Last Updated: July 29, 2019 Kamlesh Nayal
Magnificent ancient buildings on one side and elegant Gurudwaras & sacred shrines on the other, Ludhiana is one of those unusual places in India that retains its old world charm while keeping its spirituality intact. This beautiful city has attractions like Rara Sahib Gurudwara and Lodhi Fort, that alone contribute a lot to the tourism in Ludhiana. However, there are some other places too that make this tinsel town one of the most popular travel destinations in India. In this blog, we will discuss about those wonderful places and tell you why you must visit them on your blissful trip to Ludhiana. Here are some of the best attractions in Ludhiana that deserves to be seen and cherished. Here we go…
Nehru Rose Garden
This beautiful rose garden was established in 1967, over an area of 30 acres with more than 17,000 plants and 1,600 varieties of roses. It is one of the largest rose gardens in Asia, which serves open for the visitors from morning till evening. The blooming surroundings of this park are worth viewing, especially for people who love roses and really like to check its varieties that are spread here across a vast expanse of land. The garden organizes a Rose festival every year to offer a priceless display of flowers to the flower lovers all across the city.
The mesmerizing Lodhi Fort, built by the famous Muslim ruler Sikander Lodhi around 500 years ago, is the pride of Ludhiana. This majestic castle is in ruins now, yet a lot of tourists visit this place to experience the age old beauty, which reflects the great architecture of Mughal period. Built on the banks of River Satluj, the fort was erected as a military castle to stop intruders from entering the city. A lot of people visit this place for sightseeing as it is surrounded by lush green landscapes and offers a view of river Satluj.
Hardy’s World Amusement Park
Hardy’s World Amusement Park is one among the most famous places to visit in Ludhiana, which offers tourists a gala time with their family and friends. Once here people can indulge in the joy of theme parties, joy rides, ice-skating, artificial snowfall, water sports, and more. There are cafes, restaurants, shopping complex, and clubs inside the park to take after the needs of tourists. Hardy’s World is India’s third largest Indoor Snow City, which offers a great fun to the people of all ages.
Rural Museum, PAU
If you have a keen interest in knowing the rural life of India and Punjab specifically, then this place is for you. Situated in the Punjab Agriculture University Campus, the Rural Museum depicts the rural life of Punjabis and showcases their culture in the form of house-hold equipments used in the ancient time, pottery, coins, musical instruments, dress, jewelry, punjabi juttis (shoes), handicrafts, etc. This museum was inaugurated by Khushwant Singh in 1974 and it remains open throughout the year between 9 AM to 1 PM and from 1 PM to 5 PM.
Tiger Safari Zoo, Amaltas
Tiger Safari Zoo is one of the best places for a weekend trip with family and friends. It is a perfect destination for people interested in wildlife safari, jungle trekking, wildlife sightseeing, and more. Located around 6 kms away from the main city of Ludhiana on the GT road on the Ludhiana-Jalandhar highway, this place is worth spending time at. The rich flora and fauna of this park is spread over an area of 25 acres and offers the views of animals like black buck, Sambhar, rabbits, peacocks, etc. The majestic tigers can be spotted here too as they move freely in the protected areas of the jungle. Tiger Safari is something that every tourist must try upon visiting here.
Maharaja Ranjit Singh War Museum
Built in the memory of war soldiers who fought different battles, the Maharaja Ranjit Singh War Museum was constructed by the Punjab Government in the year 1999. Spread across four acres of land on the GT road in Ludhiana, the museum pay homage to the soldiers and educate people about their role in the defense. The prime attraction of the museum is the majestic statue of Maharaja Ranjit Singh sitting proudly on a throne in the entrance of the museum. The museum has 12 different galleries, including Ancient History Gallery, Post Independence History Gallery, War Hero’s Gallery, Air Force and Navy Gallery, and more. Every evening a light and sound show is organized in the lawn outside the building, narrating a story of war heroes and their role in the war.
Gurudwara Charankanwal Sahib Machhiwara
The Gurudwara Charankanwal Sahib Machhiwara is of great importance to the Sikh community, who believes that the place where the Gurudwara is constructed is the same spot where Guru Gobind Singh rested while fighting against the massive Mughal force. It is believed that he had a sip of water here and met his three devotees, Dharam Singh, Daga Singh, and Manu Singh, who joined him in the fight. The Gurudwara Charankanwal Sahib Machhiwara is located 35 kms away from the main city and is marked by a religious fair, held every year in the memory of Guru Gobind Singh.
This is a tomb of a famous Muslim saint Abdul Kadir Galani, visited by both Hindu and Muslim pilgrims from around the city and even outside. It is located inside the Ludhiana Fort and is known for its unique architecture and design. The tomb belongs to the members of Shah Shuja’s family, whose belongings can be seen here. Entry to Pir-I-Dastgir Shrine is free and it can be visited at any time of the day.
Rara Sahib Gurudwara
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Rara Sahib Gurudwara is one of the best tourist attractions in Ludhiana, visited by devotees from different parts of Punjab and outside. Sikhism followers believe in the holiness of the place and so they visit this place to get some peace and solace from the hubbub of the city life. The Gurudwara is located a little far from the main center of the city, but can be easily visited through own vehicle or public transport. The architectural beauty of the temple is something to look forward to and which is why tourists irrespective of any religion visit the place.
Shivala Sangliwala Temple/Mandir
This magnificent temple is believed to be around 400 years old and is located in the Old Ludhiana, attracting tourists from all over the world. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva and every year during Shivratri, pilgrims from distant areas visit this temple to offer holy water of River Ganges to the idol of Lord Shiva. During Shivratri, the temple witnesses long queues, waiting to catch a glimpse of Lord Shiva. A lot of people take a difficult journey of Kanwar from Haridwar to Ludhiana to offer holy water of River Ganges to Shivalingams.
Ansal Plaza Shopping Mall
You must be wondering why we are mentioning a mall in the list as every city has one or two, but Ansal Plaza Shopping Mall of Ludhiana has a different story. It is the first International level shopping mall in the city, spread over an area of 1.5 lakh square feet, offering 35 branded stores and a lot of eating joints. It is a major landmark of the city and one of the most crowded places in Ludhiana. Tourists who want to spend some time shopping and relaxing can definitely come to this place.
Deer Park, Neelon
Deer Park, Neelon is a perfect picnic spot for families, couples, or individuals, who likes to explore the wild beauty of forests around Ludhiana. It is also ones of the best nearby tourist weekend getaways, frequented by wildlife enthusiasts, nature lovers, and joggers. Located around 20 kms away from the main city, this park houses a large number of spotted deer, Sambar, porcupine, black buck, and rabbit. One can also spot beautiful birds here like budgerigar, red headed parakeet, and grey partridge. The park is best known for sightseeing and early morning walks.
Gurudwara Manji Sahib
Gurudwara Manji Sahib is also known as Alamgir Sahib, is the same place where Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth guru of the Sikhs, believed to have stayed for a short while. It is said that he shot an arrow in the ground near this place and a spring of water appeared here, known as Tirsar. A lot of tourists and locals visit this place in great belief that their prayers will be heard. This Gurudwara is named Manji Sahib as Manji means a bed and sahib is a term used to show respect for a god like identity, so the term Manji Sahib is used for a small bed where the holy book Sri Guru Granth Sahib is placed.
Right from ancient buildings to mosques to Gurudwaras to temples to zoo, Ludhiana has everything to satiate the urge of travel junkies. So, if you are keen on visiting this religious city and explore its popular destinations, we invite you to plan your trip to Ludhiana now and enjoy your journey like you always wanted to.
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Published: 23 Oct, 2015