Top things to do

Fort in Patiala

Qila Mubarak

The ancestral home of the maharajas of Patiala, this richly ornamented 18th-century fort is an Arabian Nights fantasy of soaring buttresses and latticed balconies. You can’t enter the interior of the fort, but you a…
Museum in Patiala

Sheesh Mahal

The totally over-the-top Sheesh Mahal, graced by two wedding-cake towers and an ornamental suspension bridge, is arguably one of the prettiest buildings in Punjab. Inside the lavishly decorated interior is a gallery…
Museum in Patiala

Netaji Subhas National Institute of Sports

The Netaji Subhas National Institute of Sports occupies a wing of the vast Moti Bagh Palace, constructed by Maharaja Narendra Singh in 1847. The museum contains exhibits on Indian sporting heroes, including former P…
Sikh Temple in Patiala

Dukh Niwaran Gurdwara

A short walk north of the bus stand, away from the old town and over the flyover, stands the Dukh Niwaran Gurdwara, which is credited with healing powers thanks to a miraculous cure carried out by Sikh Guru Tegh Bah…
North Indian in Patiala

Gopal's

This popular vegetarian eatery prides itself on delicious servings of chhole bhature, thalis and sweetmeats that are wolfed down by eager diners through the day. There's some passable pan-Indian and quasi-Chinese st…