Bathinda

Bathinda

About District

Bathinda District is situated in the Southern part of Punjab State in the heart of Malwa region. It forms part of newly created division Faridkot Revenue Commissioners Division and is situated between 29o-33 & 30o-36 North latitude and 74o-38 and 75o-46 East longitude. The district is surrounded with Sirsa and Fatehabad of Haryana State in the south, Sangrur and Mansa district in the East, Moga in the North-east and Faridkot & Muktsar in the North-west.

Origin

The district derives its name from the district headquarters town of Bathinda, which is of great antiquity. According to Khalifa Muhammad Hassan, author of History of Patiala, its ancient name was Bikramgarh. According to raverty, Bathinda was known as Tabarhindh (Labb-ut-Twarikh). According to Ibn Batuta it was known as Batrind. The earliest mention of Tabarhindh occurs in the "Jami-Ul-Hakayat" written about 607 Hijri or 1211 AD. According to "Ainai-Barar Bans" Bathinda was built by Bhati Rao, son of Bal Band, who became ruler of Punjab in 336 Bikrami Sambat. He also founded Bhatner. It was also called Whatinda and Bitunda which finally become known as Bhatinda. But its name was changed to Bathinda on the authority of Survey of India to conform to the phonetical expression as locally pronounced. In recent times the town was conquered by Maharaja Ala Singh (near about 1754 AD) and since then it followed the history of erstwhile princely state of Patiala. With the dawn of indendence and merger of Patiala and East Punjab States into a division styled at PEPSU, Bathinda become full fledged district which states has combined even after the merger of PEPSU with erstwhile Punjab State in 1956.

It consists of 285 villages out of which 281 are inhabited and 4 are uninhabited, eight towns and One census town.

District Administration

Duties Of Deputy Commissioner

The Deputy Commissioner is the Chief Revenue Officer as District Collector and is responsible for collection of Revenue and other Govt. dues recoverable as arrears of Land Revenue. He deals with the Natural Calamities like draught, unseasonal rains, hailstorms, floods and fire etc.

Under the Registration Act the District Collector exercise the Powers of Registrar of the District and he controls and supervises the work of Registration of deeds. He also function as Marriage Officer under the Special Marriage Act, 1954. Further under the Cinematograph Act, the District Magistrate is the Licencing Authority in his jurisdiction. The administration of the Police in a district is vested in the District Superintendent, but under the General direction of the District Magistrate as per provisions of section 4 of the Indian Police Act, 1861.

Rule 1.15 of the Punjab Police Rules, 1934, also provides the powers of District Magistrate as under:

The District Magistrate is the head of the Criminal Administration of the District and the Police force is the instrument provided by Government to enable him to enforce his authority and fulfill his responsibility for the maintenance of Law & Order. The police force in a District is, therefore, placed by Law under the General control and direction of the District Magistrate, who is responsible that it carries out its duties in such a manner that effective protection is afforded to the public and against lawlessness and disorder."

Tourism

  • Bhagwathi Mandir

    Bhagwathi Mandir

    Legend ascribes the building of Bhagwathi Mandir to a 17th century miracle. Two devotees from Maiser Khana lit a fire to offer prayers to goddess Bhagwathi, the presiding deity at Jwalamukhi temple, where they were headed. It is said that her vision appeared and asked them to return to their village and worship her there instead. The temple, thus built, continues to draw hordes of devotees during the biannual fairs held here since.

  • Mazaar of Pir Baba Haji Rattan

    Mazaar of Pir Baba Haji Rattan

    The mazaar (mausoleum) of Pir Baba Haji Rattanmarks the site where the mystic used to meditate. Its religious significance is heightened by the fact that both Guru Nanak and Guru Gobind Singh visited it. This place of worship continues to attract people of all faiths even today.

  • Qila Mubarak

    Qila Mubarak

    The fort at Bathinda is possibly the oldest in Punjab, going back as far as the early Christian era. Intended as a safeguard against invasion, the Qila Mubarak resembles a great big schooner soaring over dusty plains.

