Moti Bagh Palace is one of the oldest residential buildings of a grand architectural excellence. The construction of this monument started at the time of Maharaja Narendra Singh in the year of 1847 and a sum of almost 5 lakhs was spent then over its construction. Situated at an approximately 4. 5 Kms from the center of Patiala at Old Moti Bagh, Moti Bagh, the Palace can be mapped in under 12 mins via Stadium Road/Upper Mall Road.

The magnificent structure of the Old Moti Bagh Palace is one of the largest residential buildings in the entire world and was designed on the structural design of another spectacular work of architecture- the Shalimar Gardens of Lahore. Moti Bagh Palace has numerous terraces which still commemorated the golden days of the rulers of Patiala and their families who used to walk through these terraces. There are many water ways, well-decorated gardens and one could really enjoy the serenity and the beauty of the nature when pass through the well-maintained garden and surroundings. The palace has a beautifully decorated front area which has been constructed with the Rajasthani architecture with many Jharokhas and Chattris. This four storey residential building has also got huge stone-walls, well-designed grills, and dome-shaped towers with curved entrances which enhance the beauty of this one of its kind residential palace. There is another palace which is made of and decorated with beautiful glasses - the Sheesh Mahal. Till the late 30s, the Old Moti Bagh Palace was used to be the main residential building of the royal family of Patiala. After the new Moti Bagh Palace got constructed where the Royal Family shifted.

Old Moti Bagh Palace is a glorious addition to the endless list of architectural wonders in India. It used to be one of the largest residential buildings in the world, until the Maharaja of Patiala shifted, and the Palace was converted into a Museum and a government building. Canons from the early 19th century are displayed here, in addition to royal artifacts. It has a number of Jharokhas and Chattris that exhibit a Rajasthani style of architecture. The beautiful architecture of this building is awe-inspiring and the surrounding gardens are impeccably maintained. Head out to this place to unwind with your loved ones in the garden or to explore the stunning design of the structure. With 15 dining halls, the massive Moti Bagh Palace was counted amongst one of the largest residences in Asia. Now, it has been turned into the National Institute of Sports. The Palace complex boasts a large artificial lake over which lies a hanging bridge which was modelled on Rishikesh's Lakshman Jhoola. The Sheesh Mahal Museum, which is a repository of art and culture also is situated inside the Palace complex. One can get the glimpse of rich traditions of Patiala at this museum. It displays paintings belonging to the early 20th-century, done in Rajput and Kangra styles. Several life-like artworks are seen covering the walls of the Mahal too. There are sculptures and artefacts showcased from 9th and 10th-century at this attraction. One can also spot medals collected by and awarded to, the Maharaja of Patiala. The old quarters were built in the 1840s by Maharajah of Patiala, Narinder Singh and it saw expansion during the rule of Maharajah Bhupinder Singh in 1920 under the expert guidance of Sir Ganga Ram. When India became an independent country, the Government of India took over the palace from Maharajah Yadavindra Singh, and later made it into a museum, a taxidermy gallery, and North Zone Cultural Center. In its East wing there is the National Institute of Sports (NIS) and is named after Nethaji Subbash Chandra Bose. Here, athletes, coaches of various games, sport teachers and others undergo training. It is also the venue for the annual Patiala Heritage festival. New Moti bagh was the residence of Maharaja Patiala Captain Amarinder Singh. A sum of Rs. 5 Crores was spent on the construction, a whooping sum in those days. It is close to the Old Moti Bagh Palace, just 2 km and is built on a plot of 160 acres of prime land. This beautiful palace has outstanding intricate artistic works and designs that bear testimony to the talented Indian artisans and craftsmen of the past age. Being a four storied attractive structure, it has gigantic stone walls with an arched opening. Rajasthani style of architecture is followed with beautiful facade and lots of Chattris along with Jharokhas. The highly decorative grill work around the palace is amazingly ornamental and it enhances its appearance. It has a palace made of glasses called Sheesh Mahal. There are two huge water tanks on both sides of the front area of Sheesh Mahal.

The fascinating rope bridge called Lakshman Jhoola, connecting Motibagh Palace with Bansar Garh that houses the Natural History Gallery. It has lots of stuffed animals and birds on display. The Old Moti Bagh has many terraces where the royal family of Patiala used to go for a casual walk in the evening. The surrounding places of Patiala have many water ways and beautifully landscaped gardens. The Palace demonstrates the beauty of striking architecture and is a big crowd magnet, attracting people from all over the world and followers of the Patiala Dynasty. November and February is the best time to visit and is free for every visitor, local or a foreigner. Moti Bagh Palace can be visited during timings 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM.