The fort of Bhatinda, which is built on a raised ground and around which the city has developed, is an important landmark. The fort is a square with each side 210 m, having 36 bastions and is about 36 m high. The fort occupies 14 acres of land and is entirely built of brick and mortar. Except for its towers, it looks like mound of Earth. It is so high that it is visible from a distance of about 25 kms. It seems that the fort was built when the river Satlej flowed here, but it is not known exactly who built this fort. Inside the fort there is one Gurudwara, historically connected with Guru Gobind Singh.
Maharaja Ala Singh of Patiala conquered Bhatinda in 1754 AD with the aid of Sikh confedency ( dal ). After the first railway line was laid in the latter half of the nineteenth century a big railway station came up along with other offices and Sarais.