Ludhiana is the largest city in Punjab and a popular industrial town. Often called as the ‘Manufacturing Capita of Punjab’, it is located 100 km west from state capital Chandigarh on NH 95 and is centrally located on National Highway 1 from Indian capital New Delhi to Amritsar. It is also well connected to New Delhi by road, frequent train service and by air.
All the flights to Ludhiana, land at the Ludhiana domestic airport, also known as Sanehwal airport, which has intermittent flights services from Delhi and Pathankot. The region experience humid subtropical type of climate and has three distinct seasons - summer, monsoon and winter. The best time to visit Ludhiana is from the month of February to April, when the weather is at its best. Kila Raipur Sports Festival, popularly known as Rural Olympics held during the month of February, Lohri held in January and Baisakhi held in April are among the best times to enjoy a festive and colorful holiday in Ludhiana.
Being an industrial town, there is not much to see or do in Ludhiana. The magnificent Lodhi fort which was built on the banks of the Sutlej River is the most popular attraction. This ancient fort, built by King Sikander Lodhi before 500 years, is a popular tourist spot in Ludhiana. The city is a perfect mix of rural and urban race and there are numerous gardens and parks which tourists can visit. There are many ‘Gurudwara’ and other religious places as well. Chandigarh airport, Amritsar airport, Lahore airport, Dharamsala airport and Kullu airport are some of the major airports located very close to Ludhiana.
Eating & Shopping
Ludhiana like all other cities in Punjab is very popular for its Punjabi cuisine. With fast growing commercialization, various international food chains too have opened in Ludhiana, beside the traditional restaurants. One should not miss a trip to Khushi Ram & Son, which is the oldest eatery in the city. Chaura Bazaar, Sarabha Nagar market and Fountain chowk are famous hangout places. Stuffed naans, Cholley Bhuture, Chaat, Tikki, Dal Makhani, parathas, paneer delicacies and lip smacking non-veg items too are some of the main food items tourists should not miss here.
Ludhiana is a trade hub of North India and some of the most popular items to shop for are – ethnic Punjabi style clothes, traditional handicrafts and varieties of knick knacks for home décor. Chaura Bazaar, Ferozpur Road, Ghumar Mandi, Clock tower and Model town are the major shopping areas for buying cheap stuff.
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