Today Ludhiana is densely populated cities of India situated in the state of Punjab. It got its name from the Lodhi dynasty in 1480. The river Sutlej separates Ludhiana from the city of Jalandhar. Ludhiana is world famous for its textile and light engineering industries. The famous university, Punjab agricultural university is also located on the outskirts of Ludhiana. It organizes the Kisaan Mela every year. Ludhiana is also an important pilgrimage centre of the Sikhs as there are many Gurudwaras in and around the city.
Places to see:
There are many places sightseeing and tourist attractions in Ludhiana. The fort of Lodhi, built by Sikander Lodhi some 500 years ago is situated on the banks of river Sutlej. It is a famous historical monument. About 10km. from Ludhiana is situated the famous Gurudwara Shrimanji Sahib Alamgir. This place is significant because it was here that the pacifist Sikh clan was converted to a martial community by the last Sikh guru, Guru Gobind Singh. The ‘Khalsa’ was introduced here by him. Every year in December, a fair is held. Another place of interest is the Phillaur fort which is now a place of police training center. Designed by Dewan Mohkam Chand, it is a historical fort of ancient times.
Pir-I-Dastgir shrine is a famous shrine of Peer Abdul Kadar Gilani that draws both Hindu and Muslim devotees towards it. It is located in the north-west part of Ludhiana. Some of the some other places of religious importance are Gurudwara Charan Kamal , Gurudwara Nanaksar Jagraon, the famous tombs of Hussain Khan and Bahadur Khan and the Bilwanwali Masjid. A place of popular tourist attraction is the Nehru Rose Garden spread over an area of 30 acres in the posh area of Ludhiana. About 17,000 plants and 16, 00 varieties of roses and numerous fountains make this place a centre of relaxation. A rose festival is held here every year. Located on the GT Road, 6 km. from the main city, is a fantabulous tiger safari known as the Tiger Zoo. Varieties of majestic tigers can be seen here.
A lovely amusement park, the main attraction not only for the kids but all age groups is the amazing Harry’s World. The main attractions are ice –skating and snowfall. It boasts to be the third biggest indoor snow world. The rural museum and the war museum are other places of tourist visit. Ludhiana, also known as ‘Lancaster of India’ has become quite famous as a tourist attraction city.