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About Faridkot

Named after Baba Sheik Fariduddin, the great Sufi Saint, the historic city of Faridkot was established by Raja Mokalsi in the 13th century. Located in the state of Punjab, India it is a district headquarter comprising of three districts namely Mansa, Bathinda and Faridkot. A religious & historic city people come here to seek the blessings of Baba Sheikh Farid whose teachings & verses are present in Guru Granth Sahib, the religious book of the Sikhs.

About Faridkot

With many tourist places of historical & religious importance and greenery spread all around it is a must visit place. Well connected to all major cities through a rail & road network, the city can be easily reached from all corners of India. Till today the many tourist attraction spread in and around the city are a proof of its glorious past and rich cultural heritage. So a visit to Punjab is incomplete without a visit to the city of Faridkot.

History of Faridkot

Faridkot is an ancient town with its history dating back to the Indus Valley Civilization with many sites which were excavated having remains of those times. In 1803 it came under the rule of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, but later some parts of it came under the British influence. The area was dominated by Muslims before the Indo-Pak partition; the many mosques in the region are now being looked after by the Sikhs. The district was last ruled by Maharaja Harinder till 1947, when India gained independence all princely states were abolished and the region came under the rule of Indian Government. Since then the district is a part of Punjab State and run by a duly elected government.

Geography & Climate of Faridkot

Located at an elevation of 196 metres (643 ft), Faridkot has a plain topography and falls under the fertile Satluj Ganga plain. About 1.5% of the district is covered under forest area. Though no major river passes from here but the area is covered by a canal network comprising of Bikaner, Sirhind and Rajasthan Canals which provide drainage to the area. Like the rest of Punjab, the climate of Faridkot District is divided into summer, rainy & winter seasons. The summers are very hot and dry with temperatures going up to about 45°C. At the end of June the Rainy Season or Monsoon starts and the region records an annual rainfall of about 433mm providing the much needed relief. Winters last from late October to March with January being the coldest month, the temperatures ranges from maximum 20 °C to minimum of 4.5 °C. Cold winds and fog can be witnessed during this time.

Administration of Faridkot

Before Independence the district was a Princely State ruled by the last Maharaja of Faridkot, after Independence, in 1948 it became a part of Patiala & East Punjab States Union (PEPSU). On 7th August 1972, Faridkot was given the status of a separate district by merging Bathinda & Firozpur regions. Today Faridkot has been divided into 8 Sub-Divisions, 8 Tehsils and 9 Sub-Tehsils with a total area of 1475.70 km² for administrative purposes. The Deputy Commissioner is the main head who looks after all functions like collection of Revenue, dealing with Natural Calamities and other public utility services. A team starting from the Additional Deputy Commissioner, Sub Divisional Officers (Civil), Tehsildar/ Naib Tehsildar, Kanungos to the Patwaris assist the Deputy Commissioner in all the day-to-day administrative functions. The Police department led by the DIG ensures proper law & order and a safe environment for the residents of the city. The district has 1 Parliamentary seat and 3 Assembly seats.

Deputy Commissioner Office, Faridkot
Mini Sectt. Faridkot
Ph: . 001639-251051

Tourists Places in Faridkot

Faridkot is famous for religious places like Mosques & Gurdwaras, where hundreds of devotees come to offer prayers. Besides this the city has a number of historical sites, bustling markets, cinema-halls, restaurants and parks adding to the charm. The city also boosts of a Hockey Ground of International Level where both national and district level matches are held. The tourists coming to Faridkot are spellbound by its rich cultural heritage, folk-art, delicious food and the warm hospitality of its people.

Victoria Clock Tower

Profile of FaridkotA must –visit place and a prominent landmark of Faridkot City is the Victoria Clock Tower which is about 60 feet high. A magnificent building painted in yellow and green colour, it has four big clocks pointing in the four different directions. Tourists make it a point to visit this Tower while on a visit to historic city of Faridkot.

Qilla Mubarak

This historical Fort tells the tales of bygone era when kings & maharajas ruled this place. A much-visited tourist place the fort is famous for is famous for its beautiful architecture & magnificent structure. As per history the fort has witnessed various attacks and has renovated by many kings like Raja Mokalsi, Hamir Singh, Raja Bikram Singh. Raja Balbir Singh, etc. The fort has a many beautiful constructions like the Royal Palace, Tosha Khana, Modi Khana & Treasury Buildings and a lovely garden within its premises.

