Located on the old banks of the Sutlej River, Ludhiana is one of the main commercial hubs of Punjab. It used to be the seat of Lodi Dynasty, and has retained much of its charm from that era. From museums, parks, to gurudwara and monuments, the city is also home to several cultural attractions that draws travellers from all over India. Even if you’re here for a day, here are the places you must visit.
Start your trip by heading to the impressive Punjab Agricultural Museum on the outskirts of Ludhiana. This is where you’ll get a feel of rural Punjab; most of the artefacts showcased here throw a light on the culture of the simple people of Punjab. The museum houses ancient house-hold things such as pottery, coins, musical instruments, dress, jewellery, punjabi juttis and other handicrafts.
Rakh Bagh is a famous park in Ludhiana, and is a favourite relaxation spot for many. The main attraction of the park is its popular mini train, which chugs along inside the park and is especially loved by children. The scenic, adorable joyride should not be missed if you’re here, it’s simple pleasures like these after all that make a trip memorable.
Another gorgeous park is the Nehru Rose Garden, that was established in 1967. Sprawling across 27 acres of land, it’s the largest rose garden in all of Asia and contains over 17,000 plants, and some 1,600 varieties of roses. This garden is where the annual Rose Festival takes place, drawing unbelievable number of crowds each year.
In the land of Gurudwaras, it’s difficult to pick and choose the most pristine of them all. However, if you had to visit just one, let that be Gurudwara Nanaksar Jagraon, situated 38km outside the city centre of Ludhiana. This Gurudwara has an eventful history: this is where the tenth Sikh guru, Guru Gobind Singh, fell during a massive war against the Mughals. There is a pond inside perfect for a moment of quiet reflection, once you’ve gone around the shrine.
Last but certainly not the least, Maharaja Ranjit Singh War Museum is a museum dedicated to create awareness about India’s defence services and to honour those who have served in them. The museum has separate galleries showcasing various categories of military history and culture, such as the War Hero’s Gallery, Costume Gallery, Kargil Gallery and Medical Corps Gallery. The museum also features a collection of war trophies won by all the three defence forces as well as an impressive display of tanks, anti-aircraft guns and Sukhoi fighter aircrafts.