Ludhiana is one of the most popular travel destinations in India. The largest city in the state of Punjab, located on the old banks of the Sutlej River. The city was named after the Lodi Dynasty.
Home town of freedom fighter Sukhdev, the city played a vital role during the uprising of 1857.
It is aptly termed as the ‘Manchester of India’ for its world-recognized hosiery goods. The World Bank ranked this city for having the best business environment in 2009 and 2013. Ludhiana is the heart of the state Punjab with its distinctive Punjabi culture and historical legacy. Ludhiana is one of those unusual places in India that retains its old world charm with magnificent ancient buildings, elegant Gurudwaras, and sacred shrines. This beautiful city has many tourist attractions, which contribute to the tourism in Ludhiana.
If you would like to know about people’s life in Ludhiana in the 18th and 19th centuries then visit Punjab Agricultural University Museum also known as Ajaib Ghar inaugurated by Khushwant Singh in 1974. The museum houses various rural farming tools and several other artefacts. The museum depicts the rural life of Punjabis and showcases their culture in the form of household equipment used in the ancient time, pottery, coins, musical instruments, dress, jewellery, juttis (shoes), handicrafts, etc. Kisan Mela held annually is a major attraction where goat farm, cow farm, horse farm, miniature-mountains, rivers, and water reservoirs are the crowd pleasers.
Ludhiana is home to numerous Gurudwaras. Located in the village of Machhiwara, Gurudwara Charan Kamal is one among them that holds immense importance for the people of Ludhiana. Legend has it that Guru Gobind Singh rested here during the guerrilla war with the Mughals took a sip of water from the pond and fell asleep. This shrine is a brilliant example of Sikh architecture. The best time to visit this Gurudwara is during the annual fair held in the month of December to celebrate the congregation of this shrine. This fair pulls in people from all corners of neighbouring states. You must visit this Gurudwara to seek blessings and embrace the calmness that this place exudes.
Sher Shah Suri constructed a Serai at Phillaur, which was converted to a military fort and a post office by Shah Jahan and later used by the British as a part of the military camp. The magnificent Phillaur Fort has a distinct European architecture designed by the Maharaja’s Italian and French generals. It has an extensive moat and its outer walls were used for defence attack. The 200-year-old fort is now being operated as a police training centre and as a Finger Print Bureau.
Maharaja Ranjit Singh War Museum was constructed by the Punjab Government in the year 1999 to pay homage to the soldiers and educate people about their role in the defence. Named after Maharaja Ranjit Singh, this museum has a statue of the king sitting on a throne at the entrance. The museum has 12 galleries with different sections for ancient history, post-independence, war heroes, Air Force, and Navy. Don’t forget to watch the light and sound show, which is organized every evening. If you want to know about India’s past then visit this museum.
If you love going for a wildlife safari and trekking then this place is best for a weekend trip with family and friends. Established in 1993, spread over an area of 25 acres, the rich flora and fauna of this park along with sights of animals like black buck, Sambhar, rabbits, and peacocks makes this place a favourite among nature lovers. Opt for the exciting safari to see majestic tigers moving freely in the protected areas of the jungle.
Established in 1967, over an area of 30 acres with more than 1,600 varieties of roses, it is one of the largest rose gardens in Asia. Visit this place during the Rose Festival, which is held every year. The vast lawns of the garden make for the perfect picnic spot. Water fountains illuminated with colourful lights and music attract tourist in large numbers. It is a paradise for morning walkers and joggers. This garden is also famous for its planetarium at the entrance, boat rides in the artificial pool, and mini zoo. It is an ideal spot for all age groups.
Locally known as Purana Qila or Old Fort, Lodhi Fort was the pride of Ludhiana built by Muslim ruler Sikander Lodhi around 500 years ago. This majestic castle is visited by a lot of tourists to experience the age-old beauty, great architecture, lush green landscapes, and the splendid view of the river Satluj. The fort was erected as a military castle to stop intruders from entering the city. Even though the fort has deteriorated over time, it is still an excellent attraction that speaks of the powerful history of our ancestors.
