Awe-inspiring Moti Bagh Palace, Patiala

Old Moti Bagh, Moti Bagh,

Moti Bagh Palace in Patiala, Punjab is considered as  as one of the largest residences in the world and it served as  the principal residence of the  Patiala royal family till late 1940s.  Subsequently the royal family moved over to  the New Moti bagh Palace which became a   permanent residence for them rich.

The old quarters were built in the1840s by Maharajah of Patiala
Narinder Singh  and it saw expansion during the rule of Maharajah Bhupinder Singh  in 1920 under the expert guidance of  Sir Ganga Ram. When India became an independent country, the Government of India took over the palace  from Maharajah Yadavindra Singh, and later  made it into a museum, a taxidermy gallery, and North Zone Cultural Center. In  its East wing there the National Institute of Sports (NIS) and is named after Nethaji Subbash Chandra Bose. Here, athletes, coaches of various games, sport  teachers and others undergo training. It is also the venue for the  annual Patiala Heritage festival. 

New Moti Bagh Palace, Patiala

New Moti bagh  was the  residence of Maharaja Patiala Captain Amarinder Singh. A sum of Rs. five crores was spent on the construction, a whooping sum in those days. It is close to the Old Moti Bagh Palace (just 2 km ) and is built on a plot of  160 acres of prime land. This beautiful palace has outstanding intricate  artistic works and designs that bear  testimony to the talented  Indian artisans and craftsmen of the past age.

Maharaja of Patilia, Yadavindra Singh, in a suit of

Being a four storied  attractive structure, it has  gigantic stone walls  with an arched opening. Rajasthani style of architecture is followed with  beautiful facade and lots of Chattris along with Jharokhas. The highly decorative grill work around the palace is amazingly ornamental and it enhances its appearance.  It has a palace made of glasses called Sheesh Mahal. There are two huge water tanks on both sides of the front area of Sheesh Mahal. There is a fascinating rope bridge called Lakshman Jhoola, connecting Motibagh Palace with Bansar Garh that houses the Natural History Gallery. It has lots of  stuffed animals and birds on display.

Moti Bagh Palace, Patiala.
Sheesh Mahal: Old Moti Bagh palace in
 Above image: Old Moti Bagh palace in Patiala, seat of North Zone Cultural Centre (NZCC) .........

The  old Moti Bagh has many terraces  where the royal family of Patiala used to go for a casual walk in the evening.  The surrounding places  of  Patiala have  many water ways and beautifully landscaped  gardens.  November and February is the best  time to visit.