Lodhi Fort is one of the forts in the vicinity of Ludhiana in Punjab. Locally known as Purana Qila or Old Fort, it is a grand structure which now lies in ruins due to poor maintenance. The fort stands on a large piece of land now encroached from all sides. What was once the gateway to Sikander Lodhi's empire and the pride of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, now lies forgotten and in ruins. Surprisingly, a large percent of the local population is not even aware of the whereabouts of this fort. Even though the fort looks like a pretty ordinary ancient structure without invoking much interest of people, it does have a grand past.
Hardy's world amusement park is the most sorted out places in Ludhiana, Punjab. This water-themed park gets your adrenaline pumped up with over 20 exhilarating rides like the roller coaster, sun & moon, pendulum and motorcycle. Situated 7 km away from Ludhiana, it is the most significant water-themed park in Punjab. It's nestled over a large area of parkland on the Ludhiana - Jalandhar Highway. It's a frolic place with mostly wave pools and water slides around the place.
A 19th century mosque, Bheer is another popular pilgrimage centre of Ludhiana attracting a large number of devotees.
Designed by Dewan Mokham Chand, general of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, the fort is an architectural wonder and never fails to attract visitors from far flung places.
35 km from Machhiwara, a town in Ludhiana district of Punjab is Gurudwara Charan Kanwal. The road to Gurudwara is connected by the Ludhiana-Chandigarh Highway. The serene ambiance and the beautiful aesthetic architecture of the Gurudwara attract many tourists. It has an aura that gives every visitor spiritual peace. In December, an annual congregation fair is held that marks the days of Guruji's stay (9th and 10th of Poh) the days Guruji stayed at Machhiwara.
Famous as the memoir of Guru Gobind Singh, Gurudwara Nanaksar Jagraon is situated on the banks of Nanaksar Sarovar in Ludhiana. In the year 1975, Sikh Saint Baba along with his followers established the Gurudwara in Kaleran. A dominant feature of this shrine is the annual festival held every year for five days in August. It is attended by nearly one-lakh devotees. This beautifully structured edifice houses three separate shrines around its premises namely Gurdwara Sahib Patshahi Pehli, Gurdwara Sahib Patshahi Chhevin and Gurdwara Sahib Patshahi Dasvin.
Known For : Golden Temple Wagah Border Jallianwala Bagh
Home of the glorious Golden Temple, the iconic city of Amritsar, portrays the heroic character of the Punjab. A day in this peaceful city starts with the spiritual prayers from Gurudwaras. The original name of first the ancient lake, then of the temple complex, and later the surrounding city, meaning "pool of ambrosial nectar."
Best Time: October to March
Known For : Dharamshala Cricket Stadium Library of Tibetan Works and Archives St. John in the Wilderness Church
Dharamsala is famed as the holy residence of the Dalai Lama and houses the Tibetan monk in exile. Dharamsala is located in Kangra district at a distance of 18km from Kangra City. The city is distinctively separated as upper and lower divisions with different altitudes. The lower division is the Dharamsala town itself whereas the upper division is popularly known as Mcleodganj.
Best Time: October to June
Known For : Kangra Fort Baijnath Temple Brajeshwari Temple
Kangra is a district in Himachal Pradesh with Dharamshala as the administrative headquarters. With might Beas River flowing through the Valley, Kangra is also known for the backdrop of Dhauladar range, ancient temples and endless tea plantations. Repeated mention of the Valley in the holy Hindu texts, present Kangra as 'Devbhumi' or Land of the Gods.
Best Time: September to June
Known For : Qila Mubarak Complex Sheesh Mahal, Patiala Moti Bagh Palace
The fourth-largest city in the state of Punjab, Patiala is nestled in the southeast of the golden land. Patiala has strong historical and cultural roots, surrounded by architectural marvels and cultural heritage along with being a preferred destination for exploring the core traditions of Punjab. Patiala was once an erstwhile princely state and hence is home to many architectural marvels that are a blend of Mughal and Rajput architecture.
