Situated on the banks of river Sutlej, Ludhiana, Punjab’s largest city, is one of the biggest manufacturing hubs in India. Also known as Manchester of India, Ludhiana is famous for its hosiery indust (Read More)ries, the ancient ruins of the Lodi dynasty and the war museum.

Here is the list of 15 Things to Do in Ludhiana

1. Gurudwara Nanaksar Jagraon

Gurudwara Nanaksar Jagraon
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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.

2. Gurudwara Shri Manji Sahib

Gurudwara Shri Manji Sahib
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Gurudwara Manji Sahib is a significant pilgrim site for devotees; it is said to be one of the most religious shrines in Punjab. Situated in the village of Alamgir, it is also known as Alamgir Sahib. A prominent highlight of this place is the palanquin (Manji) that carried Guru to his place which is till date preserved in the Bhora Sahib (underground shrine), hence the name Manji Sahib.

3. Visit the Phillaur Fort

Visit the Phillaur Fort
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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.

4. Nehru Rose Garden

Nehru Rose Garden
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Nehru Rose Garden is a beautifully landscaped garden in the heart of the city Ludhiana. Sprawling over an area 27 acres, this popular tourist attraction is home to over 17000 plants and 1600 varieties of roses. The vast lawns are perfect picnic spot with water fountains around it. Every night the fountains are illuminated with colorful lights and music.

5. Maharaja Ranjit Singh War Museum

Maharaja Ranjit Singh War Museum
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With more than twelve galleries catering to subjects like the Kargil War and Ancient History, the Maharaja Ranjit Singh War Museum contains an extensive memoir of India's past.

6. Hardy's World Amusement Park

Hardy's World Amusement Park
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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.

7. Shop at the Pavillion Mall

Shop at the Pavillion Mall
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Pavilion mall was built and developed by Bharti Realty Ltd. With a plethora of high selling international brands as well as the national products and a wholesale-retail mix of supermarket, department stores, seven-screen multiplex, food court, kids zone and restaurants, the mall is the pride of one of the most affluent cities in India - Ludhiana.

8. Explore the Lodhi Fort

Explore the Lodhi Fort
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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.

9. Walk in the Rakh Bagh Park

Walk in the  Rakh Bagh Park
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With lush green landscape and a toy train, Rakh Bagh Park of Ludhiana is a favourite spot for children, joggers and walkers. The park is a leisure space for the locals and tourists with its well-maintained garden. Revamped from the British Era the toy train never ceases to grab the attention of the children as it rides around the park.

10. Gurdwara Charankanwal Sahib Machhiwara

Gurdwara Charankanwal Sahib Machhiwara
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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.

11. Rural Olympics at Qila Raipur

Rural Olympics at Qila Raipur
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Home to one of the quirkiest festivals you will come around anywhere in the world - Rural Olympics, Kila Raipur is an amazing village whose love for sports and recreation is unmatched anywhere else in the country. The small village is located just 15 km from the city of Ludhiana in Punjab and is like any other village of the state with huge fields of wheat and mustard that stretch as far as eyes can see, and a certain calmness and peace about it.

12. Punjab Agriculture University Museum

Punjab Agriculture University Museum
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The Punjab Agriculture University Museum on the outskirts of Ludhiana, Punjab, displays artifacts from the various era of rural Punjab. The Museum is a hybrid of the agricultural and cultural portrayal of Punjab where on can visit the goat farm, cow farm, and horse farm.

13. Bhir Mosque

Bhir Mosque
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A 19th century mosque, Bheer is another popular pilgrimage centre of Ludhiana attracting a large number of devotees.

14. Authentic Street Food of Ludhiana

Authentic Street Food of Ludhiana

Punjabi food is the much-loved cuisine among all the foodies out there. And what?s better than to be Ludhiana with all the delicious and lip-smacking food. Some of the famous places to visit are Punnu ke Pakode on the Gill Road,  Chawla's for their lip-smacking cream chicken, Pandit ke Parathe in Chaura Road, Chur Mur Golgappe is popular for its chaat and more.

15. Famous Restaurants to Try

Famous Restaurants to Try

Punjabi food, especially the Chicken and Paneer in Ludhiana, is almost heavenly. Another local specialty that one must not miss is the food prepared in 'Tandoors'. Other local favorites include Rajama Chawal, Kadhi Chawal, Dal Makhani, Chole Bhature and many more.  Also, don't miss the Patiala Lassi complete with fresh malai, almonds and saffron.

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