Kapurthala

Kapurthala

About District

Location

Kapurthala district is in many ways an unique and harmonious blend of the glorious past, pulsating present and a promising future. What is probably the single most significant historical event of this region is the Enlightenment of Guru Nanak sahib in the year 1499, while bathing in the Bein rivulet, in the little town of Sultanpur Lodhi. It is after receiving this grace that he sowed the seeds of Sikh faith from here. Guru Nanak sahib spent 14 years of his life in this town, meditated under the Ber tree (which still exists) and journeyed from here to various parts of the world spreading the message of oneness. For anyone who imbibes his message, Sultanpur Lodhi is an overwhelming experience. It is this heritage of spiritualism that is evidenced even today in the peace-loving, harmonious and tolerant nature of the people of Kapurthala. It is in the rekindling of this lost spirit that the future of Punjab lies.

The vestiges of the royalty that ruled Kapurthala still gloriously mark the present day city of Kapurthala. It was one of the first cities in Punjab to get modern amenities like sewerage, drinking water and communication systems, which still work. The spectacular Jagatjit Palace styled after the French palace of Versailles is like a bejeweled crown in the landscape of Punjab. The unique Moorish Mosque, Shalimar garden, Panj Mandir, the stately Durbar Hall, the beautiful Kamera garden complex with the majestic rest house etc are major places of tourist attraction. Add to these the other tourist attractions like the scenic Kanjli wetland bird sanctuary near kapurthala , the Pushpa Gujral Science City and above all Sultanpur Lodhi, all in one compact area, this region comes alive like an enduring celebration. This star studded necklace of a tourist circuit has all the potential to be a major international tourist attraction.

Pushpa Gujral Science City is Kapurthala's other major tryst with modernity. A joint venture project of Governments of India and Punjab, it seeks to popularize science through 'edutainment'- education and entertainment.

History & Culture

Martial Kapurthala

Martial KapurthalaThe former Princely State of Kapurthala, located in the Jalandhar Doab of the Punjab, between the Rivers Sutluj and Beas, is said to have been founded in the early part of the 11th Century, in the time of Sultan Mahmud Ghazni by Rana Kapur, the mythical ancestor of the Ahluwalia Family, and a cadet of the Royal House of Jaisalmer. After the death of Nawab Adina Beg, the Mughal Governor of the Jalandhar Doab, in the middle of the 18th Century, Rai Ibrahim Khan, a petty Rajput chieftain of some local influence, established himself in an independent position in Kapurthala. He was dispossessed in 1780 by Baba Jassa Singh, the recorded founder of the Ahluwalia Misal or Clan, and the ancestor who founded the Ruling Dynasty of Kapurthala. Sardar Fateh Singh Ahluwalia, (1784 - 1836) the Ahluwalia Chief, was a contemporary and equal of Sardar Ranjit Singh as the Maharaja was known before his ascendancy to the throne of the Sikh Kingdom in 1801. Both these historical figures were co-signatories to the Treaty of Amritsar in 1806, when the Sikh Chiefs entered into a treaty with the East India Company, to halt the burgeoning Marhatta influence.

The Kapurthala Dynasty and the people of Kapurthala, have a hoary martial tradition, commencing with the military prowess of the legendary Baba Jassa Singh who was also known as "Bandi Chhor" or the "Deliverer from Captivity", after his exploit of rescuing hundreds of young non Muslim girls, being taken as captive slaves by the invading forces of Nadir Shah, and then sending them to their homes duly escorted by his soldiers.

Tourism

  • Moorish Mosque

    Moorish Mosque

    Kapurthala’s unique Moorish Mosque was designed by the same French architect who designed the Jagatjit Palace, and stands testimony to the ruler’s secularism.

    Kapurthala’s unique Moorish Mosque was designed by the same French architect who designed the Jagatjit Palace, and stands testimony to the ruler’s secularism. Inspired by the Qutbia Mosque in Marakesh (Morocco), the mosque was built in 1930 and consecrated in the presence of the Nawab of Bhawalpur. The inner dome was decorated by talented artists from Lahore’s Mayo School of Art, and is today, the only mosque of this style in South East Asia. The mosque is considered a National Monument by the Archaeological Survey of India, and various conservation bodies are in the process of restoring the building to its former glory.

