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Three national highways, NH 7 ( Fazilka - Badrinath National Highway) and NH-54 ( Dabwali - Pathankot National Highway) and NH 148B Bathinda to Narnaul (according to the new numbering of highways) pass through the city.  [ better source needed ]
Bhatinda was changed to Bathinda to conform to the phonetical expression as locally pronounced.  According to Henry George Raverty , Bathinda was known as Tabarhindh (Labb-ut-Twarikh). The earliest mention of Tabarhindh occurs in the Jami-Ul-Hakayat written about 607 Hijri or 1211 AD.
In 1004, Mahmud of Ghazni besieged the local fort, which was located on the route from the northwest into the rich Ganges valley.