. Ludhiana is the most popular and rapidly growing metropolitan cities of Punjab. Ludhiana is a popular city of Punjab and is a hub of the religious shrines, monuments and Tourists attractions. Many historical Gurudwaras, related with the life of Sikh Gurus are located in Ludhiana. Punjabi and Hindi are the local languages of Ludhiana. Ludhiana is popular for for the best and typical Punjabi cuisine - Tandoori recipes, Makkai Di Roti with Sarson da Saag, and Lassie's
Ludhiana got the status of Industrial hub of Punjab. Ludhiana is also popularly known as the 'Manchester of India' for its hosiery production. The hosiery goods manufactured at Ludhiana are exported to countries like America, Russia etc. India's famous cycle manufacturer - Hero cycles, have their manufacturing unit in Ludhiana. Ludhiana also boasts of one of the largest production units of accessories and spare parts for two-wheelers, autos and tractors. Accessories which are used in German cars like Mercedes and BMW are solely manufactured in Ludhiana.
Ludhiana is also famous for the production of sewing machines and is one of the largest producers of sewing machines in Punjab and North India. It is one of the leading manufacturers of woolen clothes and knitwear. The most popular woolen brands like Monte Carlo are manufactured in Ludhiana.
The first school of medicine in Asia - 'Christian Medical College/Hospital', instituted in 1895, is also located in Ludhiana. 'Punjab Agricultural University' the largest agricultural university of Asia - which was established in the year 1962, is situated in the city of Ludhiana.
. This small Fort alias Ludhiana Fort is situated in Phillaur, Punjab on the banks of the Sutlej River,14Km from Ludhiana. It is an ancient ( 17th century) fort .In the second half of the century it was transformed to a serai and in the 18th centuary it was further converted into a mud fort and then in 1809-12 it became the military fortress of Maharaja Ranjit Singh. The governor general of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, Dewan Mohkam Chand intelligently designed the fort very beautifully ,which makes it very fascinating to the tourists.
The fort was then converted by the British into the Police training center and now occupied by the Police Academy of Punjab. The fort is having a huge entrance gate and one can reach the fort through the winding paths or through waterway, adjoining the outer boundary. Inside this Fort complex we can see the famous shrine of Pir-i-Dastgir, also known as Abdul Kadir Galani and tombs of Muslim Saints and tombs belonging to members of Shah Shuja's family.
. It is a 500 year old fort, which was constructed by Sikander Lodhi who was a muslim ruler on a strategic location along the banks of the Sutlej in the city. Sultan Lodhi constructed this fort. Shere-e-Punjab Maharaja Ranjit Singh had got dug up a large and mysterious tunnel that connected the Lodhi Fort with his residential palace at Phillaur town across the Sutlej River.Though it is in ruins today, a lot of tourists come here to see it.
Punjab Agricultural University Museum
. The Punjab Agricultural University Museum is located on the outskirts of the city of Ludhiana. This Museum is situated within the premises of Punjab Agricultural University and is one of the significant educational sightseeing points of Ludhiana.
The Punjab Agriculture University was set up in 1962 as a replica of the Land Grant of America. The museum of this university comprises local arts, crafts and several other varieties of ancient objects. There is also a popular ???Kisan Mela' organized at this university every year. This fair displays various farming equipments and old bronze utensils.
. Maharaja Ranjit Singh's War Museum was planned in 1990, with an aim to create general awareness about the defense services, which not only serve in defending the country, but are also a symbol of national integration.
Maharaja Ranjit Singh War Museum is situated on GT Road. Covering an area of about 4 acres.A huge statue of Maharaja Ranjit Singh sitting magnificently on a throne is placed at the entrance.
The museum has many galleries showcasing various categories. A few of them are War Hero's Gallery, Costume Gallery, Kargil Gallery, Signal and Medical Corps Gallery.The museum has a collection of the various war trophies won by all the three defense forces. If the war interests you, see the displays of tanks, anti-aircraft guns and sukhoi fighter aircrafts displayed.A wall in the museum is adorned with portraits of many awarded soldiers. There are regular shows held in the light and sound hall of the museum.
Punjab Rural Heritage Museum
. Punjab Rural Heritage Museum was inaugurated by Khushwant Singh on April 26, 1974. It is situated in The Punjab Agriculture University Campus. The museum poignantly depicts the rural life of the Punjabis and displays the Punjabi culture at its best. There is a 100-yard long path, flanked by water channels on both the sides. This leads to the finely carved doors of the museum at the entrance. Its interior is divided into a number of sections.
The museum has a collection of Harappan pottery and coins, house-hold equipments like grain storage bins, equipments for spinning and weaving, musical instruments like Dholak (drum), Sitar, Sarangi, Tamba and Algoza. The museum also displays typical Punjabi dress, jewelry and Punjabi juttis. It contains a rich collection of traditional handicrafts and artistic collection.
