Located in the city of Patiala, Bahadurgarh Fort is an ancient historical fort which was constructed in 1658 CE. Originally built by Nawab Saif Khan, it was later renovated and remodelled by Maharaja Karam Singh in 1837. Sprawling over an area of 21 sq. km., the fort was named after the ninth Sikh Guru- Sikh Guru Tegh Bahadur. Boasting of two ramparts and a moat, it is built in a circular shape. In addition to being a popular tourist attraction, the fort premises are currently used for the Punjab Police Commando Training School.
Distance from Patiala: 12 km
Known For : The Ridge Kufri Green Valley
Situated at a height of 2200m, Shimla is the capital and the largest city of Himachal Pradesh in India. Set amidst beautiful hills and mystical woods, Shimla has been a very popular hill-station among Indian families and honeymooners since the last 50 years. British loved this city so much that they made Shimla their summer capital in 1864 and used to rule the sub-continent from here whenever the temperature rose in the nearby plains. Shimla still retains its old-world charm with beautiful colonial architecture, pedestrian-friendly Mall Road and beautiful churches.
Distance from Patiala: 169 km
Best Time: October to June
Known For : Rose Garden Rock Garden Sukhna Lake
Chandigarh, a union territory that is the capital of both Punjab as well as Haryana, is an ideal definition of the word 'city'. With a culture that includes instances of both traditional Punjab as well as modernity, Chandigarh's food and gedi culture (a leisure drive or ride the city) is something that everyone knows of! Located at a distance of 265 km from Delhi, Chandigarh is one of the favourite weekend road trip destinations of Delhiites.
Distance from Patiala: 74 km
Best Time: August to March
Known For : Kasauli Nalagarh Palace Shoolini Mata Temple
Located on the Punjab-Himachal Border, Solan lies on the lower ranges of the Himalayas and is more of an industrial town with various industries. Solan is a more low-key hill station ideal for travellers looking just some time away from the city rush. A beautiful city in Himachal Pradesh, Solan has ancient temples and monasteries that attract hundreds of tourists and devotees every year. Being set in the backdrop of majestic hills adds and quaint charm to these centres of worship. Solan has one of the oldest breweries in the country and is popularly known as the mushroom capital of the country owing to the number of mushrooms produced every year.
Distance from Patiala: 123 km
Best Time: Throughout the year
Known For : Aam Khas Bagh Rauza Sharif Floating Restaurant
Sirhind Fatehgarh is a city in Punjab that is famous for its rich history and the religious significance it has for the Sikh community. Also called Gurumaari, this city has been inhabited for a long time and the multiple historic structures that stand tall till today are a testament to that. Located midway between Ludhiana and Ambala, Sirhind is one of the holiest cities for Sikhs in the world. It also has a rich history and a cultural tradition of inclusion and diversity.
Best Time: Nov - Feb
Known For : Qila Mubarak Rose Garden, Bhatinda Zoological garden
One of the oldest cities of Punjab, Bhatinda is famous as a historical and religious centre dating back to 7000 BC. However modern Bhatinda came into existence in 965 AD, established by Bala Rao Bhatti - a Bhati Rajput king. This is also the very city where Guru Gobind Singhji fought against the Mughals. Similar to the fascinating and significant history that the area has, it offers various attractions to tourists like Quila Mubarak, Bahia Fort, Chetak Park, Zoological Gardens, Dhobhi Bazaar as well as the Mazaar of Peer Haji Rattan.
Distance from Patiala: 155 km
Best Time: October to March
Known For : Brahma Sarovar Jyotisar Bhishma Kund
A city in the state of Haryana, Kurukshetra, also known as Dharmakshetra is known as the "Land of the Bhagavad Gita". Situated 170 km north to Delhi, the place is famous for the battle between the Kauvaras and the Pandavas in the Hindu epic, Mahabharata. It is the place where Lord Krishna is said to have recited the Bhagavad Gita to Arjuna.
