Things To See And Do In Ludhiana, India

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Photo of Shreyas Kulkarni
9 February 2017

Located on the old banks of the Sutlej River, Ludhiana is the largest city in the state of Punjab. It is also home to several cultural attractions that draw in large flocks of tourists from all over India. From ancient religious sites to unusual museums, here are some of the top places to see in Ludhiana.

Punjab Agricultural University Museum

You’ll find the impressive Punjab Agricultural Museum on the outskirts of Ludhiana. The Punjab Agricultural University was founded in 1962, modeled after the Land Grant colleges of America. The museum of this university showcases a range of local arts, crafts and other fascinating ancient artifacts. It also hosts a famous ‘Kisan Mela,’ which displays various farming equipment and old bronze utensils.

Opening hours: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Aman Chicken

Restaurant, Indian, Asian, Vegetarian, $$$
As the name suggests, this is where you’ll find the most succulent and delicious chicken dinner in town. The restaurant has a limited eating space and minimal décor, but your surroundings are forgotten when you take that first bite into their chicken. While they have a variety of chicken and mutton menu items to choose from, we’d personally recommend the rarha chicken, chilly chicken, tandoori chicken, and butter chicken with naan.

Price: Mid-range
Opening hours: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Watch out for: the variety of chicken dishes

Rakh Bagh

Rakh Bagh is a famous park in Ludhiana, and has been a favorite relaxation spot among locals for quite a few generations. The main attraction of Rakh Bagh lies in its popular mini train, which chugs along through the park and is especially beloved by children. This scenic, adorable joyride is a must if you’re visiting the park, and the timing is just right, too: while the train has been dormant for quite some time as the park underwent renovations, it will be making a welcome return this year to delight locals and travelers alike.

Opening hours: 6 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Rakh Bagh, Ludhiana, Punjab +91 161 274 8412

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Gurudwara Nanaksar Jagraon

The Gurudwara of Nanaksar Jagroan is situated 38 km outside the city center of Ludihana. This Gurudwara has an eventful history: it was famously featured in the memoirs of the revered Sikh Saint Baba Nand Singh Kaleranwale, and it’s also recognized as the place where the tenth Sikh guru, Guru Gobind Singh, fell during a massive war against the Mughals. There is also a pond within the premises of this shrine, perfect for a moment of quiet reflection. The most popular feature of this shrine is the annual festival held every year in August, which lasts for five days straight and attracts a large outpouring of devotees. This Gurudwara is rich with beauty and history, and you can learn a lot about the Sikh religion from your visit here.

Gurudwara Nanaksar Jagraon, Nanaksar Rd, Nanaksar, Punjab +91 99145 50639

Maharaja Ranjit Singh War Museum

Covering an expanse of about four acres, the Maharaja Ranjit Singh War Museum is as well-known and respected as it is massive.The main aim of the museum is to create a general awareness of India’s defense services and to honor those who have served in them. The museum has many galleries showcasing various categories of military history and culture, including the War Hero’s Gallery, Costume Gallery, Kargil Gallery, Signal and Medical Corps Gallery. The museum also features a collection of the various war trophies won by all the three defense forces. If war and military history interest you, you’ll be wowed by their impressive displays of tanks, anti-aircraft guns and Sukhoi fighter aircraft.

Nehru Rose Garden

Established in 1967, Nehru Rose garden is easily one of the loveliest features of Ludhiana city, and an ideal setting for relaxing with family. Sprawling across a full 27 acres, it’s the largest rose garden in all of Asia and contains over 17,000 plants, representing some 1,600 varieties of roses. This garden is naturally the venue of the annual Rose Festival, a major event listed on the national calendar of fairs and festivals. The festival is one of the Ludhiana’s most-anticipated cultural events, and draws thousands of visitors to the city each year to admire the roses’ beauty.

Nehru Rose Garden, Near Government College, New Prem Nagar, Civil City, Ludhiana, Punjab +91 161 274 8412

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