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Moti Bagh Palace in Patiala, Punjab is considered as as one of the largest residences in the world and it served as the principal residence of the Patiala royal family till late 1940s. Subsequently the royal family moved over to the New Moti bagh Palace which became a permanent residence for them rich.
The old quarters were built in the1840s by Maharajah of Patiala Narinder Singh and it saw expansion during the rule of Maharajah Bhupinder Singh in 1920 under the expert guidance of Sir Ganga Ram. When India became an independent country, the Government of India took over the palace from Maharajah Yadavindra Singh, and later made it into a museum, a taxidermy gallery, and North Zone Cultural Center. In its East wing there the National Institute of Sports (NIS) and is named after Nethaji Subbash Chandra Bose. Here, athletes, coaches of various games, sport teachers and others undergo training. It is also the venue for the annual Patiala Heritage festival.
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New Moti bagh was the residence of Maharaja Patiala Captain Amarinder Singh. A sum of Rs. five crores was spent on the construction, a whooping sum in those days. It is close to the Old Moti Bagh Palace (just 2 km ) and is built on a plot of 160 acres of prime land. This beautiful palace has outstanding intricate artistic works and designs that bear testimony to the talented Indian artisans and craftsmen of the past age.
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Being a four storied attractive structure, it has gigantic stone walls with an arched opening. Rajasthani style of architecture is followed with beautiful facade and lots of Chattris along with Jharokhas. The highly decorative grill work around the palace is amazingly ornamental and it enhances its appearance. It has a palace made of glasses called Sheesh Mahal. There are two huge water tanks on both sides of the front area of Sheesh Mahal. There is a fascinating rope bridge called Lakshman Jhoola, connecting Motibagh Palace with Bansar Garh that houses the Natural History Gallery. It has lots of stuffed animals and birds on display.
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The old Moti Bagh has many terraces where the royal family of Patiala used to go for a casual walk in the evening. The surrounding places of Patiala have many water ways and beautifully landscaped gardens. November and February is the best time to visit.