Darbar Ganj

Darbar Ganj is a magnificent bungalow having a beautiful garden and well-built rooms. The place has now been modernised and is serving as the Circuit House. When the guests from other states visit Faridkot they stay at the Darbar Ganj.

Fairy Cottage & Check Tower

A serene place, this beautiful cottage was built during 1910 –11 by the then Maharaja Brijinder Singh for his holiday excursions. Located on Chahal Road at a distance of about 7 kms from the city of Faridkot, this has now become a popular tourist spot. A magnificent Tower is present at the entrance of the Fairy cottage adding to the beauty and charm of the place.

Raj Mahal

The beautiful Royal Palace or Raj Mahal as it is popularly called was constructed during 1885–1889 by Maharaja Bikrama Singh. The then Crown Prince Balbir Singh, was the first person to reside in this palace with his family. Built in a palatial French architectural design the Palace is quiet huge having an area of more than 15 acres. Beautiful green lawns, intricate designs, magnificent glass windows, antique furniture and rich furnishings add to the royal glamour of the palace. The entrance of this heritage building is called Raj Deori, which depicts the royal grandeur of those times. This Palace is now serves a noble cause as the building is being used to house the Balbir Hospital offering medical services to needy patients.

Shaheed Bhagat Singh Park

Developed in the memory of the great Freedom Fighter - Shaheed Bhagat Singh this park is present in the heart of Faridkot city. This lovely park has a number of slides & swings where children love to play. With lush green lawns, blooming flowers and tall green trees Shaheed Bhagat Singh Park is thus a favourite place for people from all walks of life. Tourists visiting the city come here to watch the catch a glimpse of the amazing sunset scene in the evening.

Gurdwara Tilla (Chilla) Baba Farid

A historic Gurdwara, which is as old as the town itself, this Gurdwara was constructed in the memory of Baba Farid. It is believed that Baba Farid did meditation here for 40 days now known as the Tilla Baba Farid. One can still see a preserved small piece of wood which is now considered sacred with which Baba Ji had cleaned his hands. Every day Shabad-Kirtan is recited here and Langar is served without any discrimitation of caste or creed and rich or poor. On Thursday which is auspicious days of the Sufi Saint a large number of devotees come here to offer prayers.

Gurdwara Godari Sahib

Another important religious place is the Gurdwara Godari Sahib; constructed in the memory of Baba Sheikh Farid who it is believed had left his Godari or Jacket at this place before he entered Faridkot City. The Gurdwara at a distance of nearly 4 kms from the main Faridkot City and is located on the Faridkot - Kotkapura Road. The Gurdwara was renovated & built in the year 1982; later on a Sacred Sarover was also built here in which devotees visiting here take a dip. Hundreds of people visit this Gurudwara to seek the Guru’s blessings.

Besides these other religious places in Faridkot are the Gurdwara Tibbi Sahib, Gurdwara Godavarisar Dhilwan Kalan & Gurdwara Guru Ki Dhab which are frequented by devotees throughout the year to offer prayers & seek blessings.The most appropriate time to visit the beautiful city of Faridkot is in the months from October to March when the weather is neither too hot nor too cold.

Economy of Faridkot

The Faridkot is undergoing rapid development and witnessing a boom in overall economy; textile industry is the main source of occupation in Faridkot. Besides this Faridkot is a major industrial manufacturing hub due to the presence of a number of small and medium scale industries engaged in manufacturing of sewing machines, bicycles and machine tools. Sugar Production, Agriculture, Folk Craft are some of the other main occupations of the people of Faridkot. Almost all reputed banks have their branches in Faridkot City thus providing quality banking services to the clients.

Major Festivals in Faridkot

Almost all the main Festivals like Holi, Diwali, Christmas & Id are celebrated by the people of Faridkot with great joy & fervour. Sheikh Farid Aagman Purb or Farid Mela is an annual festival organised by Faridkot District Cultural Society from 15 to 23 September in memory of Sheikh Farid. During this festival Theatre & Qawali Competitions, Art & Culture Programs and many National Level Sports Events (Wrestling, Hockey, Volleyball and Football Matches) are organised. On the last day a Nagar Kirtan or Procession is taken out in which people participate in great numbers.

Local Art & Craft of Faridkot

The crafts of Punjab are famous all over the world for their rich colours, beautiful designs & intricate beauty. Phulkari a kind of embroidery is unique to this region, which is done on clothes using vibrantly coloured silk threads. Muktsar near Faridkot City is quiet famous for its jootis or bellies which are made from leather and embellished with golden & silver embroidery. So when on a trip to the city of Faridkot do not forget to buy these unique handicrafts.

