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"One of the oldest cities of Punjab"

Bathinda Tourism

One of the oldest cities of Punjab, Bathinda, formerly spelt as 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 Hargobindji fought against the Mughals in 1634. Later, it followed the culture and systems of the erstwhile princely state of Patiala, but is now its own district.

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. This town is a good choice to experience bits of history and feel Punjab.

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Industrial Centre

Bathinda makes for a thriving industrial hub.
  • It houses the prestigious Guru Nanak Dev Thermal plant, which has 4 units with the capacity of 110 MW each. The plant generates almost 26.4 lakhs electricity units in a day and caters to the energy requirement of the entire state of Punjab.
  • Bhatinda Chemicals Limited is another success story of the city, which provides employment to a large number of people in Bathinda and also produces items such as rice, vanaspati, refined oils etc.
  • The city also houses two successful cement plants - Ambuja Cements and UltraTech Cement Limited. It also has National Fertilizers Limited to its credit, which was commissioned on 1st October 1979.

Restaurants and Local Food in Bathinda

One can relish local Punjabi cuisine in Bathinda which includes Channa Batura or Chhole Batura, Dal Makhani, various verities of Paneer, Rajma (Red kidney Bean), Sarson Da Saag with Makai ki Roti (Bread made from corn with mustard gravy). Do try out snacks like Samosas, Pakodas and sweets including Jalebi and Gulab Jamun. Also, one must sip some refreshing Lassi while here. One can also relish countless delicacies of chicken, mutton and fish in Punjab in their richest and most spicy avatars.
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Suggested Itinerary

Day 1- Reach Bathinda by morning and check into your hotel. Start your day by seeking divine blessings at the Gurudwara - Shri Damdana Sahib. Head off to the beautiful Rose Garden. Post lunch, you can visit the three lakes.
Day 2- After having a hearty breakfast, head straight to the Quila Mubarak - the most prominent landmark of the city. Next, pay a visit to the mausoleum of Pir Baba Haji Rattan.

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Holidify's Opinion

What's Great?

Rich with culture and heritage. It is home to many artificial lakes, religious places and many destinations of historical importance.

What's Not So Great?

The city does not have an airport, hence it can pose problems for those who wish to travel only by air.

For Whom?

Bhatinda makes for a great weekend getaway, especially for people living in southern Punjab. It is an ideal destination for all types of travellers, be it families, couples or youngsters.

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How To Reach Bathinda

A well-developed infrastructure makes Bhatinda easily accessible. The Bhatinda railhead is one of the largest railway junctions of the country. It is also easy to reach the city by road as regular buses ply from various cities to Bhatinda. Travelling by air can pose to be difficult as the city does not have its own airport. The nearest airport is in Chandigarh, at a distance of 146 km.

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