Guru Nanak Dev Bhawan
. Guru Nanak Dev Bhawan is situated in 4 acres near the mini secretariat in Ludiana have an air-conditioned auditorium, which is the first of its kind in the Ludhiana city, a museum , art gallery, conference halls, a well-stocked library , shopping arcade with 48 shops and a theatre for staging plays.
The construction of the complex is not completed yet but a part of it where the auditorium, library and art gallery located was inaugurated by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal in April 2000 with great fanfare .It is one of the project of the centenary celebrations of the Khalsa.
. This 17th centuary beautiful Sarai (protected monument) situated at Doraha Village to the south of Ludhiana -Khanna road, built by the Mughal ruler Jahangir. This huge rectangular Sarai has octagonal bastions at each corner with168m. Square area of battlemented walls and also has rooms and verandahs on all sides .It have a huge two double-storied gateways in the centre on northern and southern sides, connected with a kachha pathway. The northern gate was painted with floral designs and the southern gate has flora and fauna paintings.
Sarai has 20 rooms on northern and southern sides and 30 rooms eastern and western sides each with a suite of three rooms in the centre . The walls and ceilings of these rooms were richly painted with bright colours. The octagonal opening in the ceilings is for light and ventilation and a distinctive hammam system for boiling water are the most notable ones.
Nehru Rose Garden
. Spread over an area of 30 acres, Nehru Rose Garden is in the Civil Lines area of Ludhiana.It was established in 1967. It serve as an open ground for people to have morning and evening walks, exercises and also offers some priceless moments of relaxation. There are more than 17,000 plants here, representing 1,600 varieties of roses, apart from several fountains. Every year, a Rose Festival is held here, which attracts lots of tourists. It is a picnic spot with landscaped lawns ,musical fountain, pathway ,mini-zoo and also offers boat rides in the pool are the major entertainments which attracts the visitors.
Tiger Safari Zoo
. Tiger Zoo is located on GT Road (Ludhiana-Jalandhar Highway) and is just 6 km away from the main city.It was established in 1993 and here one can see the majestic tigers are freely wandering in the protected forest, black bucks, sambhars, rabbits and lots of peacocks. It is a good picnic spot for the children and they thrilled to see the bathing of the tigers in the pool and sleeping under the bushes. The tigers are viewed from a distance and offer exciting sight. People come from far and wide to enjoy a tiger safari at the place.
Gurudwara Shrimanji Sahib Alamgir
. Gurudwara Shrimanji Sahib Alamgir is situated in the Alamgir village of Ludhiana city and comes amongst one of its most popular religious sightseeing attractions. It lies at 10 km from the city and is one of the examples of the religious harmony that prevailed in the previous times. At this place, the great Guru Gobind Singh was given protection by his Muslim devotees Nabi Khan and Ghani Khan.
The place has an auspicious tank, the water of which is considered to be sacred by the devotees. According to a legend, Guru Gobind Singh once shot an arrow on this tank due to which water came out of it. Since then Sikhs consider the water holy and take bath in it to get ???mukti'. There is also a popular fair held at this Gurudwara every year in December.
Gurudwara Charan Kamal
. Located on Charan Kamal Road, in the small town of Machhiwara, Gurdwara Charan Kanwal Sahib is at a distance of 35 km from Ludhiana. There are many religious connotations associated with the place the gurdwara is built on. It marks the site of the garden where Guru Gobind Singh had a sip of water and a spell of small sleep. He had rested here while fighting a guerrilla war against the massive Mughal force. This is the place where his three devotees - Dharam Singh, Daga Singh and Manu Singh joined him. A religious fair is held here every year, to commemorate the memory of the saint.
Gurdwara Gurusar Sahib
. Gurdwara Gurusar Sahib is a holy shrine of Sikhs, situated in Lal Kalan village in Ludhiana. This shrine is also called as Gurudwara Shri Beri Sahib. This shrine is renowned for the visit of two Sikh Guru's - Guru Hargobind Sahib Ji and Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji. It is an ancient one-storied structure with a dome and small minarets on the top of the building.
A sacred pond (Sarovar) is situated in the vicinity of this Gurudwara - it is believed to have the holy power to cure the diseases. Prakash Utsav of Guru Nanak Dev Ji, Guru Hargobind Singh Ji and Guru Gobind Singh Ji are celebrated with great fervor and enthusiasm at this shrine.
Gurudwara Gau Ghat
. Gurdwara Gau Ghat is situated on the bank of the stream Budha Nala, Gau Shala road, Ludhiana City. Guru Nanak Dev Ji visited the site in his travels during early sixteenth century. It is believed that Nawab of Lodhi Jalal-ud-din who lived in the fort nearby, came to pay respect to Guruji. The Nawab requested Guruji to save the town from erosion by the River Sutlej.
