Faridkot, a district of Punjab, is a renowned cotton market of southeastern Asia. After its creation in 1972 from Ferozpur and Bathinda, it was given an independence status from the districts of Moga and Muktsar. A ruler named Mokalsi created it in 13th century. A fort was created and a renowned saint named Baba Farid was called upon to show his miraculous powers. The city was renamed after this saint whose religious verses have found a mention in sacred book of Sikhs.
HOW TO REACH
Amritsar airport, (Raja Sansi International Airport) is the closest and major International airport situated near Faridkot. It is located around 125 km from the city. Airport has both domestic and international flights, which are well connected to several important cities of the country. It receives flights from the various places such as London, Tehran and Toronto, and well connected to Dubai, Muscat, Abu Dhabi and Delhi.
Cabs (taxis) are available form the airport to Faridkot city. For non A/C Sedan (vehicle) they charge nearly Rs 7 per kilometer.
The city of Faridkot owns a railway station which connects to different places, such as Bathinda, Ferozpur, New Delhi, Jaipur etc. Amritsar Junction is the nearest major Railway Station for the city. The city of Faridkot lies on the Firozepur-Bathinda-Delhi Railway line and it belongs to Northern Railway. Comparatively travelling in train is easy and popular option. It is better to book your tickets in advance to avoid hurry.
By roadways, you can arrive here by bus from Punjab and Haryana. It is connected by road with Chandigarh (218 km), Bathinda (65 km), Muktsar (45 km) and Firozepur (32 km).
WHAT TO SEE
Qilla Mubarak :-
Known for its nicely carved architecture, Qilla Mubarak is a place worth visiting in Faridkot. Founded by Mokalsi and refurbished by Hamir Singh, the structure houses a royal palace, Tosha Khana, and Treasury buildings. A nice garden that rests within the premises is noticeable. The place is quiet charming and reminds you of the period of antiquity to which it belongs.
Raj Mahal :-
Sprawled over 15 acres, this exclusive palace was constructed under the authority of Balbir Singh. Construction of the fort took three year to complete. As you look at its design, you will notice the influence of French design on it. The entrance is a perfect example of excellent art; called Raj Deori, the entrance comprises of a hospital named Balbir.
Darbar Ganj :–
Godari Sahib :-
A Gurudwara of 1982, Godari Sahib is extended to a distance of four kilometers. A tank named Sant Sarovar is also present here and is frequented by a large number of tourists. The devotees take a sacred bath hereÂ every Thursday. The place is associated with Baba Farid who left a jacket here before making an entry to Faridkot.
Tilla Baba Farid :-
This tourist destination lies close to Qilla Mubarak; at this revered place, Baba Farid did deep mediation for a stretch of 40 days. Devotees take part in Shabad Kirtan ceremony; langar is offered to all the visitors. In order to venerate Baba, devotees gather here every Thursday.
Fairy Cottage :–
This lovely cottage, a tourist hub located at about 7 kilometers from the destination, is present at Chahal Road. The structure was erected in 1910-11 by Brijender Singh.
Check Tower :-
It adorns the entrance of Fairy Cottage and built during the reign of Brijender Singh.
Tibbi Sahib :–
Known for the huge congregation of devotees who gather here in the month of Phagun, Tibbi sahib was constructed to immortalize the sacrifice of Sikhs in Jaitu Morcha. Guru Govind Singh paid a visit to Jaitu on April 15, 1706 and practiced arrow shooting along with other Sikh soldiers.
ShoppingÂ in Faridkot is a delightful experience for the avid shopper. The state of Punjab has a fairly rich tradition ofÂ handicraftsÂ andÂ handlooms.Â The state is noted for exquisite handicrafts likeÂ phulkarisÂ (traditional embroidery), lacquered woodwork, jewelry etc. These are the items, you should look for while shopping in Faridkot.Â Also go for theÂ Punjabi jutisÂ (shoes), which are typical of this region. Hand-woven carpets, blankets, woolen garments and of courseÂ Patiala salwarÂ (the traditional Indian garments with a Punjabi twist in design) are hit with those who want to do some shopping in Faridkot.
Punjabi cuisineÂ is food from theÂ PunjabÂ regions ofÂ IndiaÂ andÂ Pakistan. Since both Indian Punjab and Pakistani Punjab are historically North Indian regions, so Punjab carry all the specialties of North Indian regions.