Bathinda, situated in Punjab, is one of the oldest and most popular Indian cities. Because of its rich religious and cultural attractions, it always invites tourists from all over the world. In 965 AD, Bala Rao Bhatti established this beautiful city. Bathinda is the place where Guru Gobind Singhji fought against the Mughals to give today’s generation a better future. Because of five artificial lakes in the city, it is well known as a City of Lakes and Tabar-e-Hind means Gateway to India. Bathinda is one of the leading cities in Punjab for education. Apart from its religious culture, it also offers various attractions. Here are the top best things you can do in Bathinda.
1. Qila Mubarak
Qila Mubarak is a great historical monument built back in 90-110 AD. The history begins with the imprisonment of Delhi sultanate, Razia Sultana. The fort was built during the reign of the Kushanas and is bigger than its competitor, based in Lahore, Hanumangarh, and Phillour. The popularity of the fort increased when Guru Gobind Singh, Guru Nayak Dev, and Guru Tegh Bahadur visited it.
Address: Old City, Bathinda, Punjab 151001, India
Opening Hours: 4am - 8pm
Contact: +91 7814177739
2. Rose Garden
The Rose Garden is located close to the thermal power plant in Bathinda and spans over 40,000 square meters (9.8 acres). If your are a rose lover, then you’ll be delighted to be able to find many different types of roses here.
Address: Rose Garden Rd, Hazura Kapura Colony, Guru Gobind Singh Nagar, Bathinda, Punjab 151001, India
Opening Hours: 5am - 10pm
3. Bir Talab Zoo
If you would like to spend some fun time with your family and kids then Bir Talab Zoo is the best place. The zoo is located in the Bir Talab forest area. It houses many types of animals and birds plus many exciting rides for children. The small gardens and lawns inside the zoo are well maintained so that visitors can sit and relax. Varieties of birds and deer are the main attraction of Bir Talab Zoo. Reports say that every year thousands of visitors come to explore this zoo’s beauty. You can find different types of birds like pigeons, peacocks, parakeets and fowls in one place. The best advisable time for visiting Bir Talab Zoo is between 10 am to 5 pm. Make sure not to visit the zoo on a public holiday as it will be closed.
Bir Talab Zoo
Address: Village Bir Talab, Bir Talab, Punjab 151001, India
Opening Hours: 9am - 5pm.
Website: Bir Talab Zoo
4. Bathinda Lake
On your way to Bathinda City, you will be attracted to the beautiful Bathinda Lake. Because of the other interesting places in Bathinda, sometimes one skips or forgets to visit Bathinda Lake, but it is one of the best attractions in Bathinda and should not be missed. You can visit this beautiful lake in between 9am to 7pm. If you have forgotten to take snacks with you, don’t worry as there are many food corners available around the lake.
5. Damdama Sahib
Located around 18 km (11 mi) away from the city is Damdama Sahib. If you find yourself at a place called Talwandi Tehsil then don’t worry, it’s the same place. The story behind the name is that after a battle with Mughals at Chamkaur Sahib, Anandpur Sahib, and Muktsar, Guru Gobind Singh went to the forest of Malwa. In the Talwandi, Guru Gobind took rest (Dam) for 9 months and 9 days. This is when the place was named “Damdama Sahib”. It is also known as Khalse Da Takhat. It was officially recognized as the Fifth Takht of Sikhism, on 18th November 1966.
6. Chetak Park
Another popular and exquisite picnic spot is Chetak Park. It offers adventurous boat ride facilities and is home to different birds. It is 13 km (8 mi) away from the city. It’s a fun and enjoyable park for all ages with mini zoo rides.
Facebook: Chetak Park
7. Lakhi Jungle
Lakhi Jungle is located 15 km (9.3 mi) away from Bathinda. This is the only place where Shri Guru Nayak Ji had narrated Shri Japuji Sahib’s 100,000 holy paths and that is the reason behind the name of this jungle. Lakhi Jungle was also visited by Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh and 9th Sikh Guru, Guru Tej Bahadur.
8. Maiser Khana Temple
On the Bathinda-Mansa Road, at a distance of 29 km (18 mi), you can find Maiser Khana Temple. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Jwala Ji and Durga. It is believed that the Jyoti (Represents salute to God) of Mata Jwala appeared to a poor devotee named “Kamala”, who was not able to reach the temple and in order to his devotee, Goddess Durga pleased with prayer and blessed her vision twice a year, so each year two grand Fairs are held here on Ashtami (Eighth day of Hindu Calendar) and it is visited by lakhs of devotees. The most visited time for this place is during the Fair, where Hindus and Sikhs both participate. Mahavir Dal and Hansraj took the initiative to build this temple in 1951.
Maiser Khana Temple
Address: 29 km (18 mi) away from Bathinda on Bathinda Mansa Road
Opening hours: 7am-12pm, 5pm-7pm.
Bahia Fort was built in 1930 and is located in front of the main fort. It once served as a formal residence of the army of Patiala. In 1980, this fort was converted into a four star hotel and was renovated to give both a modern and traditional touch. The government has reconfirmed the status of 4 star again in 2009. Currently, it has the most beautiful and spacious 43 luxury rooms with all modern facilities and a banquet hall or conference room with the capacity to accommodate 500 people. You can find a beauty parlor, kitty hall and club room in this fort too.
Hotel Bahia Fort
Address: The Mall, Bathinda, Punjab 151001, India (see map)
Contact: +91 9417227555
Must visit place: Bathinda
Apart from the above-listed places, there are much more small places available to see which will mesmerize you. Bathinda is a good choice for one to experience interesting history and beautiful nature. It is advisable to visit Bathinda in the months of February, March, October, November and December. The railway station of Bathinda is one of the biggest railway junctions in the country, so there is no excuse not to get here!
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