Bathinda Fort which resembles a ship in a sea of sand, is situated in Bathinda District of Punjab. Built by Bhatti Reo, the fort is about 39 m high. Razia Sultana, the first woman ruler (1236 AD) of India, was imprisoned in this fort by some rebels. The bricks of the fort dates back to Kushana period when emperor Kanishka ruled over India.
The fort was captured by Maharaj Ala Singh of Patiala in 1754. The fort houses a gurdwara, built in memory of Guru Gobind Singh. Bathinda Fort which had withstood the period of Raja Deb (3rd century), one of the ancestors of Vinaipal, is now in a dilapidated state.
Bathinda is home to two modern thermal power plants, Guru Nanak Dev Thermal Plant and Guru Hargobind Thermal Plant at Lehra Mohabbat. The city has a fertilizer plant, a large oil refinery,Bathinda is home of two cement plants, Ambuja Cements and UltraTech Cement Limited. Bathinda is one of the largest food grain & cotton markets in northern India. The area around bathinda is a prolific grape growing area. It is one of the leading cities in education in Punjab
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