Qila Mubarak- A beautiful Day in the Mud Palace

Next morning I woke up early, while I was enjoying the rising sun sitting in the balcony of my hotel room the waiter came into my room. He suggested a visit to the Qila Mubarak would be a worthy visit though it was far away from Amritsar.  My crave for exploring the historical places ended up booking a cab to Qila Mubarak fort which is 243 kilometers away from Amritsar. 

I started from the hotel around 7 am in the morning. I arranged a cab from the hotel itself and it took around 4 hours to reach Patiala. In between we stopped for breakfast and I enjoyed the scenic beauty of Punjab all the way to Patiala.

Qila Mubarak which was built in 1764 and is one of the most famous tourist spots in India. The fort is built by Maharaja Ala Sing and constructed by mud or kachi garhi. The king built this pacca qila after he conquered the Sirhind. This massive Qila Mubarak stands in a 10-acre located in the heart of Patiala and it is about 29 km away from Ambala.

Qila Mubarak

Qila Mubarak | Image Resource : filmapia.com

 

I was spellbound by the beauty of this fort. I started exploring each and every corner of the fort. The Qila Mubarak is divided into two main parts since these two parts were built by different kings. The Qila Androon which means the interior portion was constructed by Maharaja Ala Singh. It is located on a mount and it leads to the main place where the king and the queen lived. 

The palace showcased a blend of both Mughal and Rajasthani architectural style. It has 10 courtyards and each one is designed uniquely.  The rooms make a cluster facing the courtyards and each room possesses a unique name.

Qila Mubarak, which lies in-between the Qila Androon and the outer walls, has secretariat on one side and Darbar Hall on the other side. Today the Darbar Hall is renovated into a mini museum and several artifacts, rare arms and armors are kept here. Very unique collections such as the dagger of Guru Gobind Singh and 'Shikar Gah’ were also displayed in this place. I explored other places such as Jail for royal prisoners and returned back to my hotel room.

 

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"Hi there, my name is Lalit Chandran. I currently reside in ‘Pink city’ i.e. Jaipur where I run a garment export business. Having spent all my childhood in Rajasthan, I fell in love with Indian history and all its glory. So, whenever I get an opportunity, I travel to various places all across India exploring old cities, museums, forts and historic monuments. This blog will catalogue all the places I have visited, people I have met along the way and different cultures I got a chance to experience.

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