Bathinda TourismOne of the historical towns of northern India, Bathinda is located in the Punjab State in Malwa Region. Bathinda is the district headquarter and also a famous city and is famous for its religious and historical association. Bathinda has been mentioned even in Vedas with different names. Bathinda existed during the era of Mahabharata. Excavations in various parts of Bathinda especially in Mansa sub-division have proven that the city has been part of the great Harappan Civilization.
The foundation of modern Bathinda was done by Bala Rao Bhatti , one of the great Bhatti Rulers who ruled Punjab during 6 AD. Bathinda got ruled by rulers of various dynasties including Sikhs, Hindu Shahi, Jatts, Muslims and then the British. Each of the rulers and dynasties of Bathinda has kept the marks of their social and religious culture in Bathinda transforming it into one of the major tourist attractions of north India.
Well built roads and rails, good transport facilities, market places, shopping malls, monuments, forts, lakes, religious places , well-furnished hotels and good restaurants and pubs in Bathinda make it one of the most preferable tourist places of Punjab. The industries of modern Bathinda are also not to be missed places. Bathinda has already created its special place in the industrial map of India.
Traveling in BathindaBathinda has well built roads and rail links. Though there is an airport in Bathinda but it is non-operational. For overseas travelers or others who wish to reach Bathinda by air can take flights from Delhi, Ludiana, Chandigarh and Amritsar Airports. From these airports, conveyances are available at frequent basis.
Bathinda is easily approachable through train as it is one of the largest junctions of north India. Bathinda has trains connecting to major places of north India e.g. New Delhi, Ambala, Amritsar etc. and also to east and west India as well. Howrah and Guwhati has rail link to Bathinda. Mumbai is also directly connected to Bathinda through rail.
Bus services in Bathinda are very frequent. Buses run from Bathinda to places like Chandigarh, Delhi, Ludiana, Ferozpur, Amritsar and other adjacent cities.
Within the district, private and government buses are available for conveyance. Taxis and auto-rickshaws are also available plenty in numbers within the district. Tourists as well as local people could also use cycle-rickshaw to travel short distance.
Places to Visit in BathindaImportant tourist places of Bathinda are age old monuments or places that have the feel and look of Indian Heritage and Culture. Bathinda has association with the Sikh Gurus and the place had association with Indus Valley Civilization.
Here is the list of places to visit in Bathinda:
- Damdama Sahib - One of the 5 Takths of Sikhs
- Quila Mubarak - This momument is about 1900 years old and is also called Bathinda Fort.
- Mazaar of Pir Baba Haji Ratan - The mausoleum of a famous Muslim saint
- Rose Garden - A must-visit place for flower lovers, kids and nature lovers
- Bahia Fort - A fort turned Heritage Hotel is famous for its blending of modern and ancient architecture
- Bir Talab Zoo - An amazing part of Bathinda is a favorite place for children. It has a zoo and it is also a popular picnic spot for the people of Bathinda and around.
- Guru Nanak Dev Thermal Plant and Guru Gobind Thermal Plant - This thermal power plant is a must-visit place for the visitors of Bathinda.
- Maisar Khana Mandir - A famous Hindu Mandir where Jawala Ji is the main deity
Shopping in BathindaFor avid shoppers, Bathinda has lots of places to enjoy delightful shopping experience. Punjab State is known for its rich traditions of handlooms and handicrafts. Varieties of jewelry items, Phulkari Embroidery work, lacquered wood crafts, Punjabi Juttis etc. are specialty items that shoppers would never miss out during their shopping in Bathinda. Local Handicraft Shops, Punjab Emporiums, retail shops are plenty in numbers in Bathinda to satisfy the shopping spree of ardent shoppers.
Other items that attract shoppers in Bathinda are leather items, hand-woven rugs and carpets, agricultural products, utensils, and woolen garments. Bathinda prides itself in having modern shopping malls selling all types of items of national and international brands. Bathinda does have traditional market places like Dhobi Market that help shoppers to shop all types of items till they get tired.
Eating Out in BathindaBathinda has restaurants where all types of foods are served. There are Punjabi delicacies and different types of Chinese, south Indian or continental dishes as well. Fast food joints are there in all over Bathinda. Famous brands like McDonalds, Pizza Hut, Domino’s Pizza, Subway, Café Coffee Day have their chains set up in Bathinda to cater to the needs of youngsters and kids though adults also visit these places in great numbers.
Some of the common restaurants of Bathinda are:
- Comfort Inn, Mittal Mall
- Moti Mahal, Hanuman Chowk
- Daffodils Multi-Cuisine Restaurant
- Tulip Club, Ganapati Enclave
- Sagar Ratna
- Manoj Sweets, Dhobi Market
- Pammi’s National Bakery
Hotels in BathindaBathinda has many good hotels for the travelers to stay comfortably. Not only these places are comfortable and affordable to stay but sumptuous foods of various India State as well as international cuisines are offered in these hotels. Here is the list of hotels in Bathinda:
- Comfort Inn Tulip Heights
- Hotel Bahia Fort
- Hotel Iris
- Sepal Hotel
- Hotel Holiday Home
- Hotel Lake View
- Best Western Plus Stella
Best Time to Visit BathindaBathinda experiences extreme variation of temperature during winter and summer. Generally the weather of Bathinda City is very dry but during the months of May-July, the weather is very humid. During summer evening hot sand-laden winds can be experienced. From mid-August to mid-September, the city gets rain. Winters are pleasant though during extreme winter, temperature may reach zero degree. The best months to visit Bathinda and enjoy various activities like sightseeing, shopping, eating out and excursion in the nearby areas etc. are from October-March.
Tourist Information Office Bathinda
Bathinda Institute of Hotel Management
Indutrial Growth Center
Bathinda - 151001
Phone No.: 9465 380 552
Email Id: toBathinda@gmail.com