Ludhiana,IN
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General Information about Ludhiana

Situated on the banks of river Sutlej, Ludhiana is Punjab's largest city, is one of the biggest commercial hubs in India. . Grand primal buildings to one side and sacred shrines to the other, the city retains the old world charm, keeps the spirituality intact but also does not fail to keep up with the changing times and traditions of the country. Apart from being an industrial town, Ludhiana draws pilgrims and tourists from worldwide owing to its Gurudwaras, forts and ancient ruins. Ludhiana also hosts the famous Rural Olympics at Qila Raipur each year in the month of January-February. Ludhiana is famous for the ancient ruins of the Lodi dynasty, the war museum and its hosiery industries. You can also witness the Rural Olympics if you plan your trip according to the dates of the Games next year.

Ludhiana is a large industrial city in the north Indian state of Punjab. The Punjab Agricultural University is home to the Museum of Rural Life, which displays pottery, musical instruments and traditional Punjabi clothing. Nearby, leafy Nehru Rose Garden features ornamental fountains and more than one thousand different rose varieties. To the north, Maharaja Ranjit Singh War Museum documents Punjabi military history.

 

Punjabi food, especially the Chicken and Paneer in Ludhiana, is almost heavenly. Another local specialty that one must not miss is the food prepared in 'Tandoors'. This would include chicken, paneer, fish, naans and lots more. Another essential of the city is Sarson ka Saag and Makai ki Roti.
Other local favorites include Rajama Chawal, Kadhi Chawal, Dal Makhani, Chole Bhature and many more. Also, don't miss the Patiala Lassi complete with fresh malai, almonds and saffron. Other than these, the food here often derives delicacies from an influence of Mughal Cuisine. One such delicacy is Murg Makhani. Alcohol is also easily available in the area.

 

An Ideal Itinerary

Day 1- Arrive at Ludhiana airport or railway station in the morning. Transfer to the hotel in a private taxi. Visit Lodhi fort, the pride of Ludhiana, the ruins of this 500-year-old fort is a huge attraction for the tourists in the city. Then head to Rural Museum which showcases the rural life of Punjab. Then visit the Rose Garden, sprawled over an area of 30 acres. Back to hotel.
Day 2- Breakfast at the hotel. Visit the Tiger safari zoo, for a wildlife excursion. Also, visit the Maharana Ranjit Singh War Museum, built in the memory of War soldiers. Then, visit the Gurudwara Charankanwal Sahib Machhiwara and Rana Sahib Gurudwara to seek the blessings of Sikh Gurus. Back to hotel.


Few Places of Interest

Lodhi Fort
Lodhi Fort is one of the forts in the vicinity of Ludhiana in Punjab. Locally known as Purana Qila or Old Fort, it is a grand structure which now lies in ruins due to poor maintenance. The fort stands on a large piece of land now encroached from all sides.

What was once the gateway to Sikander Lodhi's empire and the pride of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, now lies forgotten and in ruins. Surprisingly, a large percent of the local population is not even aware of the whereabouts of this fort. Even though the fort looks like a pretty ordinary ancient structure without invoking much interest of people, it does have a grand past.


Phillaur Fort
Designed by Dewan Mokham Chand, general of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, the fort is an architectural wonder and never fails to attract visitors from far flung places.

Maharaja Ranjit Singh's wax museum
War museum with information on historic battles, plus a collection of weapons, armor & uniforms. With more than twelve galleries catering to subjects like the Kargil War and Ancient History, the Maharaja Ranjit Singh War Museum contains an extensive memoir of India's past.


Alamgir
The village of Alamgir is situated around 10 km from the central city of Ludhiana. The highlight of this village is ShriManji Sahib Gurudwara, more commonly known as Alamgir Gurudwara. This place holds great significance in the historical background of Sikhism. The Gurudwara reflects yet another landmark in the life of the 10th Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh.

The backstory of this famous Sikh pilgrimage site is kind of interesting. The Guru Gobind Singh was pursued by the Mughal Army, and it was at this place where he paused and rested, blessing it with his presence. The langar hall of Shri Manji Sahib is among the biggest langar halls of all the Sikh shrines with the capacity to serve hundreds of people for free in one go.

Like all other Sikh pilgrimage sights, Alamgir Gurudwara offers top notch cleanliness and hygiene. Gurudwara Manji Sahib is a pilgrimage site as well as a tourist destination, both for its sacredness and the piece of Sikh history that it offers.


Bhir
A 19th century mosque, Bheer is another popular pilgrimage centre of Ludhiana attracting a large number of devotees.

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