  • Panj Mandir

    Panj Mandir

    Panj Mandir is a historic temple complex at the very heart of Kapurthala. These five interlinked temples were built during the reign of Sardar Fateh Singh Ahluwalia in the 18th century. The significant architectural feature of Panj Mandir is that all five idols are clearly visible from the main entrance to the complex.

    Panj Mandir is a historic temple complex at the very heart of Kapurthala. These five interlinked temples were built during the reign of Sardar Fateh Singh Ahluwalia in the 18th century. The significant architectural feature of Panj Mandir is that all five idols are clearly visible from the main entrance to the complex. As an added attraction, the pristine white compound is said to look especially beautiful on moonlit nights.

  • Pushpa Gujral Science City

    Pushpa Gujral Science City

    Built on the outskirts of Kapurthala on the Kapurthala-Jalandhar road, the Pushpa Gujral Science City sprawls across 72 acres and was created with the aim of infusing a modern, scientific temper into this predominantly agrarian. An impressive dinosau...

    Built on the outskirts of Kapurthala on the Kapurthala-Jalandhar road, the Pushpa Gujral Science City sprawls across 72 acres and was created with the aim of infusing a modern, scientific temper into this predominantly agrarian. An impressive dinosaur welcomes visitors into the museum grounds, and the galleries within cover a range of subjects, from the physical to the social sciences, engineering, evolution, health, nuclear science and robotics. A theatre screens large-format IMAX films, and a digital planetarium explores the wonders of space. There are also laser and 3D theatres, flight and earthquake simulators, a virtual reality gallery, a dinosaur park and a specially designed Fun Science centre that attracts children as much as their parents.

    Timings: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm Tickets: ` 50 (Adults), ` 30 (Students and Children), Children below 5 may enter free General Package: ` 150 (Adults), ` 100 (Students and Children) Deluxe Package: ` 170 (Adults), ` 115 (Students and Children) Boating: ` 25 (Adults), ` 20 (Students and Children)

  • Kanjli Wetland

    Kanjli Wetland

    Located on the Bein rivulet, the Kanjli Wetland’s water-spread area boasts 92 species of birds besides various kinds of mammals, amphibians and fish. It is a very popular site for bird watching and boating.

    Located on the Bein rivulet, the Kanjli Wetland’s water-spread area boasts 92 species of birds besides various kinds of mammals, amphibians and fish. It is a very popular site for bird watching and boating. Apart from its hydro-ecological importance, the wetland also draws sacred value from the sanctity accorded to the Bein rivulet – in which Guru Nanak Dev attained enlightenment.

  • Jagatjit Palace

    Jagatjit Palace

    Kapurthala, the royal seat of the Ahluwalias, has justifiably earned itself the sobriquet ‘Paris of Punjab’. Largely due to the buildings commissioned by Maharaja Jagatjit Singh a resolute Francophile, during his reign.

    Kapurthala, the royal seat of the Ahluwalias, has justifiably earned itself the sobriquet ‘Paris of Punjab’. Largely due to the buildings commissioned by Maharaja Jagatjit Singh, a resolute Francophile, during his reign. The palace bearing his name is the most emblematic of his architectural flourishes. Designed in 1906 by a French architect, the palace is clearly inspired by Versailles and Fontainebleau; its reception hall named after King Louis XIV, the most well known resident of the Palace of Versailles.

    The interiors of Jagatjit Palace incorporate a fascinating amalgamation of styles; the painted ceilings representing the finest aspects of French aesthetics while the Durbar Hall, which was used for ceremonial occasions, is entirely Indian in décor. Many of the roofs of the palace were made in the beaux-art style of the 19th century; the most striking is the Mansard roof, with a double slope and small, oval windows that recall those at the Louvre. Other parts of the palace feature pillars and fireplaces in Italian lapis lazuli and marble.

    Besides its intrinsic grandeur, the Jagatjit Palace houses the Maharaja’s collection of artefacts from across Europe. This includes the famous mechanical clock which shows planetary positions, the weather and time in 12 countries of Europe and Asia. Spread over 200 acres, the palace sits amidst a fabulous garden dotted with statues and fountains. The palace now houses the prestigious Sainik School which was established here in 1961.

