The largest city in the state of Punjab, Ludhiana is located on the banks of Sutlej River. It is also known as India’s Manchester as it proves to be a major industrial center of Northern India. The city is located 98 km west of Chandigarh. It is centrally located on National Highway 1, which runs from New Delhi to Amritsar. It is also the hometown of the freedom fighter Sukhdev who was executed by the Britishers. The city played a vital role during the uprising of 1857. Ludhiana enjoys a pleasant climate throughout the year, except for the summer months from April to August. Here’s the list of the best places you can visit in Ludhiana.
Nehru Rose Garden
Spreading over an area of 30 acres, this beautiful rose garden lies in the civil lines areas of Ludhiana. Established in the year 1967, the garden has more than 17000 plants and 1600 rose varieties. One of the largest rose gardens in Asia, the Nehru Rose Garden serves as an open ground for the visitors to have evening and morning walks thus offering some priceless moments of relaxation. Landscaped lawns, mini zoo, musical fountain and various boat rides are the major entertainments which attract a large number of visitors. The famous annual rose festival offers an invaluable display of flowers which attracts thousands of visitors.
This 500- year old fort built by the Muslim monarch Sikander Lodhi is a massive and magnificent structure located on the banks of the Sutlej River. Once a majestic residence of the Muslim king, the fort is the pride of Ludhiana. Now, Lodhi fort is in ruins, yet a lot of tourists visit this place to experience the age- old beauty which reflects the architecture of Mughal era. The fort was erected as a military castle to stop intruders from entering the city. People visit this place for sightseeing as it is bounded by lush green landscapes and offers a beautiful view of River Sutlej.
Also known as Maharaja Ranjit Singh Fort, the Phillaur fort was designed by the general of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, Dewan Mokham Chand. The fort is an architectural wonder and attracts visitors from far off places. The fort was converted into the Police training center by the British and presently occupied by the Police academy of Punjab. One can also see the famous shrine of Pir-i-Dastgir and tombs of Muslim saints here. Presently, the Phillaur Fort houses a police training academy and a fingerprint bureau.
Manji Sahib Gurudwara, Alamgir
The term Manji Sahib refers to a small bed where the holy book Sri Guru Granth Sahib is placed. Gurudwara Manji Sahib located near Alamgir village in Ludhiana is a place where Guru Gobind Singh Ji stayed for a few days after covering a journey full of obstacles, because of the Mughal military contingents present in the area. He couldn’t find drinking water on reaching Alamgir, so he shot an arrow into the ground where a spring appeared. This spring converted into a tank known as “Tirsar”. Numerous tourists and locals visit this place to offer their prayers.
Rural Museum, Punjab Agricultural University
The museum of rural life of Punjab in the Punjab Agriculture University Campus is a definitive place to learn about the people’s lifestyle in the 18th and 19th century. Inaugurated by Khushwant Singh in the year 1974, the museum remains open throughout the year between 9 AM to 1 PM and from 1 PM to 5 PM. The Rural Museum has a beautiful façade resembling the traditional houses of rural Punjab. Spread in an area of 4000 sq. yards, the place looks splendid maintaining the simplicity of rural life. The vibrant festival of the Kisan Mela is held annually attracting a large number of tourists.
Gurudwara Charan Kanwal Sahib, Machhiwara
Located on Charan Kamal Road in the town Macchiwara, The Gurudwara Charankanwal Sahib is of great importance to the Sikh community. It is believed to be the place where Guru Gobind Singh rested while fighting against the massive Mughal force. He met three devotees Daga Singh, Dharam Singh and Manu Singh here who joined him in the fight. A vivid illustration of Sikh architecture, the perfect time to visit Gurudwara Charan Kanwal Sahib is the month of December when the annual fair is held to celebrate the congregation of this shrine.
Maharaja Ranjit Singh War Museum
Maharaja Ranjit Singh War Museum was built in the memory of war soldiers who fought various battles. Constructed by the Punjab Government in 1999, the museum spreads across 4 acres of land on the GT road in Ludhiana. The war museum has more than 12 galleries in total catering variety of sections like the Kargil War, ancient history, and Post- Independence History Gallery, Navy and Air Force gallery, War Hero’s Gallery, and more. A light and sound show is organized every evening in the lawn outside the building describing the story of war heroes and their role in the war.
Though there are not many tourist attractions in Ludhiana, the city forms the heart of the Punjab state portraying the distinctive Punjabi culture. The city has everything to satiate the urge of travel junkies. The historical importance makes it a definitive visit and the above -mentioned attractions are not to be missed.