A Walk Through the Past
Qila Mubarak, situated in Bhatinda, is one of the oldest surviving forts in India.
The hustle bustle of the city, the honking of the vehicles and everyday chatter fades away as one enters the narrow pathway that leads to an open expanse of manicured lawns. Spread across 15 acres, Qila Mubaarak, is a sight to behold, even with small pockets of crumbling ruins that the Archeological Survey of India is yet to work on.
What makes the Qila popular, however, is how it is brimming with stories from the past. Razia Sultana, the first lady ruler of the Delhi Sultanate, was kept imprisoned in this fort after she was defeated and dethroned. Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth guru of the Sikhs, also visited this place. A Gurdwara was later constructed within the fort to commemorate his visit. Many visitors also come in to see the cannons that Babur brought with him to India. Four of them, made of an alloy of silver, gold, copper and iron are there in this fort for viewing.
A majestic and old-fashioned doorway welcomes visitors to the Qila Mubarak and gives them a regal feel. Qila Mubarak is also one of the highest forts that have been constructed with small bricks. Owing to its height, vistors can delight in a panoramic view of the entire town of Bhatinda.
According to the ASI staff, the fort is blessed at all times of the day. Guru kaLangar is served to those visiting the fort and the Gurdwara for blessings. During all the festivals and holidays the fort is lit up from outside and is a sight to behold.