  • Sultanpur Lodhi

    Sultanpur Lodhi

    Sultanpur Lodi is a sacred Sikh pilgrimage site associated with the founder of Sikhism, Guru Nanak, who lived here for 14 years. It is here that he gained enlightenment at the end of the 15th century. It is said he disappeared into the waters of the ...

    Sultanpur Lodhi is a sacred Sikh pilgrimage site associated with the founder of Sikhism, Guru Nanak, who lived here for 14 years. It is here that he gained enlightenment at the end of the 15th century. It is said he disappeared into the waters of the Bein rivulet, reappearing three days later as the enlightened Guru. His first words were as simple as they were true: ‘There is no Hindu, no Mussalman’. The grounds of the Gurdwara Ber Sahib here mark the spot where Guru Nanak entered the rivulet. The three-storeyed gurdwara was built by the Maharaja of Kapurthala in the mid 20th century and features slender octagonal pillars, a marble sanctum and stucco designs at the entrance.

    The town is dotted with gurdwaras commemorating events from Guru Nanak’s life. Along with Gurdwara Bebe Nanaki, built to honour Guru Nanak’s sister, is the Gurdwara Sant Ghat, about 2 kms upstream of Ber Sahib where he emerged from his three-day immersion in the Bein. Hatt Sahib honours the grain store where Guru Nanak was employed; the thirteen weights, used by the Guru to measure provisions are preserved here. The prison cell where the Guru was imprisoned under false charges is today the Gurdwara Kothri Sahib, and Guru ka Bagh is where Guru Nanak lived with his wife, Sulakhni, and their two sons, Baba Sri Chand and Baba Lakhmi Chand.

  • Durbar Hall

    Durbar Hall

    The stately Durbar Hall stands proudly at the heart of the city. It was, at one time the Court of Maharaja Jagatjit Singh, its creator. Maharaja`s annual birthday celebrations and other state rituals and ceremonies were also held here.

    The stately Durbar Hall stands proudly at the heart of the city. It was, at one time the Court of Maharaja Jagatjit Singh, its creator. Maharaja`s annual birthday celebrations and other state rituals and ceremonies were also held here. Most suitably, this complex today, is the District Courts Complex which houses the Court of the District and the Sessions Judge as well as the offices of the Deputy Commissioner. The Durbar Hall was completed in 1889. Its architecture represents Indo-Saracenic style. There is a beautiful upper deck gallery running on both sides. It unfolds stylized domes and canopies, and superb lattice work executed in stone. Facing the massive wooden door of the main entrance is a splendid bronze equestrian statue of Raja Randhir Singh.

  • Jagatjit Club

    Jagatjit Club

    Jagatjit Club is an elegant building situated in the heart of the city based on the Greek Revival style of architecture. Its design loosely resembles the Acropolis of Athens and features the Coat of Arms of the erstwhile ruling family of Kapurthala...

    Jagatjit Club is an elegant building situated in the heart of the city based on the Greek Revival style of architecture. Its design loosely resembles the Acropolis of Athens and features the Coat of Arms of the erstwhile ruling family of Kapurthala with their royal motto "Pro Rege et Patria" (For King and country) on its pediment. The building has been used for a variety of purposes since it was constructed, it was used as a church in the early nineteenth century, as a cinema hall in the 1940s and now houses a local club.

  • Harike Wetland and Wildlife Sanctuary

    Harike Wetland and Wildlife Sanctuary

    Harike, also known as Hari-ke-Pattan, is situated at the confluence of the Beas and Sutlej rivers. The wetland ecosystem, covering an area of 4,100 hectares, was created following the construction of the Harike barrage across the Sutlej River and is an internationally recognised Ramsar site.

    Harike, also known as Hari-ke-Pattan, is situated at the confluence of the Beas and Sutlej rivers. The wetland ecosystem, covering an area of 4,100 hectares, was created following the construction of the Harike barrage across the Sutlej River, and is an internationally recognised Ramsar site. During winters, thousands of migratory birds arrive from the Himalayas, Europe and Siberia, making it the best time of the year to visit it. Some of the regular visitors sighted in the sanctuary include the large cormorant, purple moorhen, bar-headed goose, white-winged tern, tufted duck and the white-eyed pochard. The wetlands are also home to several species of turtles, snakes and fish. The rare Indus River Dolphin can also be seen here. This beautiful aquatic mammal, considered extinct in east Punjab for decades, confirmed its return to Punjab waters. Given its endangered status, it is a privilege to sight these beautiful creatures.

