Moti Bagh Palace
The Old Moti Bagh Palace
Typeroyal palace
LocationPatiala, Punjab, India[1]
Original useResidence of the Maharaja of Patiala
Current useHeadquarters of the North Zone Cultural Centre; Office of the National Institute of Sports; museum.

Moti Bagh Palace is a palace in Patiala, also known as Pearl Garden Palace.[3] The word "Moti" means "pearl", and "Bagh" means "garden".[4] The Palace was built by Maharaja Narinder Singh, the great-grandfather of Maharaja Bhupinder Singh, in 1847,[5] at a cost of five lakhs of rupees.[6] The Old Moti Bagh Palace and New Moti Bagh Palace were built respectively by Maharaja Narinder Singh (reigned 1845–62) and Maharaja Yadavindra Singh.[7][8]

The Old Palace is one of the largest residencies in Asia,[9] housing the Netaji Subhas National Institute of Sports (NIS) currently.[10][11] And the New Moti Bagh Palace is the residence of Former Chief Minister of Punjab Captain Amarinder Singh currently.[12]


It was expanded in 1920s under the supervision of Sir Ganga Ram during the reign of Maharaja Bhupinder Singh. After independence, the Government of India took over the premises, and later converted it into a museum, a taxidermy gallery, and the North Zone Cultural Centre.[citation needed]

The National Institute of Sports (NIS) Patiala is situated in its East wing,[13] where the annual Patiala Heritage festival is celebrated.

The New Moti Bagh Palace
The New Moti Bagh Palace

There is another building, called the New Moti Bagh Palace, built in 1959,[14] that is residence of Amarinder Singh.[15]


The Palace incorporates Indian and European architectural features.[16]


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  12. ^ Vishal Rambani.Holi, Diwali come together at New Moti Bagh palace in Patiala.Hindustan Times Mar 12, 2017.
  13. ^ "About us". National Institute of Sports. Retrieved 13 August 2014.
  14. ^ George Michell; Philip H. Davies (1989). Guide to Monuments of India 2: 2islamic, Rajput, European. Viking. ISBN 978-0-670-80847-2.
  15. ^ Mohinder Singh (1 January 2001). Punjab 2000: political and socio-economic developments. Anamika Publishers & Distributors. ISBN 978-81-86565-90-2.
  16. ^ Jane Shadel Spillman (2006). European glass furnishings for Eastern palaces. Corning Museum of Glass.