Kapurthala, also referred to as the "City of Palaces and Gardens", is the administrative
headquarter of the Kapurthala district. As per legends this city gets its name from Rana
Kapura scion of the Rajput Gharana of Jaisalmer (Rajasthan), who founded this place
in the 11th century. The secular and scenic mix of the city with its prominent buildings
is based on French and Indo-Saracenic architecture that self-narrates its princely
past. This makes Kapurthala, a unique kaleidoscope of history and culture housing
varied range of attractions. Right from Jagatjit Palace to Panch Mandir to Gurudwara
Ber Sahib, it attracts a huge of tourists from country and across the globe. Explore
this wonderful city by booking any of the Kapurthala holiday packages offered by
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Best Sightseeing Places in Kapurthala
Before going for your Kapurthala vacation, be familiar with where you must visit during
Sainik School (Jagatjit Palace):
The Sainik School (erstwhile Jagatjit Palace) is housed in what was formerly the palace
of the former Maharaja of Kapurthala state, HRH Maharajah Jagatjit singh. The building
has a magnificent architecture based on the Palace of Versailles and Fontainebleau
sprawling over a total area of 200 acres. The palace was designed by a French
architect M. Marcel and built by a local builder Allah Ditta.
This Palace was constructed by Kanwar Bikrama Singh in the year 1862. Its wonderful
building with its imposing and stylish facade has now been converted into MGN School
A stunning example of the secular history of Kapurthala is the Moorish Mosque, a
popular replica of the Grand Mosque of Marakesh, Morocco. It was built by a French
architect, Monsieur M Manteaux.
This elegant building is located in the heart of the city and has a Greek Revival style of
architecture. This building has been used for a variety of purposes since it was built. It
was used as a church in the early nineteenth century, as a cinema hall in 1940s and
now houses a local club.
Shalimar Gardens are situated in the centre of the city and provide an escape from the
hustle-bustle of the city. These Shahi Samadhs (The Royal Cenotaphs) in the Shalimar
Gardens emphasize the traditions of its ruling Dynasty. Also, the nearby- a grand
structure built in 1880 and built on a marble plinth, houses the Samadhs of Maharajas
Kharak Singh, Jagatjit Singh and Paramjit Singh.
Panch Mandir (Five Temples):
Panch Mandir of Kapurthala is a wonderful place of worship for all faiths. The temple
complex features a spectacular edifice and is home to five small temples. It was
constructed during the reign of Sardar Fateh Singh. A unique feature of this temple is
that from the entry door, you can see all the five idols and pay obeisance to all.
Other Famous Attractions:
Some of the other places worth visiting are The State Gurdwara, Pushpa Gujral Science
City, Gurudwara Ber Sahib and Kanjli Wetlands
Best Time for Holidaying in Kapurthala
Kapurthala enjoys sub-tropical continental monsoon type climate, which is quiet typical
in northern Indian states. Right from the month of October through March is considered
to be the ideal time to explore this city. So, plan your Kapurthala trip accordingly and
enjoy sightseeing and other outdoor activities.
Things to Buy from Kapurthala
While talking about shopping, people usually love to buy the traditional items that are
easily available at the local markets. The Phulkari and traditional Punjabi jewelry are
some of the items that are very famous of Kapurthala. You should better avoid going
to the malls and target the local markets to get more flavor of this fabulous city. Don't
forget to enjoy the famous and delicious Makki Di Roti and Sarson ka Saag (in winter)
and deliciously cooked stuffed parathas, lentils, Chole Bhature and mouth-watering
sweets like Pinnis. In fact, you can get kilos of sweets back home for your friends and
Explore Options to Reach Kapurthala
Before booking your Kapurthala holiday packages, you should know about the modes
to reach this city. Read on to more:
Amritsar airport is the nearest International airport to Kapurthala (one and half hrs drive
away). You can hire taxis to reach here.
The city has its own railway station called as Kapurthala Railway Station. The station
connects this city to major cities like, Delhi, Jammu, Bathinda, Jalandhar, Ferozpur and
Kapurthala city has good connectivity of buses from various cities of North India.
It is 20 Kms from Jalandhar, 68 Kms from Amritsar, 63 Kms from Batala, 81 Kms
from Ludhiana, 176 Kms from Patiala, 190 Kms from Ambala City, 170 Kms from
Chandigarh, 250 Kms from Shimla and is linked through Punjab State Road Transport
Corporation (PSRTC) and some private travel services. Select any of the modes for
Kapurthala travel and enjoy your holiday.