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 EaseMyTrip.in and enjoy a memorable Kapurthala tour.
Mid-March - end June
June - end September
Annual rainfall -250 cm-325 cm
Late November To Mid-February
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 of Kapurthala.
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