Distance from Patiala: 66 km
Best Time: July to March
Known For : Ganeshdham Vahelna Bhairon Ka Mandir
Muzaffarnagar is a municipal board in Muzaffarnagar district of Uttar Pradesh which is also the headquarter of the district. It is also a part of the National Capital Region. The older parts of the city have many monuments of Mughal period which span across the district of Muzaffarnagar. Khari Boli is the native language which resembles with the Haryanvi dialect of Hindi. Muzaffarnagar is about 60 kms from Meerut. Sugar, steel and paper are the prime products of the city. The district of Muzaffarnagar has eight sugar mills. Jaggery is one of the trading business along with farming activities, making it the highest agricultural GDP in the state.
Distance from Patiala: 195 km
Known For : Asthal Bohar Math Meham Bhindawas Lake
The Heart of Haryana, Rohtak is situated just 70 kms away from the Heart of the India, Delhi and happens to be a part of the National Capital Region (NCR). There have been many rumours regarding the name of the city and its origins. With evidence suggesting that the old town is as old as the Indus Valley Civilization, Rohtak has turned out to be a city of fascination. The district of Rohtak is divided into two parts; Rohtak and Meham. The city of Rohtak, however, is 250 kms southwards to the state capital Chandigarh on the NH9. As a strategy to obtain cheaper infrastructure loans, Rohtak has joined to be a part of the NCR.
Distance from Patiala: 198 km
Known For : Noor Mahal Karna Lake Babur's Masjid
Karnal, a city in the Indian state of Haryana, boasts of a history reaching into the period of the Mahabharata. Nestled in the banks of the sacred Yamuna River, Karnal today is popularly called the ‘Rice Bowl of India’ for its vast rice fields. Located in the National Capital Region, Karnal has limited tourist attractions to see, the most popular of which is Karna Lake. It is believed that it was here that the mythological hero Karna, after whom the city is named, gave alms to the poor.
Distance from Patiala: 106 km
Known For : Rangla Punjab Haveli Devi Talab Mandir Science City Kapurthala
The city of Jalandhar is the true personification of the rich heritage and history of Punjab - a culmination of the old and the new. This historic city was a part of the illustrious Indus Valley Civilisation. Present day Jalandhar has grown to be an important commercial and industrial hub and is also known for its delectable Punjabi cuisine. The ancient city of Jalandhar promises to let you experience the best of Punjab, along with a taste of its history and culture.
Distance from Patiala: 156 km
Known For : Tomb of Bu-Ali Shah Kalandar Kabuli Bagh Mosque Devi Temple
Located at a distance of 90 km from Delhi, Panipat is known for the three historical battles that were fought here. Innumerable monument, forts, temples and its magnificent historical connections make Panipat in Haryana an interesting tourist destination. Also known as 'City of Weavers', and 'Textile City', this is an important city for textile production. Panipat was one of the five cities (prasthas) founded by Pandava brothers during the times of Mahabharata.
Distance from Patiala: 147 km
Best Time: October to March
Spread over a stretch of whopping 13,000 acres (53 km square) Kalesar National Park is a protected area in Yamuna Nagar, Haryana, perfect for nature enthusiasts and wildlife lovers. Because of its natural scenic beauty and amazing flora and fauna, the park is also an ideal tourist and picnic location for families. You can easily spot leopards and panthers. The place is equally loved by bird watchers, especially in winters when migratory birds fill the sky with vibrant colours. The park is not only restricted to this. You can also put on your camo printed clothes and indulge in thrilling wildlife safaris.
Situated in the lower Himalayan Shivalik range, and 50 km away from Anandpur Sahib, this ecological zone is a human-made wetland that was created in 1952. This reserve spreads over 1365 hectares and is home to at least nine different species of mammals, 35 different kinds of fish, nine species of arthropods, ten protozoan species, 11 rotifer species and more than 150 species of birds. Many of these animal species belong to the endangered list, for example, the Chitra Indica turtle and the Python molurus snake.
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