temples. The heritage of Bhatinda could be traced back to the 18th Century when it was conquered by Ala Singh of Patiala and made into a princely state. Being the 5th largest city of Punjab, Bhatinda has flourished as an industrial township and has two thermal plants that have become an attractive tourist destination. The city is well known for housing the oldest and highest small brick monuments of India, the Qila Mubarak along with it, the Damdama Sahib and Maiser Khana are prominent tourist attractions of Bhatinda. The popular Bir Talab Forest and the large Rose Garden also serves as a popular tourist destination. The city of Bhatinda once reined by various rulers, is rich with heritage and culture, with several outstanding places to attract a large number of tourist from all over the country. The best time to visit the city will be between October to March when the weather is pleasant enough for a trip.
Bhatinda has a history that dates back to more than 3000 years old when it was a part of the Kushana Kingdom ruled by the Kanishka King. Later on, the town reigned under various rulers that included Mohammad Ghori, Prithvi Raj Chauhan, Razia Sultana and the Mughals. During 1754, the town was conquered by the Maharaja of Patiala, King Ala Singh and became the erstwhile Princely State of Patiala. Due to this fascinating history of rulers that ruled Bhatinda, the city enamoured with heritage and cultural significances in its every corner. Hinduism and Sikhism are the two main religions that are practised mostly in the city along with a few other cultures. The National Fair Baisakhi which is celebrated at the month of April is the most important festival in Bhatinda where you can see the locals dressed in colourful clothes dancing and singing, along with offering the first harvest of wheat at the gurudwara, seeking blessing for a prosperous year for them and their loved ones. The locals offer free food for devotees and travellers alike in several places in the city. During the festivities, one can see the awe-inspiring feats of martial arts displayed by the Nihangs.
Top things do in Bhatinda
How to reach
Being one of the oldest city of Punjab filled with heritage and culture, Bhatinda is a must-visit tourist destination. Regular trains and well-maintained roads give good options for travelling to the city with comfort and convenience.
How to Reach by Flight
Bhatinda doesn’t have an airport of its own, but the nearest Airport to the city is Ludhiana at a distance of 116 km. Also, Raja Sansi Airport of Amritsar is 158 km from the city of Bhatinda making it another close airport. Both of the airports receives flights from major cities of the country.
How to Reach by Train
Bhatinda Railway Station is one of the biggest junction of the country and is well connected with railroads from major cities like New Delhi, Jalandhar, Chandigarh, Kolkata, Patna, Lucknow, Guwahati, Mumbai etc.
How to Reach by Bus
The Punjab State Transport Buses along with Volvo, Deluxe and few other private Buses gives regular services for tourist to travel for Bhatinda from important cities like New Delhi, Chandigarh and Ludhiana etc.
How to Reach by Road
Bhatinda has well infrastructure roads that are maintained by the state government which makes travelling by road very pleasant. The National Highway 9 links Bhatinda with Delhi whereas National Highway 7 links it with Chandigarh and Ludhiana.
How to travel within
Hired Cabs or Private Cars are the best options for viewing the tourist attractions within the city but local Buses and Autos are also easily available as an alternate use for moving around in the city.
Dominated mainly by the Punjabi culture, Bhatinda has an influence of Punjabi Cuisine in its every corner. The city offers a variety of vegetarian and non – vegetarian dishes prepared with varied traditional styles mainly the tandoori. The spicy and buttery flavoured dishes paired with Basmati Rice or Tandoori Roti and Naan are just one of the few mouthwatering and finger licking dishes served by Bhatinda Cuisine. The local Punjabi foods of Bhatinda also includes the ever famous Sarson Da Saag with Makkai Ki Roti and Lassi along with Chhole Batura, Dal Makhani, Rajma and varieties of street foods like Samosas, Pakodas and sweet dishes like Gulab Jamun and Jalebi.
- Taj Hotel
- Hotel Bahia Fort
- Holiday Home
- The Pavillion (Restro-Bar)
Day 1: Landing in Ludhiyana Airport, you can take a direct cab to Bhatinda which will take you less than 2 hours to reach. National Highway 7 that connects both cities is well maintained and makes the travelling very smooth. Enjoying the sights you can reach Bhatinda before noon and get in the pre-booked hotel for freshening up and finish a quick lunch. Start your trip by visiting the Chetak Park and Zoological Park to enjoy nature and breathe in the fresh air provided by the lovely trees in the gardens. Enjoy your night, sightseeing the town and roaming around the historic city while tasting the delicacies of Punjabi Cuisine and shopping at Dhobi Bazaar for your loved ones back home.
Day 2: After breakfast, you can hire cab that will take you around the city to first visit the Qila Mubarak, where you can explore the heritage and architecture relics that age from 90 to 110 AD. From there you can move to the famous Lakhi Jungle Gurudwara, to take blessings and end your journey by visiting the famous Rose Gardens viewing the lovely roses in its full bloom. Get back before nightfall to start back on to your journey home.