    The fort at Bathinda is possibly the oldest in Punjab, going back as far as the early Christian era. Intended as a safeguard against invasion, the Qila Mubarak resembles a great big schooner soaring over dusty plains. It was ruled by successive dynasties, each of which, including Baba Ala Singh of Patiala, has left an indelible mark on its construction. The Qila Mubarak is associated with a celebrated historical romance. Malik Ikhtiar-ud-din Altunia, the 13th century governor of Bathinda rebelled against Empress Razia Sultan, one of the post powerful rulers of the Delhi Sultanate, and imprisoned her here. They are said to have fallen in love during her captivity and gotten married there after.

  • Sri Damdama Sahib

    Sri Damdama Sahib

    Takhat Sri Damdama Sahib was developed as a centre of Sikh learning by Guru Gobind Singh and is considered one of the five Sikh Takhats. The Guru rested here after the battle at Muktsar, earning the place its name which means breathing or resting place.

    Takhat Sri Damdama Sahib was developed as a centre of Sikh learning by Guru Gobind Singh and is considered one of the five Sikh Takhats. The Guru rested here after the battle at Muktsar, earning the place its name which means breathing or resting place. It was here Guru Gobind Singh prepared copies of the Guru Granth Sahib before dispatching them to the other Takhats. It was also from Damdama Sahib that the Guru issued his hukumnamas (edicts) to the Sikh congregation. A bir of the Guru Granth Sahab prepared by Baba Deep Singh, and a seal belonging to Guru Gobind Singh can be viewed here. In close proximity to the Gurdwara is the Burj Baba Deep Singh, named after the martyr, and marks the site where he used to meditate.

  • Thermal Lakes

    Thermal Lakes

    Boating at thermal lakes itself is a pleasure. One can enjoy boat ride on Kashmir-style shikaras.

  • Deer Park

    Deer Park

    Mini Zoo (Deer Park) Bir Talab : This Mini Zoo is situated approximately 5 km from Bathinda City. It is located in Bir Talab Forest area. The Deer Park is surrounded by a boundary wall. The total livestock position in this mini zoo is around 250. The wildlife species mainly found in this Mini Zoo are Black Buck, Samber Deer, Spotted Deer, Bonnet Macaque, Budgerigar, Cockatiel, Dove, Red Munia, Parrots, White Sparrow and Indian Peafowl.

    Timings: 9 to 5 PM, Ticket Rs. 5 , Monday Closed

  • Rose Garden

    Rose Garden

    The Garden boasts vast number of varieties of Roses. It is visited by large number of people on weekends. It is a good picnic spot.

    It has Mini AppuGhar inside, with various exciting rides for kids like mini train, Coulombs, Bumpy Slides etc.

    Timings: 9 AM to 9 PM

  • Bahia Fort

    Bahia Fort

    The Fort built in 1930, belonged to a group of 22 villages, so called Bahia Sahib. It was as official residence of armed forces of Maharaja Bhupinder Singh Patiala State. Now it has been converted into a Four Star Hotel.

    Website: http://www.hotelbahiafort.com External website that opens in a new window

  • Maiser Khana Mandir

    Maiser Khana Mandir

    MaiserKhanais a temple built to honour the goddesses Durga and JwalaJi. It is built 29 kilometers away from Bathinda on Bathinda-Mansa Road. Each year two grand melas are held here on ashtmi.

    MaiserKhanais a temple built to honour the goddesses Durga and JwalaJi. It is built 29 kilometers away from Bathinda on Bathinda-Mansa Road. Each year two grand melas are held here on ashtmi. According to a legend, long ago, a person called "Kamala", having failed to undertake hazardous pilgrimage to far off Jwalaji,underwent a lifelong penance to honour Durga for her darshan and the goddess was pleased to grant him a vision twice a year, so two melas are held each year. People gather from almost all over from Punjab and even nearby states to join in singing hymns in praise of the deity. This is also considered important from political point of view because both Sikhs and Hindus gather with equal enthusiasm.It was one of the nine spots the Bathinda administration claimed would be developed to turn the district into tourist hub of Punjab.

