Ludhiana was earlier known as “Lodi-Ana-Lodi’s place” and is located on the banks of River Sutlej. Ludhiana was a home for the Lodi Dynasty but now it is one of the biggest commercial hubs in India. Ludhiana is one of the oldest places in the world which has kept its charm and there are so many places for travelers to visit here, keeping it a most popular city in India. Here are the best attractions that deserve to be recognized.
1. Lodhi Fort
Lodhi Fort was built by the famous Muslim ruler Sikander Lodhi around 500 years ago. This mesmerising fort is the pride of Ludhiana. This magnificent structure is located on the banks of River Sutlej. This castle is in ruins now, yet a lot of tourists visit this place and experience the age-old beauty time and time again. The fort was built with the purpose of stopping intruders from entering the city. You will enjoy this fort, as it is surrounded by lush green landscapes and offers a rich view of the River Satluj.
Address: Near the banks of Sutlej River, Ludhiana
Website: Lodhi Fort
Gurudwara is the Sikh place of worship and Manji Sahib, aka Alamgir Sahib, is situated near the village of Alamgir, Ludhiana. Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth guru of the Sikhs, believes in staying here for a short while. Legends say that he shot an arrow in the ground near this place and a spring of water appeared here, known as Tristar. After this incident, Sikhs consider the water holy and take baths in it to get “Mukti”. You can enjoy a popular fair held at the Gurudwara every year in December.
Address: Alamgir, Punjab
3. Rural Olympics at Kila Raipur
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It is a home to one of the quirkiest festivals you will come across anywhere in the world - Rural Olympics. Kila Raipur is an amazing village, whose love for sports is unmatched anywhere in the country. This village is just 15 kilometers (9.3 miles) away from Ludhiana and is like any other village, with huge fields of wheat. You can see fields of wheat as far as the eye can see, except for the three days of February, when the village transforms into a hub of sports and celebration. The Rural Olympics sees all farming activities suspended and male members of the community participating in numerous sports activities. During this event, you can see a celebration of Punjabi rural life, with renditions of Punjabi folk music and dances. Participants come from neighboring regions and show their prowess and athleticism.
Rural Olympics at Kila Raipur
Website: Rural Olympics at Kila Raipur
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4. Phillaur Fort
Phillaur Fort is one of the most popular historic attractions of Ludhiana City. The fort is situated in Phillaur, Punjab, on the banks of Sutlej River. It is a very ancient fort. Throughout its lifetime it has been the military fortress of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, a Sarai, and a mud fort. This fort has a huge entrance gate and you can reach the fort through the winding paths, adjoining the outer boundary. You can see the famous shrine of Pir-i-Dastgir, also known as Abdul Kadir Galani, inside the fort.
Address: Punjab Police Academy Campus, Phillaur, Punjab
5. Rural Museum
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The Rural Museum depicts the rural life of the people of Punjab and displays Punjab culture in an excellent manner. This museum is situated in the Punjab Agriculture University campus of Ludhiana, Punjab. The museum was constructed under the guidance of Dr M.S. Randhawa and covers an area of 4,000 m2 (43,055 ft2). This beautiful rural museum of Punjab is a must-visit place for those who want to know about rural Punjab. The museum is divided into different parts displaying a collection of pottery and coins, kitchen equipment, musical equipment and much more collected from small ancient villages.
Website: Rural Museum
6. Gurudwara Charankanwal Sahib Machhiwara
Gurudwara Charankanwal Sahib Machhiwara is of great important place for the Sikh community. It is believed that it is the place where the Guru Gobind Singh rested while fighting against the massive Mughal force. This is the place where he had a sip of water and met his three devotees, Dharam Singh, Daga Singh, and Manu Singh. They joined him in the fight. It is marked by a religious fair which always attracts many devotees and visitors.
Gurudwara Charankanwal Sahib Machhiwara
Address: Machhiwara, Punjab
7. Pir-I-Dastgir Shrine
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Pir-I-Dastgir shrine is also known as Abdul Kadir Galani. This place is visited by both Hindu and Muslim pilgrims. It is located inside the Ludhiana Fort to the northwest of Ludhiana. It is famous for its unique architecture and design. The tomb belongs to the members of Shah Shuja’s family and his belongings can be seen here. Entry is free for any pilgrim at any time.
Website: Pir-I-Dastgir Shrine
8. Guru Nanak Stadium
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Ludhiana is well known for its sports. A number of international sport infrastructures have come up in the recent years. The newly constructed Guru Nanak Stadium got the rights to host the 31st National Games in the year 2001. Apart from just stadium facilities, it also provides other modern facilities like football, basketball, volleyball, handball, table tennis, and gymnastics venues, along with other indoor sport venues. There is also an 8 path synthetics track, which conforms to the international standards for the conduct of any national or international use.
Guru Nanak Stadium
Address: Ludhiana, Punjab
Website: Guru Nanak Stadium
9. Nehru Rose Garden
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This beautiful rose garden is situated in Ludhiana City and was established in 1967. If you love roses then this is the place for you. It is one of the biggest rose gardens in Asia, with more than 17,000 plants and 1,600 varieties of roses. The features that will attract you to visit this place include its landscaped lawns, musical fountain, and mini zoo. Its famous rose festival attracts thousands of visitors every year.
Nehru Rose Garden
Address: Government College Rd, Near Government College, New Prem Nagar, Civil Lines, Ludhiana, Punjab
Bhir is home to the famous mosque built during the 19th-century by Mohammad Ghori. This is another popular pilgrimage center of Ludhiana, attracting a large number of devotees from all over the world every year.
Address: Bhir Ludhiana, Punjab
The perfect tour for your holiday
So as you can see, from ancient buildings, to mosques, to the zoo, to stadiums, Ludhiana has no shortage of things to see and do. If you are keen on visiting this religious city and exploring its popular destinations, then I must implore you to enjoy your journey and take the trip you always wanted.
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