Best Time: October to March
Known For : Rose Garden Rock Garden Sukhna Lake
Chandigarh, a union territory that is the capital of both Punjab as well as Haryana, is an ideal definition of the word 'city'. With a culture that includes instances of both traditional Punjab as well as modernity, Chandigarh's food and gedi culture (a leisure drive or ride the city) is something that everyone knows of! Located at a distance of 265 km from Delhi, Chandigarh is one of the favourite weekend road trip destinations of Delhiites. Any tour of "The City Beautiful" needs to begin with boating at the beautiful Sukhna Lake.
Best Time: August to March
Known For : Noor Mahal Karna Lake Babur's Masjid
Karnal, a city in the Indian state of Haryana, boasts of a history reaching into the period of the Mahabharata. Nestled in the banks of the sacred Yamuna River, Karnal today is popularly called the ‘Rice Bowl of India’ for its vast rice fields. Located in the National Capital Region, Karnal has limited tourist attractions to see, the most popular of which is Karna Lake. It is believed that it was here that the mythological hero Karna, after whom the city is named, gave alms to the poor.
Known For : Science City Kapurthala Devi Talab Mandir Nehru Park
The city of Jalandhar is the true personification of the rich heritage and history of Punjab - a culmination of the old and the new. This historic city was a part of the illustrious Indus Valley Civilisation. Present day Jalandhar has grown to be an important commercial and industrial hub and is also known for its delectable Punjabi cuisine. The ancient city of Jalandhar promises to let you experience the best of Punjab, along with a taste of its history and culture.
Known For : Mukteshwar temple Nurpur Fort Ranjit Sagar Dam
Pathankot is a city located in Punjab, bordered by Pakistan on the west in the foothills of Kangra and Dalhousie. With the river Chakki passing by, Pathankot is located at the meeting point of Jammu & Kashmir, Punjab and Himachal Pradesh. It is best known for its serene green beauty and a rich historical past. Pathankot has its railway station which is connected with most of the major railway stations of India, and that makes it a significant place to the surrounding areas of Dalhousie, Dharamsala, Kangra, Manali and parts of Jammu and Kashmir.
Best Time: October to Apr
Known For : Bhakra Nangal Dam Gobind Sagar Lake Water Sports and Fishing
Bilaspur is a hill town near Shimla, famous for its forts and Gobind Sagar lake, a man-made reservoir considered the lifeline of the district. Bilaspur, India's first planned hill station, is popularly known for its artificially made lake which is called the Gobind Sagar Lake on Sutlej River. It is a beautiful lake where one can rejuvenate and participate in water sports and fishing. Also, this lake provides water to the very famous Bhakra Nagal Dam.
Best Time: Throughout the year
Known For : Brahma Sarovar Krishna Museum Sannihit Sarovar
A city in the state of Haryana, Kurukshetra, also known as Dharmakshetra is known as the "Land of the Bhagavad Gita". Situated 170 km north to Delhi, the place is famous for the battle between the Kauvaras and the Pandavas in the Hindu epic, Mahabharata. It is the place where Lord Krishna is said to have recited the Bhagavad Gita to Arjuna.
Best Time: July to March
Hoshiarpur is a city and municipal corporation located in the northeast of Punjab, in the Doaba region. About 119 km away from Chandigarh, and 84 km from Ludhiana. It is also referred to as the City of Saints. Although this place has a large number of villages, it has an urban culture. Some touristy places are a 400-year-old Biranwala Temple near Balachaur, Sheesh Mahal, Dolbaha, Hoshiarpur Archaeological Museum and Takhni-Rehmapur Wildlife Sanctuary.
Best time: October to March.
Sirsa is a district, and also a municipal council. There are 183 villages under Sirsa. By road, it is located 197 km away from Ludhiana and 243 km from Chandigarh. The Sirsa railway station is well known for its cleanliness. There are famous Gurudwara and museum as well. Near Sirsa, some other notable places are Ambala, Patiala, Hisar, Jind, Panipat etc.
Best time: January to April, October to December.
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