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Patiala, formerly the capital of an independent Sikh state is now synonymous throughout India with the ‘Patiala Peg’: a 120ml serving of liquor (the Punjabi’s preferred tipple being whiskey). Home to a family of extravagant maharajas, today Patiala’s fortunes have been frittered away and these once gleaming ancestral homes are now all flaking plaster and crumbling walls. Our pick of the best places to stay in Patiala within easy reach of its historic attractions.
Qila Mubarak, the 18th century fortress is still an imposing sight. Its ten gates surround the city and visitors can walk along its ramparts.
Visit during January and February for the famous Basant kite festival. A photographers dream.
Our pick of the best places to stay in Patiala are all steeped in the history and the heritage of this town.
For a heritage stay
- Another fabulous offering from one of our favourite hotel chains, Neemrana Hotel Baradari Palace, located amidst the manicured Baradari Gardens is a historic stay. Sample levels of hospitality extinct in most of the world, plus some potent culinary flair. Rooms are palatial featuring antique four posters and sitting areas. Worthy of a maharaja.
Still not sure which to book? Browse through our list of the best places to stay in Patiala to start to plan your trip. Alternatively take a look at all our Punjab recommendations, or contact one of our friendly gurus for advice.
Best Hotels in Patiala
The Baradari Palace 17 rooms from £70Patiala (Punjab)
Set amidst the palace's verdant gardens this property has enormous, high-ceilinged rooms, decorated in bright colours and antique furnishings. There is a smart dining hall in which delicious Punjabi cuisine is served. Ideally located for exploring the town.Cooking classes - Preet's cooking classes are for those who want to take home those rich Punjabi flavours.Local markets - Leela Bhawan Market is full of shoes, fabric and jewellery.Sights nearby - Sheesh Mahal and Moti Bagh Palace are within easy reach.Great walks - Walk around the Qila Mubarak and its verdant gardens.