During my stay in Punjab I wanted to experience each and every bit of the state in every possible way. I had already visited a few of the famous places of the state, including a few national parks. It was the last ancient repository, which I was to visit in Bhatinda before I left the city. Therefore, I planned to visit the Qila Mubarak complex.
The Qila Mubarak complex was built in the eighteenth century in the year 1763. The entire complex is spread across an area of 10 acres of land. There is a magnificent hall that opens its arms when you enter into the Qila. There is the collection of arms and amours that were once used by Guru Gobind Singh.
The inner part of the Qila is said to be Qila Androon, while it also has a set of apartments like Moti palace, Rajmata palace, Sheesh palace, palace of moon, palace of colors, and finally the Jail wala palace, which was meant for the royal prisoners during that time. There are colorfully painted chambers and recreational structures called Bagh Ghar and Putli Ghar.
Qila Mubarak is tucked away far from the heart of the city and is situated in an isolated area in Bhatinda. The city’s market, Dhobi Bazaar is not much far away from the qila but still one cannot find the distance walkway. The majestic Qila Mubarak also possesses several colorful birds in its vicinity. A large number of pigeons are found around the place and they are fed by the local people and tourists visiting the place.
The whole fort is now under the maintenance of the Gurudwara members as a gurudwara is still found inside the qila under maintained views. One of the most striking parts of the qila is the underground sewerage tank, which helps to cook food for hundreds and thousands of people under one roof. The high boundary wall of the qila is spectacular and I took lots of pictures as I am fond of photography. I captured some good stills in my lenses, which will serve the purpose of keeping my memories afresh for a long time.