Ludhiana Hardy’s World Amusement Park is one of the most famous places to visit in Ludhiana to enjoy your vacation or have a one-day trip with your family and friends. Activities like theme parties, joy rides, ice-skating, artificial snowfall, and water sports are major attractions. Apart from rides, there are places to relax like cafes, restaurants, and shopping stores inside to cater to the diverse needs of the tourist.
There are a plethora of themed activities in an amusement park from thrilling high rides to swinging chairs to toy train to toggling on a bull and many more. The water-themed park gets your adrenaline pumped up with over 20 exhilarating rides. There is comfortable accommodation in 25 well-appointed rooms with necessary amenities. Hardy’s World is India’s third-largest Indoor Snow City offering great fun to the people of all ages.
Located inside the Ludhiana Fort known for its unique architecture and design this tomb is of a famous Muslim Saint Abdul Kadir Galani. Visited by both Hindu and Muslim pilgrims from around the city the tomb belongs to the members of Shah Shuja’s family whose belongings can be seen here. This beautiful place is where you can attain peace by spending a few hours from your trip.
Rara Sahib Gurudwara is one of the best pilgrim sites visited by devotees from different parts of Punjab and outside. The architectural beauty of the shrine is magnificent. The Rara Village was converted into Rara Sahib after the visit of the sixth Sikh Guru, Guru Hargobind-ji in the 17-century. And the Gurudwara was constructed in the 20-century with the visit of Sant Isher Singh-ji and Sant Kishan Singh-ji.
One thing that attracts tourist to the Gurudwara is a continuous rendition of paath and kirtan day and night every single day without a break. People look forward to making a visit to this place irrespective of any religion.
Dedicated to Lord Shiva this magnificent temple is believed to be around 400 years old, which attract tourists from all over the world. During Shivratri holy water of river Ganges is offered to the idol of Lord Shiva by devotees who visit this place from a distant area.
It is the first International level shopping mall in Ludhiana spread over an area of 1.5 lakh square feet, offering many local and international branded stores and eating joints. It is a major attraction in the city. Tourists who want to go shopping should visit this place.
It is a perfect picnic spot or weekend getaway for families, couples, and individuals who love wildlife and nature. This park houses a large number of spotted deer, Sambar, porcupine, blackbuck, and beautiful birds like budgerigar, red-headed parakeet, and grey partridge. The park is best known for sightseeing and jogging.
Also known as Alamgir Sahib where Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth guru of the Sikhs, believed to have shot an arrow in the ground and a spring of water appeared in the spot. This Tirsar is believed to cure all illnesses. A lot of tourists and locals visit this place in the great belief that all their wishes will come true after visiting this place. The Langar Hall of Shri Manji Sahib is among the biggest Langar Halls offering top-notch cleanliness and hygiene. It serves hundreds of pilgrims meals free of cost daily.
Rakh Bagh is an ideal leisure point among locals. The central appeal of Rakh Bagh lies in its famous mini train. Favourite among children this charming joyride is a must if you want to explore this park. Locals use this park for their morning and evening jogging or walking. There are food joints in and around the park for refreshments and a swimming pool for learners. The lush green garden and the cool ambience of this place make it a popular spot for visitors.
How can we forget the traditional dishes of the land!! A visit to Ludhiana is incomplete without trying the local fare such as tandoori dishes, Murg Makhani, Makke Ki Roti, Sarson Ka Saag, fresh curd, Lassi and Roah Ki Kheer. Traditional and bustling places to shop in the city are at the Ghumar Mandi Road and Chaura Bazar. You will find all kinds of local items on sale in shops in these streets.
As per available statistics, 3.3 million visitors visited this historical and happening place last year. Ludhiana has a rich history, which makes it a tourism hot spot from ancient buildings to mosques to Gurudwaras to the zoo, Ludhiana has everything to satiate the urge of travel junkies.
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