With rapid industrialization, liberalization and advancement in technology, new marketing hubs like malls are developed to meet the commercial challenges of the time. Ludhiana is one such place in the Punjab that is fast developing technically and commercially and thus has become a place of interest for the visitors. Besides, visitors having interest in heritage will be doubly benefited by visiting Ludhiana, a city in the Punjab.
One of the most significant attractions for visitors is a small village called ‘Kila Raipur’ organizes Rural Olympics every year in the month of February. Started in the year 1993, by a philanthropist Inder Singh Grewal, this Rural Olympics exhibits competitive spirits of special breeds of bullocks, camels, dogs, mules, goats and other animals. During the duration of animal competitions, visitors can also witness a number of cultural programs and festivities. These are rarest of the rare occasions for visitors. Guru Nanak Stadium stands for the general sports.
Besides excelling in engineering and manufacturing, Ludhiana has the reputation being the attraction of visitors for its historical, educational, religious and commercial sites. These diversified features of Ludhiana will keep the visitors astounded and add value to their travel.
The multi-religious sites for visitors include Gurudwaras like Alamgeer Sahib, Rara Sahib, Fly Sahib, Dukh Niwaran Sahib, Manji Sahib for those having faith on Guru Nanak Sahib. Temples too are sprawled abaundantly in Ludhiana, such as Mata Mandir near Jagraon Bridge, Krishna Mandir in Model Town, Dandi Swami Madir and Ved Mandir near Daresi Mandir and Sheetala Mandir near Municipal Corporation Office. The 19th century mosque at Bhir attracts those having faith in Islam.
Those having interest in witnessing historical sites can have their visual appetite fully satiated by visiting the Lodhi Fort which is situated on the bank of the river Sutlej and despite being in a dilapidated condition; it draws eager visitors because of its massive and magnificent structure. It stands mute witness to the historical activities king Sikander Lodhi who built the fort five centuries back.
For those having interest in antiques and ancient exhibits, Maharaja Ranjit Singh War Museum has twelve galleries exhibiting old time wars and the latest ones like the Kargil war. The Heritage Museum in Punjab Agricultural University showcases the heritage of Ludhiana. Other places of tourist interest are Tiger Safari on GT Road, Hardy’s World near Phillaur, the Rose Garden, Dream Land and the Rakh Bagh.
As the most developed commercial hub Ludhiana has a number of malls that have something special to offer to every visitor. Few malls that could be named are Ansal Plaza, MBD, Silver Arc, Elite Arcade, Kunal Tower, Westend Mall and Flamez. The Casio Mall is all set to house the biggest and the most expensive stores, offering for sale, everything latest and novel in design, style and make.
Best time to visit Ludhiana is during October to February.during which temperature varies between 20 to 6 degree C.
Unlike other places of visitors’ interest, Ludhiana offers diverse features related to the ancient, old, modern, rural, urban, culture and education.