Ludhiana is located on the banks of River Sutlej. Ropar and Fatehgarh border the place towards the west and Sangrur and Patiala on the south. The whole area can be divided into flood plain and upland plain.
A number of gurudwaras are located within the city. The city is known for its commercial success as well.
Places to visit
Lodi qila: This fort is over 500 years old. It was built by Sikander Lodhi. The location of the fort held strategic importance. It was made on the banks of Sutlej and provided easy mobility and access. The fort is now in ruins due to lack of attention by both the officials and the local residents. It served the military purpose.
Gurudwara Shrimanji Sahib Alamgir: This gurudwara is situated 10 kilometers from Ludhiana. Guru Gobind Singh was carried here by Nabi Khan and Ghani Khan, two Muslim devotees, at the time of battle. The Sikhs were transformed from pacifist to martial under his guidance. The Sikh community called ‘Khalsa’ was set up by him.
Hardy's World: Hardy’s World is an amusement park. It is situated about 7 kilometers from Ludhiana. Activities and facilities such as theme parties, cafes, joy rides and shopping complex are available here.
Bhir: A famous mosque is present at Bhir. It was built in the year 1911 by Mohammad Ghori. Bhir also has a 150 year old Khangah of Abdul Rehman. The mausoleum of Alawal Khan is also present at Bhir. It was built during the rule of Mugal Emperor Shah Jahan. It is octagonal in shape and is topped over by a double pear shaped dome. Another famous structure is the tomb of Bahadur Khan. It has sloping walls. The double tomb of Hussain Khan is also present. Other well known places are the Bilwanwanli Masjid and the mosque of Kamal-ud-din Khan.
The Museum of Rural history of Punjab: It is located within the Punjab University campus. The traditional houses of rural Punjab have been depicted in the structure of the museum building. Water channels are found on either side. The doors of the museum are finally carved. Old bronze utensils, farming equipment and other items are depicted. The timings of the museum are 9am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm.
Pir-i-Dastgir: Pir-i-Dastgir is a famous shrine. It is also called as Abdul Kadir Galani. Hindus and Muslims flock in large numbers to visit this tomb. Other tombs are also found in the nearby areas.
Punjab Agricultural University: It is a world famous University. It also has a very good museum within its campus.
Alawal Khan Tomb: Emperor Shah Jahan built this tomb. It has an octagonal shape.
Sardar Bahadur Khan Tomb: This tomb has sloping walls which make it unique.
Sanghoi: Sanghoi is a famous excavation site. A Buddhist Stupa was dug out in the year 1968. In the year 1985, 117 beautiful caves stone slabs, pillars cross bars were also excavated. Coins and seals have also been found. These items are exhibited in the museum of Sanghoi.
Manji Sahib: This gurudwara was built in the honour of Guru Gobind Singh. It is located 11 kilometers from Manji Sahib. It has six floors and the pavement is laid with marble.
Doraha Sarai: It is a restroom. It was built during the time of Mughals. It is 20 kilometers away from Ludhiana.
Hatur: Hatur has religious importance for the followers of Jainism.
Faridkot: Raja Moluski founded this town around 700 years back. It is located 118 kilometers away from Ludhiana. The place was initially named as Mokurhai before the locals named it after a local Baba Farid. Thence, it came to be known as Faridkot.
Muktasar: It is located at a distance of 166 kilometers. It has religious importance.
How to reach Ludhiana
By Air: Chandigarh is the nearest airport. It is situated 100 kilometers away. An airport it also present in Amritsar which lies in close vicinity.
By Rail: Ludhiana has its own railhead. It is connected to many cities of the country by means of trains.
By Road: Major cities like New Delhi, Amritsar, Chandigarh and others within Punjab are well connected to Ludhiana via roads. A vast network of buses are available.