Bathinda, known by invaders as Tabar-e-Hind or Tabarhindh-meaning the Gateway to India, is a city and Municipal Corporation in Southern part of Punjab. After a lot of negative stories appeared in the media, some abusing it as ‘backwater’ and others fearing visiting it for being the place infamous due to the presence of Cancer-like deadly diseases, DailyPost lensman Kulbir Beera has taken an initiative to bring the positive picture of the city before you all, through this short article supported by a variety of colourful and breathtaking photograph.
Bathinda district in Punjab is one of the oldest districts of Punjab, situated in the heart of Malwa region. It is said that Bathinda was build by rulers of Punjab ‘Bhatti Rao’ in 6th Century AD and then the city was called by the name of ‘Bhatti Vinda’ after their surname and now it is called as Bathinda. The district has three sub divisions – Bathinda, Rampura Phul, and Talwandi Sabo. Bathinda is also known as “The city of Lakes” for its five artificial lakes in the city. The lakes now offer water sports and also a Kerala-like Shikara ride.
Further, the local development authority has also developed the three water reservoirs of the municipal water works into Joggers’ Park, with also creating cycling track and beautiful landscapes there. Even if it can’t beat the grace of one in Chandigarh, the city has a beautiful Rose Garden which also contributes making the city stand distinguished from other towns of the region.
The first empress of India, Razia Sultan was imprisoned in the Qila Mubarak fort in Bathinda. The fort here has got detailed mention in history books as in 1004, Mahmood Ghazni besieged the local fort, which was located on the route from the northwest into the rich Ganges valley. In 1189, Muhammad Ghori attacked and occupied the fort of Bathinda. Prithvi Raj Chauhan, the ruler of this region, managed to recover possession of the fort thirteen months later in 1191 after the first battle of Tarain.
This one of the largest foodgrain and cotton markets in northern India, Bathinda is a home of Central University of Punjab and upcoming All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). Besides, Guru Nanak Dev Thermal Plant located in the city, one more such plant Guru Hargobind Thermal Plant is located at Lehra Mohabbat, just 30 kms from the main city.
The city has prestigious fertilizers plant-National Fertilizers Limited (NFL). At some distance from the city, Bathinda district has huge oil refinery-Guru Gobind Singh Refinery. It is also home of two cement plants, Ambuja Cement and UltraTech Cement Limited.
For amusement, the city has Deer Park, where the administration is now all set to introduce leopards too. Bathinda was once accorded with the status of the largest railways junctions of the country for it having tracks leading to six different directions. It also has huge Army Cantonment, which was once having the title of Asia’s largest one. The city now connected with four lane highways from all sides, has all big brands of food junctions and cinemas.
Above all, the fifth temporal seats if the Sikhism-Takht Damdama Sahib is also located in the district, at 30 kms from the main city. So, better don’t get driven by the negative reports and opt for having a first-hand experience.