Qila Mubarak is an imposing structure located in the heart of Patiala
, about 29 km west of Ambala
. It is believed to have been built by Maharaja Ala Singh in 1764.
Originally this building was a mud fort. Later it was raised into a sprawling double storeyed structure with a massive gate having beautiful arches. Two painted chambers are seen inside the fort, illustrating the scenes from Hindu mythology and portraits of Sikh gurus in Patiala style.
The fort has two portions namely Quila Androon (the inner fort) and Quila Mubarak (the outer one). Decorated with geometrical and floral designs, the gate of the Quila Androon is made of lime plaster.
The living apartments of the fort are known by different names such as Jail Walla palace, Moti palace, Sheesh palace, Rajmata palace, palace of Colors and palace of Moon. Qila Mubarak also consists of two recreational structures - Putli (Puppet) Ghar and Bagh Ghar. The royal kitchen is known by the name 'Lassi Khana'.
Also, the best part of the fort is converted into a museum of chandeliers and famous weapons. Fitted with underground sewerage systems, the fort features a cool room connected with a tunnel that brings cool air from basement.
Patiala Railway Station, the nearest railhead, is on the Rajpura-Dhuri line. Patiala Bus Station is located on the National Highway 64.