( Patiala )
capital of one of India's richest princely states, city of palaces
and museums, is a consumer goods emporium. Punjabi shoes, golden
and silver, shoes embroidered in several patterns and colours
to match dresses, silver and gold embroidered "naalas"
(or pyjama strings) parandhas (women weave them at the end of their
plaits or braids) of varied shapes and designs but uniformly beautiful
hand-woven head coverings, Phulkaris which can only be described
as embroidered epics and its vegetarian and non- vegetarian royal
cuisine are famous.
painted chamber of Kali Devi temple on the Mall is a protected monument.
midway between Patiala and Chandigarh is an old Mughal outpost with
a dilapidated fort. It is an important town today. Cables, tyres
and a whole range of agro-products are manufactured here.
famous Horlicks Company has a manufacturing unit at Nabha situated
at a distance of about 25 kms from Patiala.