Visiting this masterpiece, Rajindra Gymkhana and Mahindra Club Ltd., you will decipher the true meaning of royalty- the reason why Patiala is known as the royal city of Punjab seems justified.
This exquisite piece of architecture dates back to 1890s,when Maharaja Rajindra Singh showed a great aptitude for cricket and became the pioneer of Patiala Cricket Club, along with his brother Maharaja Ranbir Singh. It is also one of the oldest squash courts in the country,having hosted several national and international players .
The club was renamed to Rajindra Gymkhana Cricket Club in the year 1923. The Royal family of Patiala later overtook it and renamed it to Rajindra Gymkhana and Mahindra Club.
The cricket stadium of the royal club
Also known as Maharani club, it has now extended its patronage to various sports like badminton, volleyball and lawn tennis. Lovers of cards are entitled to a separate card room.
All good things come at a price though. It is now feasible to become a member of the club by paying a fixed price to enjoy its lavish facilities. It is said that the term ‘Patiala Peg’ originated here. This is a grand bar built in Victorian style, where you can party in a sumptuous style.
Families can get together in the dining room, enjoy the grandeur of this place in its balcony facing the cricket stadium or appreciate the relics flashing their beauty. Food is available from various food outlets in the club at a convenient price.
The royal antiques adorning the club.
Balcony overseeing the cricket stadium
The lawns are kept with perfection and a huge parking space serves as an open air theater, where renowned artists and singers perform for the members.
RGMC is the surely the handicraft of people with an eye for perfection. It is said that many of the artisans were called from Peking (China) to complete this palatial architecture.
Go ahead for a membership and it would make sure that the royal assortment delights you!
How to reach: (An auto rickshaw from Patiala bus stand would help you reach in 5-10 minutes)
Address: Baradari Gardens, Patiala(Pb.) India
E-mail: [email protected]