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National Institute Of Sports & Art Gallery


The National Institute of Sports and Art Gallery, better known as the NIS, is the largest sports institute in all of Asia, housed within the impressive monolithic building amid the straggling lawns of the Motibagh Palace, built by the onetime Maharaja of Patiala, the descendants of whodedicated this complex for the promotion of sports in India.

Colloquially known as the "Mecca" of Indian Sports, it has continuously produced Coaches of the highest quality, who havegone on to render their expertise and assistance in the training of champion teams for multiple International competitions in multiple sports disciplines. The Institute now also serves as the Academic Wing of the Sports Authority of India, and was established by the Government of India on 7th May, 1961, before being renamed as the Netaji Subhas National Institute of Sports, or the NSNIS on 23rd January, 1973.The art gallery that forms a part of the museum is indeed Nirvana for the average Indian Sports fan, with some of the most cherished sports artefacts of the nation on display here.

On display here are contributions by the royal family of Patiala, and personal artefacts belonging to elite sportsmen and women of the country, both past and present. Worth special mention are a 95 kg hass, used by wrestler The Great Gama for squats, and the gold medal of hockey wizard Dhyan Chand, the Adidas spikes worn by Milkha Singh in the 1960 Rome Olympics quarter-mile event, and a bat autographed by the 1983 world cup winning Indian cricket team, captained by the legendary Kapil Dev.

Best time to visit

The best time to visit Patiala and the institute is between the months of October to March.


Apart from the multiple medals and souvenirs pertaining to various national and international competitions, the replicas of prestigious national sports awards such as the Padam Shri Award and the Arjuna Award are also displayed here.


There are no rigid timings to visit the institute. It is open throughout the day.

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