Ludhiana is a large city in the north Indian state of Punjab. It is situated on the banks of the river Sutlej, and is an industrial centre of northern India, for which reason it is often referred to as “Indian Manchester”.
Ludhiana has many historical, religious as well as other kinds of attractions. Here are some of the popular spots to visit or check out in Ludhiana:
- Rakh Bagh Park – a beautiful park with greenery, breezy spaces, and also a toy train for people to take rides on, along with their kids!
- Hardy’s World – this is the largest water park in the state of Punjab, and also one of the largest in Northern India.
- Nehru Rose Garden – A garden which was established in memory of India’s first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru, who had a love for roses and used to wear a fresh rose on his coat pocket every day.
- Deer Park – A beautifully preserved ecological park that has a large deer population – a lovely place for people to visit and spend some peaceful time amidst wilderness.
Some popular historical places are:
- Gurudwara Mehdiana Sahib – An ancient Gurdwara (Sikh temple), also known as the School of Sikh History; a place of high religious significance in Ludhiana.
- Phillaur Fort – A historical fort that holds a key to Ludhiana’s deep heritage; it is now being used as a training centre for the Police Department of Ludhiana – but is also visited by tourists and history enthusiasts.
- Gurudwara Sri Manji Sahib – Another historic and religiously significant center for Sikhs, this place is said to have been the resting place of Guru Gobind Singh - the 10th guru of the Sikhs, and this marked its significance.
- Bilwanwali Masjid – Ludhiana also has a modest Muslim population, and some beautiful historic mosques and Muslim worship places – of which this is a significant one!
Some principal festivals that are celebrated in Ludhiana include:
- Lohri – A winter folk festival celebrated in most regions in and around Punjab, in the month of January.
- Basant Panchami – a spring festival; a celebration that marks the arrival of spring (during this time Punjab’s mustard fields are usually flourishing with their yellow crop).
- Holi - festival of colours celebrated all over India, especially Northern and North western India.
- Baisakhi - Punjabi New Year, and a harvest festival in Punjab.
Ludhiana is also known for its festive fairs held here every here such as:
- Chhapar Mela
- Jarag Mela
- Roshni Mela (the Fair of Lights)
…and many more!
Must visit Museums in Ludhiana are:
- Maharaja Ranjit Singh war Museum – a museum that was created to pay tribute to the gallant soldiers who died fighting for the country.
- Punjab Rural Heritage Museum – A museum showcasing rural Punjab’s heritage and history.
- International Sikh Museum – A museum showcasing culture of the Sikhs in Punjab and around the world through the years.
Ludhiana has many markets, shopping complexes and other places for shopaholics to indulge in, or even for other people to buy souvenirs or little things like woollens and comfortable hosiery items which are abundantly available in the city.
- Akal Garh Market
- Chaura Bazar
- Mochpura Bazar
- Gur Mandi
- MBD Mall
- Silver Arc Mall
- Grand Walk Mallv
- Westend Mall
- Calibre Plaza
As Ludhiana is part of Punjab, Punjabi cuisine is predominant here. The traditional foods here are with liberal amount of desi ghee (clarified butter) and fresh spices. Milk and other dairy products are an essential part of meals here, and a special thick and creamy variant of buttermilk called Lassi (it is either mildly spiced or sweetened)– is usually served with most meals, especially lunch and breakfast. Here are some more dishes that are popular in Ludhiana:
- Rajma - Kidney beans curry.
- Punjabi Kadhi - Deep fried pakoras (fritters) dunked in a thick, tangy yogurt-based gravy.
- Raoh ki Kheer - a porridge made with boiled rice cooked in slow heat with sugarcane juice.
Some popular restaurants to check out in the city of Ludhiana are:
- Bistro 226
- Bistro Flamme Bois
- Made in India
- Pandit Prantha wala
- Aman Chicken
- The Indian Summer
- Kitchen At 95
Ludhiana has many good hotels and resorts for a comfortable stay. Here are some of the best places to stay at in Ludhiana:
- Hyatt Regency Ludhiana
- NIRVANA Hotel Banquets Club
- Radisson Blu Hotel MBD Ludhiana
- Hotel Maharaja Regency
- Regenta Central Klassik
- Hotel Gulmor
- Hotel Imperial
- Hotel Riyasat
Ludhiana is a city bustling with activities until late night, and has various hangout spots for people looking for trippy nightlife experiences. Here are some popular night clubs, bars and pubs to check out in Ludhiana:
- Weather Spice
- The Brew Haus
- PK Tunn
- Crystal Bar
- Las Vegas 2
- The Beer Cafe
- Unlock: The Resto Bar
- Sky Lounge
- Champs Sports Bar
- R2P: Right to Party
- Storm Lounge Bar
Ludhiana STD Code – 0161 (to be used before dialling numbers from a number that is not locally registered).
Common emergency numbers:
- Police - 100
- Women Helpline – 1091
- Traffic Helpline - 1073
- Ambulance - 108
- Fire emergency - 101
- Railway Enquiry - 139
- Red Cross Ludhiana (for Blood) - 0161-2441257
Punjabi is the most spoken language in Ludhiana. But, languages like English is spoken as well.
- Hello - Sat sri akaal
- How are you? - Tussi kiwen ho?
- I am fine - Main theek haan
- What is your name? - Tuhada naan ki hai?
- My name is - Mera naan haga
- Where are you from? - Tusi kithe dey ho?