One gets a sense of Ludhiana’s rich culture from the fact that this city is the birthplace of iconic freethinkers such as Bhagat Singh and Rajguru (India’s famous freedom fighters), and Sahir Ludhianvi, a poet and songwriter of immense stature. On the banks of the Sutlej River, Ludhiana is Punjab’s biggest city and its manufacturing capital. Origins of some of India’s biggest business houses can be traced back to this city. Its manufacturing tradition thrives on, as the city remains a hub of small-scale industries such as cottage, woolen material, hosiery and bicycle parts. Its burgeoning textile industry led to its alternate title, the Manchester of the East. The city is equally renowned for its historical structures (erected by Lodi sultans), prominent Gurudwaras and preeminent educational institutes. Ludhiana is best experienced during Lohri in the month of January, a festival that bids farewell to the winters.
The city was founded in the 15th century under the Lodhi dynasty. According to legend, the site where today’s Ludhiana exists was once a village known as Mir Hota. The city, in those days, was called Lodhi-ana (the Lodi's town) before the name gradually transformed to Ludhiana.
The bustling city of Ludhiana is significant for Sikh pilgrims. The city is home to many prominent and serene Gurudwaras. One of the most visited is Gurudwara Shrimanji Sahib Alamgir. You will find visitors bathing in a water tank believed to offer salvation. If you arrive at this Gurudwara in the month of December, you can enjoy a famous annual fair. A few other must-see Gurudwaras are Gurudwara Nanaksar Jagroan and Gurudwara Charan Kamal.
The Lodhi Fort should be next on your itinerary. Situated near the banks of the Sutlej River, the fort was constructed more than 500 years ago by Sultan Sikander Lodhi. It was built as a military fort and its imposing design still draws admiration.
To sample the culture of this old city, visit the Punjab Agricultural University Museum. Apart from being an excellent institute, it houses many artifacts, craftwork and antique items. Every year, the museum conducts a Kisan Mela.
There are several patches of greenery that offer respite from Ludhiana’s traffic. Rakh Bagh Park and Nehru Rose Garden figure most prominently. The latter, built in 1967, promises some quality family time. It is spread over a vast space and houses over 1,600 rose varieties. Visit this garden in the evening so you can relax while watching a beautifully lit musical fountain.
Ludhiana city is well connected with the rest of India. The most preferred modes of transport are auto rickshaw, tuk-tuks (three wheelers) and local buses. Hire a taxi so that you can enjoy the city’s major attraction at your own pace. Cycle rickshaws are best for visiting crowded bazaars.
You can reach Ludhiana through train. Ludhiana Jn, Dhandari Kalan are some of the most popular train stations in Ludhiana. On an average about 100+ trains pass through Ludhiana on a daily basis. Jalandhar to Ludhiana, Ambala to Ludhiana, Phagwara to Ludhiana are some of the most popular routes to Ludhiana with 296, 267, 183 trains weekly respectively.
By road Ludhiana is surrounded by Nawanshahr, Phagwara, Malerkotla which are 21.57 km, 22.79 km, 25.44 km away respectively. These places are ideal spots for people to plan their short weekend break.
Ludhiana has a total of 38 hotels.
There are 38 hotels in Ludhiana with the popular ones being Park Plaza Ludhiana, Keys Hotel, City Heart Sarovar Portico, Fortune Klassik, A Hotel Ludhiana, Hotel Maharaja Regency etc.