Was this what I would call a prestigious and defending gate? No. Did it look historic? A little bit. The only way it holds an ancient look was with its giant wooden and metal gate which was unfortunately decrepit from the bottom. Additionally, the old paintings and window panes gave it a nice old look. It was nothing extraordinary, however, it still was magnificent in it’s own way.
Darshani Gate :
The next one was Darshani Gate just a little further from Samania Gate. It is the main entrance to Qila Mubarak, another great castle of the past. Now this was historic. The famous small brick inlays that saw an entire century pass by, yet it stood tall with just minor structural damage. With this gate we were able to climb the stairs and look around the city, it wasn’t very tall but it sure was a nice feeling to stand atop of it and just think about how this gate must’ve been used for defense and offensive purposes. Overall, this was a nice historical place with true mysterious ambience.
Top Khana Gate :
Next up on our list was The Top Khana Gate, just south of Darshani Gate. Unlike the previous two gates that allowed tourists to drive underneath or climb up respectively, this gaet was much mysterious and shrouded by the mist of past and neglect. It had been locked for so long that one can barely notice the pathway through it. But to me that shouts ancient times. The entire structure is covered in moss and surrounded by trees and shrubs. However, being a nerd for history, merely standing in front of the gate felt amazing in itself. Imagining how important it must’ve been in the past yet here it is sitting like a dead weight and for regular commuters it’s nothing more than a road block.
Safabadi Gate :
Next up was the Safabadi Gate. However, it had been destroyed and long gone. Yet somehow I managed to grab the coordinates of this place and decided to visit it anyway. But, surprise-surprise, nothing historic there. A vibrant market and houses for sure but no gate whatsoever. So I decided to move on.
Sheran Wala Gate :
Next we went North of Patiala for The Sheran Wala Gate. To my surprise it was completely renovated, no sign of history on it. It had been stripped of its past and reborn in a new look. It looks great, just doesn’t hold that significance anymore. But, people can still pass underneath so that’s a plus I assume.