Tourism in BatalaBatala makes its mark on the country’s map especially for being the “Iron Bird”. The city produces quality products of C.I. casting, agricultural and mechanical machinery. Though in the past Batala conceited itself on being the only city to produce quality castings in Asia, it still maintains its importance for most agricultural crowd in India and neighboring countries. Reasonably populated, the city mostly provides shelter to Punjabi community. Their major source of income is industrial goods produced for agriculture and woolen industries. Many people visit Batala to purchase industrial machinery requirements.
Major Tourist Attractions in BatalaLet us check the main tourist attractions that this city of Punjab has to offer:
Batala is known for its religious association to Hindus and Sikhs. It is the marital home of the founder of Sikhism, Guru Nanak Dev. The temples and Gurdwaras hence remain major attraction for devotees around the world.
- Gurdwara Kandh Sahib
- Gurdwara Achal Sahib
- Achleshwar Dham
It also is the preserver of rich history that unites the city to Pakistan and India. It is also related to the Mughal and British periods witnessed by the country.
- Baradari or Jal Mahal
- Baring Church College Chapel
- Maharaja Sher Singh Palace
- Hazira or Shamsher Khan’s tomb
- Sati Lakshmi Park
Traveling within BatalaBatala is an important industrial city of Punjab. Hence it is equipped with buses and private taxis for traveling within the city. Government buses ply the roads of Batala and connect the whole city. A tourist can book private cab from tourism offices in reasonable amount.
Hotels in BatalaOnline hotel booking for accommodation in Batala is still very naïve. The hotels do not have their own websites. It is best to land in the city and look for cheap but good accommodations near the Railway Junction. These hotels provide basic amenities and restaurants for meals. PTDC accommodations are available in Amritsar, the closest city from Batala. Only one hotel is available for online booking.
Hotel Metro’z Bal’z Batala: Near bus stand on Jalandhar road, this hotel can be booked online. It is very near to Gurdwara Kandh Sahib and accessible from both railway station and bus stations. The website is hotelmetrozbalz.com. Contact information is available on the hotel’s website.
Eating cum Accommodation Facilities
Wonder Hotel and Restaurant
Address: Jalandhar Road
Near Byepass chowk
Gurdaspur District, Batala
Phone Number - 1871-249400
Shastri Nagar, Batala
Pin Code - 143505
Nayyar's Best Chicken Corner
Near Shekhri House Chowk
Pin Code - 143505
For a quick hamburger and salads in western style, Batala does not provide many options. One may order fried chicken in the above restaurants. However, for burgers and chips one can opt for
LC Generates Hunger
Address: Akashdeep Complex
Pin Code - 143505
Phone Number - 1871-262354
How to Reach Batala
To complement a journey to this historical cum religious city, let us check the modes of transport to Batala:
Rail:It is best to avail train to reach Batala. Batala Junction station is connected with Jalandhar and Amritsar. The nearest main station is Amritsar which is situated 38 kms from Batala. Local trains ply from Amritsar station to Batala Junction. It is the cheapest mode of transport as well. Trains can also be boarded from Pathankot Railway Station.
Road:NH 15 is the main road that runs through Batala city. This highway joins the city with other major cities of Punjab . Punjab Tourism and Development Corporation buses rush through this road to destinations. Depending upon the budget, private cabs can be booked to reach Batala from Amritsar or Pathankot.
Air:Traveling by air is a little strenuous especially since the nearest airport is about 40 kms from the city. Private cabs are required to reach the city after the flight journey.
Best Time to Visit BatalaWhile planning a trip to this city, one must consider the pros and cons of sub-continental weather.
The weather of Batala is typical of Indian subcontinents. It remains quite hot in summer seasons and chilly during winters.
Occasional rain falls are expected during winter season. The minimum temperature can reach a few degrees in Batala. However, winters are not suitable for a trip to Batala especially since fog and sudden rainfall may interrupt the tour plan.
Since it is situated in Northern India, the maximum temperature reaches 45C in summer. Roaming around the city in such temperature can be uncomfortable. Summers require light cotton clothes and care from the sun. If not travelling in a car, umbrellas and sunscreens are must during summers.
It is best to visit Batala
during autumn season, especially during October and November. The
Achleshwar Dham festival and fair is also conducted during this time.
The weather remains fair for tourists providing soothing weather
conditions. Carrying a light shawl or thin jacket can be useful during
night travels at this time.
Important Contact Numbers for Tourists in Batala
- Batala SP (HQ): 01871-224617
- Batala Police Station: 01871-242145
- Ravi Hospital Batala: 01871-243940
- Fire Brigade: 01871-240101