    Season: November-February.

    How to reach: Nearest town to the wetland is Makhu(Ferozepur) Railway Station and Bus Stand is situated 10 km south of the Harike town, which connects to Ferozpur, Faridkot and Bhatinda by the National Highway.

  • RC Kapurthala Golf Course

    RC Kapurthala Golf Course

    The RCF golf course at Kapurthala is easily the best Railway course in the country . The railways has about 6 courses across the country & 2 in Punjab ( The other one is in Patiala) . This course is a challenging 18 hole , 6500 yard ,Par 72 layout & is famous because it was here that India’s golf star Gaganjeet Bhullar learnt his golf.

    The RCF golf course at Kapurthala is easily the best Railway course in the country . The railways has about 6 courses across the country & 2 in Punjab ( The other one is in Patiala) . This course is a challenging 18 hole , 6500 yard ,Par 72 layout & is famous because it was here that India’s golf star Gaganjeet Bhullar learnt his golf.

    The course is located in the campus of the Rail Coach Factory ( RCF) , which was set up in 1986 to build , as the name signifies coaches for the Indian railways . The golf course is an Oasis of green in the RCF complex & is lush & verdant. With water bodies , a mature tree line & adequate bunkering it is a interesting layout to play.

    The golf course was built in 1989 . The course has a clubhouse , proper driving range & is accessible to civilians & govt employees. 2 of the holes are also floodlit. Kapurthala is incidentally about 20 kms from Jalandhar & about 75 kms from Amritsar .The RCF complex is located another 8 Kms from Kapurthala City on the Firozpur/Sultanpur Lodhi Road. It is situated along the Jalandhar-Firozpur railway line in a place known as Hussainpur in Kapurthala District.

Accessibility

Airport
Airport

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Railways
Railways

Railway Station

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Bus Service
Bus Service

Bus Service

No Bus service exists

Tour Operators

WOW Cabs
#19/5, Kartar Nagar Phase 2,
Kartarpur Road, Kapurthala,
Punjab 144601
Ph. 0182 222 561
preetatq@yahoo.com

Guides

Mr Kunwar Pal Singh

(M)- 97819-99884
H.No.5,Aman Nagar, Near Tina Health Club, Kapurthala

Mr Ram Sarup Madan (Nature Guide)

Email ID:mail2yashu@gmail.com
(M)- 94171-42802
Tina Health Club 10 Aman Nagar, Near Batia Hospital, Kapurthala (Pb.)

Internet Cafes

Cyber Space Internet Cafe

Kapurthala Road, Kapurthala, Punjab

Jaspal Telecom and Cyber Cafe

B37/51, Kapurthala Road, Kapurthala,
Punjab 144601
0182 222 0512

Bansal Infosys (Cyber Cafe) Computer Hardware Store

Civil Hospital, Kapurthala Rd, Kapurthala,
Punjab 144601
0182 250 1844

Orange Web World

Near Capital Local Area Bank, Bus Stand Road, Kapurthala,
Punjab 144601
098 15 047777

Shopping

Complex Shopping Center

Kapurthala Road, Kapurthala, Punjab

Jaggi And Khinda Market

Kapurthala, Punjab

SportKing Showroom

Bhagat Singh Chowk, Kapurthala Rd, Kapurthala,
Punjab
0182 250 9786

Avtar furnishing and handloom

Sadar Bazar Kapurthala ,
Punjab 144601
098 15 194600

Flower Point Online.Com Kapurthala

D.C. Chowk, Opp. Hotel Shiven, Kapurthala,
Punjab 144601
099 15 576333

Golf

This is one of the two (the other being Patiala) golf courses run by the Indian Railways the RCF Golf Course stands out for its green and undulating layout. Located in the sprawling Rail Coach Factory complex, about 9 km from the town of Kapurthala, the 18-hole, and 115-acre facility has soft and sandy fairways marked by trees making it one of the most challenging golf courses in north India. Ace golfers Gaganjit Singh Bhullar and Asbir Saini are part of the club’s honours roll.

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