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Sheesh Mahal

Sheesh Mahal is a popular palace in Patiala, Punjab that attracts thousands of visitors to visit this place. Even though this city doesn’t make to a high profile tourist destination, yet because of this palace it ranks as one of the must visit destination to get to know more about the culture and history of the county India. The Sheesh Mahal is nestled within the Qila Mubarak, which is a sumptuous and spell binding historic piece of work. The palace speaks of a tribute to the ancient days of ostentatious Kings or Maharajas of Patiala and this Qila Mubarak is one of them.

As per the historic sources, Narendra Singh, Maharaja of Patiala constructed this Sheesh Mahal in 1847 in the old Moti Bagh of Patiala. His true and much admired aesthetic sense governed the decorations and designs of this spectacular palace to an exciting extent. Since Maharaja Narendra Singh was known as a patron of arts and culture, this construction is certainly a tribute to his royal and lavish taste. The Mahal is encircled with landscaped green gardens, terraces, fountains together with an artificial lake and verdant flowerbeds and lawn. There are two watch towers at both the ends of the Mahal along with a suspension bridge which is modeled following the widely acknowledged Laxman Jhoola which is in Rishikesh.

The entire Mahal is decorated with almost everything starting from beautiful mirror work and murals extending to stunning floral designs which are embellished on the walls. They depict the reminiscent of the ancient Mughal era. It is said that Sheesh Mahal is truly an excellent piece of construction which draws the people towards its magnificent museum that has fine collection of rare and antique artifacts that run from portraits to jewelry and costumes.

The best time to visit this Sheesh Mahal of Patiala is between the months of November and February. The days during these months are quite pleasant and the main fact is that during this time, the city hardly gets hot. The palace stands open to tourists from sunrise to sunset.

How to Reach

By Air

One can catch a regular flight from Delhi – Amritsar or Delhi – Chandigarh. Hire a taxi and reach Patiala.

By Rail

There are many trains that link Patiala to different towns and cities excluding – Ferozpur, Jalandhar, Amritsar, Ludhiana and Chandigarh. Once you are there, you can take a taxi and reach there.

By Bus

Patiala lies on the main highway of Punjab’s road network, and so is linked to numerous deluxe and ordinary bus services that operate daily.

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