Accessibility

Airport
Airport

Nearest Airport

Shri Guru Ram Das ji International Airport, Amritsar
Telephone Number: 91-183-2214166
Shaheed Bhagat Singh Airport,Chandigarh
Telephone Number: 91-172-2659886
Sahnewal Airport, Ludhiana
Telephone Number: 91-161-2844569

Railways
Railways

Railway Station

Bathinda Railway Stataion.
Telephone Number: 139

Bus Service
Bus Service

Bus Service

Bathinda Bus Stand.
Telephone Number: 91-164-2215143

Accomodation

Hotel Krishna Continental

Phone: +91 164 2240309
Email: hotel_krishnacontinenttal@yahoo.co.in
Website: www.krishnacontinental.com External website that opens in a new window
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ATM

Punjab National Bank ATM's

BANK STREET BHATINDA PUNJAB, 151001 0164-2252717, 2252008 V.K.SARDANA

ARYA SAMAJ CHOWK BHATINDA, PUNJAB 0164-2237487-3872 K G KAUSHAL

CIVIL LINES, BHATINDA, PUNJAB 0164-2240094 V K RAJPUT

KIKAR BAZAR BHATINDA, PUNJAB 151001 0164-2237493 GURPIAR SINGH

BIWI WALA ROAD, NEAR DAV COLLEGE ROAD BHATINDA PB 151001 0164-2213062 ASHOK K JINDAL

ARMY SCHOOL BHATINDA CANTT PUNJAB 151001 0164-2290577 SHAM LAL GARG

BABA FARID GROUP OF INST MUKTSAR ROAD, DEON DIST BATHINDA PB 151001 09855598330 S K GOYAL

MEHRAJ DISTT BATHINDA PUNJAB 151105 BHATINDA PUNJAB 151001

CURRENCY CHEST PNB BANK BAZAR 0164-2290577 SHAM LAL GARG

RETAIL ASSET BRANCH BHATINDA AMRIK SINGH ROAD BHATINDA PUNJAB 9417033100

IDBI Bank ATM's

Hazi Ratan Chowk, Bathinda

Bibi Wala Road, Near Maruti Showroom Bathinda

SBI ATM's

Bathinda Cantt, Bathinda

Bus Stand, Bathinda

Sirki Bazar, Bathinda

Bank Bazar, Bathinda

Tour Operators

Cox and King

opposite Zila parisad, Bathinda
Telephone No. 91-164-5012150, 91-8146654170

Om namo tour and travels

Near Patiala Nurshing Home, Goniana Road, Bathinda
Telephone No. 91-997740761

Wahe Guru Travels

Near Bus Stand Rampura Phul, Bathinda
Telephone No. 91-9815253712

Sidhu Travels

100 Ft. Road,Shant nagar, Bhagu Road, Bathinda
Telephone No. 91-9988140133

Guides

Mr Amrinder Singh

(M)- 95309-79035, 9915468897
H.No. 20149,ST.23., GTB Nagar BibiWala Road, Bathinda, Punjab

Internet Cafes

Cyber cafe

Guru Gobind Singh Nagar ,Street No 10 main,, Bathinda, Punjab 151001
099 14 595932

Bahia Computers And Cyber Café

Street no. 5, paras ram nagar, Bathinda, Punjab 151001
094 17 400270

Sign in cyber cafe

Bathinda, Punjab

Theatres

Fun Cinema

Amrik Singh Road,Mittal Mall, Bathinda
Telephone No.: 91-8872233333

Big Cinema

City Center Mall, Bathinda
Telephone No.: 91-9316221214

O.S.R Cinemas Pvt Ltd

3rd floor ,HBN Peninsula Mall,
Opp lake no 3, Goniana Road
Bathinda (pb)
Telphone No.: 0164 2270800
Email: info@qcinemas.in

Sukhraj

GT Road, Bathinda

Pukhraj

GT Road, Bathinda

Udang Cinema

GT Road, Bathinda

Harchand Cinema

GT Road, Bathinda

Ajaib Cinema

Amrik Singh Road, Bathinda

Shopping

  • Dhobi Bazar
  • Sirki Bazar
  • Kikar Bazar
  • Gandhi Market
  • Mall Road
  • Mehna Chowk

Distances from Bathinda

Chandigarh 230km
Delhi 299km
Amritsar 188km
Ludhiana 150km

Tourist Information Office

Tourist Officer

Room No-223E,
District Complex, Bathinda-151001
Telephone No.: 91-9465380552
E-Mail: tobathinda@gmail.com
Website: www.punjabtourism.gov.in External website that opens in a new window

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