Bathinda Fortress – Qila Mubarack

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Bathinda Fort is located in heart of Bathinda city, one of the major cities across Punjab. This heritage site can be visited quite easily as one can reach here by driving or hiring a private taxi. The fort stands tall providing a magnificent view with the city of Bathinda in background.

Numerous battles were fought in this region and this fort has borne witness to many of them. Since it is located on a strategic route, it played an important part of defenses of not only state of Punjab, but for the whole country. It has an imposing structure with the ramparts standing 120 feet high.

It is believed that it was built somewhere around 200 A.D. by Bhatti Reo. This has been established on basis of shape of the bricks that seem to belong to Kushana period, when king Kanishka ruled most parts of north India. The fort has changed hands numerous times throughout the history and a number of executions and arrests were made here.

When Razia Sultan, the first woman emperor, was defeated in a battle, she was kept here after her defeat. This fort came under reign of Maharaja Ala Singh in 1754 AD. In fact, Maharaja Ala Singh is credited for Patiala, which was originally known as ‘Ala Singh di Patti’ in those times. The ship like shape to the Bathinda Fort was given by Maharaja Ala Singh. He had also built two gurudwaras so as to honour Guru Gobind Singh, tenth guru of Sikhs, of whom, he was a staunch follower.

The fort had survived tides of times and extremities of weather, but is unable to survive the apathy shown by Punjab government towards it. It is in dilapidated condition today and is crying for repairs. A part of it has crumbled and rest parts are not in best condition either.

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