Guruji adviced him to leave it to the will of God. It so happened that in due course of time, river Satluj moved away from the city. A main hall stands at the site to mark the occasion. Prakash Divas of all Gurus are celebrated here. Baisakhi too is celebrated with enthusiasm.
Gurudwara Shri Damdama Sahib
. Gurdwara Damdama Sahib Patshahi Chhevin is the main attraction of this city. Gurudwara Shri Damdama Sahib (Raqba) is a famous shrine of Sikhs, located in the village of Raqba, Ludhiana. This shrine is renowned for the visit of tenth Sikh Guru - Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji.Constructed back in the year 1932, it is a magnificent architectural three-storeyed rectangular structure, built with a huge dome on the top of the building. A big Sarovar is situated in the vicinity of this Gurudwara.
Pir I Dastgir Shrine
. Pir-I-Dastgir shrine is located in the north-western part of the city of Ludhiana. This shrine is also known as Abdul Kadir Galani and is strategically located within the Ludhiana Fort. The most significant attraction of this shrine is its tombs that belong to Muslim saints and the members of Shah Shuja's family. This is the reason that both Muslim and Hindu devotees get attracted to this shrine.
Gurudwara Nanaksar Jagroan
. Gurudwara Nanaksar Jagroan is located 38 km from Ludhiana and is dedicated to the Sikh saint, Baab Nand Singh Kaleranwale. This place is also recognized as the one where the tenth Sikh guru, Guru Gobind Singh fell during a massive war against the Mughals.
In the recent times this Gurudwara has been turned into a shrine with international following including countries like USA, UK, Canada and Germany. There is also a pond within the premises of this shrine. The most popular feature of this shrine is its annual festival held every year in August. This festival lasts for five days and attracts large number of devotees during the period.
. Bhir consists of the famous octagonal shape mosque built by Mohammad Ghori in the year 1911,The mausoleum of Alawal Khan built during Shah Jehan's rule, 150 years old Khangah of Abdul Rehman Khan , tomb of Bahadur Khan built with sloping walls, 2 storied - double tomb of Husain Khan, and Rectangular shape Bilwanwali Masjid
Bilwanwali Masjid is the mosque of Kamal-ud-din Khan/Sarai Doraha dates back to the period of Emperor Jahangir, situated on the main highway of Ludhiana . On all sides it has rooms and verandahs and the two great double storied gates of the mosque are gracefully decorated with colored tiles, and elaborate brick carvings. The double pear shape dome of the mosque is very attractive.
. Hardy's World is a beautiful recreational, amusement and Water Park located on Ludhiana-Jalandhar road in the city of Ludhiana. Hardy's world is the 3rd largest Indoor snow city of India. The amusement park of Hardy s world has striking cars, roller coasters, pendulum, dream girl, water shoot, merry-go-round, Hardy's train, motorcycles, cup-n-saucers, sun-n-moon, aero plane, caterpillar, kiddies car, wax museum etc. The water park has wave pool, kiddies pool, multi-activity pool, speed slide, body slide, family slide and rain dance.
The amusement park at Patials also houses three restaurants which serve south Indian, north Indian and continental cuisines along with Ice Creams, Soft Drinks and Bottled potable water.
. Ludhiana Clock Tower is a famous attraction of Ludhiana, widely known as Ghanta Ghar and stands as a significant landmark in the city. Ludhiana Clock tower was erected in the memory of silver jubilee year of Queen Victoria's rule. This tower was inaugurated as Victoria Memorial Clock tower on October 18, 1906 by the former lieutenant Governor of Punjab and his dependences, Sir Charles Montgomery conjointly with the former Deputy Commissioner Ludhiana - Deewan Tek Chand. The tower was erected at the location, which is proximity to the business centre and the railway station. Four giant wall clocks were placed on the each side of this tower. On 18 October, 1976 a Special envelope was issued during LUPEX 76 on this Clock Tower.
Guru Nanak Stadium
. Guru Nanak stadium is situated in Ludiana. Ludhiana is well known as the sports capital of Punjab, as a record number of international sports infrastructure has come up in the recent years. It had the right of hosting 31st National Games in the year 2001, in the newly constructed Guru Nanak Stadium. This Guru Nanak Sports complex provides some special modern facilities for games of Athletics, Football, Basketball, Volleyball, Handball, Gymnastics, Badminton, Table Tennis and other indoor games. The expense for the construction of the stadium will cost 154 million Indian rupees. It is illuminated with flood lights and has a capacity for 15000 spectators. There is an 8 path synthetic track with a two way warming up track.
The track conforms to the international standards for conduct of any national or international meet. National Football League matches will be conducted in its well - maintained football ground. Basketball Indoor Hall was built with a synthetic surface by the Sports Department at a cost of Rs.120.00 Lacs . Two additional outdoor Basketball courts are also available. All the three grounds are also illuminated with flood lights.