Shopping in Faridkot

A holiday trip to any city is incomplete without a shopping spree and Faridkot has a lot to offer in this regard. From ever-bustling local markets to high-end malls there are a lot of places to shop at. Some of the popular markets of Faridkot are Baba Farid Market, Main Bazaar, Line Bazaar and Mall Road which have hundreds of shops selling a variety of things. Besides these a number of shopping malls are also present in Faridkot.

More Shopping Mall
Address: Circular Rd, Dogar Basti, Faridkot, Punjab 151203
Contact: 086529 06676

Baba Farid Shopping Complex
Address: Garden Colony, Faridkot, Punjab 151203

Hotels in Faridkot

Faridkot city has many hotels providing a much needed accommodation option to the visitors coming to the city. These hotels offer good facilities like room service, laundry, ac –rooms & wi-fi connectivity for the convenience of the visitors. One can also book online before-hand to avoid hassles on arriving.

Restaurants in Faridkot

Faridkot like the rest of Punjab is a foodie’s delight with a number of good Restaurants & Hotels present in the city. These restaurants serve authentic mouth-watering dishes which are unique to Punjab like Sarsoon Ka Saag, Makki Ki Roti, Sweet & Sour Lassi, Chole Bhathre, Butter Chicken & Tandoori Chicken.

Shahi Haveli
Address: Kotkapura Road, Faridkot Ho, Faridkot - 151203
Contact: +(91)-9257200009 , +(91)-9257200008 , +(91)-9256000083

Sandhuz Restaurant
Address: C/O Hotel Sandhuz, Kotkapura Road, Faridkot Ho, Faridkot - 151203
Contact: +(91)-9872100539, 9876100539

Ding Dong Snacks Bar - North Indian Restaurant
Address: • Shop No. 18&19, Sadiq Road, Opposite G.G.S Medical Hospital
Contact: 0163 950 0796

LC Restaurant
Address: Near Bus Stand, College Road, Faridkot Ho, Faridkot - 151203
Contact: 0163 925 1213

Arjun Bakery - Bakery and Cake Shop
Address: • Main Bazar, Faridkot Ho, Faridkot - 151203

Kings Pizza
Address: Circular Road, Opposite More Supermarket, Dolphin Chowk
Contact: 0163 965 4655

Vabien Snacks Bar and Restaurant
Address: Sadiq Road, GGS Medical Hospital
Contact: 080548 00568

Hop Cat 99 Restaurant
Address: Chahal Road, near canals, Faridkot, Punjab
Contact: 0163 925 5537

City Pizza
Address: Near Axis Bank, Circular Road, Valmik Chowk, Faridkot, Punjab
Contact: 0163 950 2503

Transportation in Faridkot

Faridkot is strategically located with Ferozepur in its north-west, Moga and Ludhiana to its north east, and Bathinda and Sangrur in the South. The city is well-connected by Road, Rail & Air Network making it quiet easy for people from all over the world to come here. Faridkot (FDK) Station is the main Railway Station and lies on the Firozepur – Bathinda - Delhi Railway Line of the Northern Railways. A number of trains ply to and fro from the city connecting Faridkot to almost all major cities & towns in India like Delhi, Ferozepur, Chandigarh, Ludhiana Bathinda, Jaipur, etc.

Transport in Faridkot
Faridkot Railway Station

By Road the city of Faridkot in Punjab lies on NH -15 - Pathankot-Samkhiyali Highway which connects it to almost all the cities in neighbouring states like Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Delhi and Haryana. One can easily reach Faridkot by buses, private vehicles and taxis; PEPSU Road Transport Corporation (PRTC), provides road transportation in the city including both inter-state & inter-city bus services. The Main Bus Stand is present adjacent to the Krishi Vigyan Kendra from where regular bus services are run to nearby cities like Ferozepur, Bathinda, Amritsar, Patiala, and Ludhiana. To travel within the city and explore different areas like Main Bazaar, Line Bazaar and Mall Road one can take a Rickshaw or Auto. By Air, the nearest airport to Faridkot is the Amritsar International Airport or Raja Sansi International Airport which is located at a distance of 125 km. Both Domestic and International Flights operate from here; on reaching here one can take a Cab or Taxi to go to Faridkot City.

Faridkot at a glance

Country : India
State : Punjab
District : Faridkot
• Official : Punjabi
Time zone : IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN : 151203
Telephone code: +91-1639

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