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Ludhiana Tourism And Travel Guide
25.5° C / 78° F
October to February
3 to 4 Days
Ludhiana Airport (14 kms)
Ludhiana Junction Railway Station (2 kms)
Ludhiana is a town that exemplifies the cultural merrymaking of the Punjabi community in the state of Punjab. Apart from its famed people culture, the city also enchants every visitor with its wonderfully prepared handicrafts and intriguing fashion design. Tourists who visit Ludhiana must make it a point to come in during festivals such as Lohri, Baisakhi, Teej, and Basant Panchami to get up close and personal with the vibrant festivities. One popular part of these traditional festivities include tapping your feet to some upbeat Bhangra music. Over time, this conventional town has learned how to adapt by steadily building magnificent architectural wonders too. Let us dive into this travel guide to understand how Ludhiana prospers when it comes to tourism.
How to Reach
The closest airport to Ludhiana, Ludhiana Airport, lies around 14 km away from the central area of the town. Tourists need to fly into the airport at Delhi through any of the international or domestic airlines at first and then catch a connecting flight that plies to Ludhiana. Leading air carriers such as SpiceJet, AirAsia, Vistara, and Air India operate along this route, making life easier for tourists that pour into Ludhiana regularly.
The Ludhiana Junction Railway Station lies approximately 2 km apart from the main area of Ludhiana. Several express or regular trains such as Utkal Express, Jammu Tawi, Frontier Mail, Howrah Mail, and Shatabdi Express help tourists get to Ludhiana within a quick time. Ludhiana has a rail network that is well connected to adjacent cities such as Amritsar, Chandigarh, Delhi, Lucknow, and Pathankot.
The private, as well as state-operated buses of Ludhiana help, connect the city to all parts of India. Some of the major cities that can be reached through these roadways include Delhi, Shimla, Chandigarh, Dharamshala, Jaipur, Manali, Jammu, and Rishikesh. Some of the prime transport operators that ply their vehicles in and around Ludhiana include PEPSU Road Transport Corporation and Punjab Roadways.
Weather and Best Time to Visit
Ludhiana is a town that witnesses extreme climate throughout the year. The summers tend to be extremely hot, while the winters tend to be extremely cold. With temperatures continually ranging between 10°C and 40°C, let us look at the seasons that affect the tourism prospects of Ludhiana.
Summer (March to May):
Ludhiana's summer seasons experience arid weather, with temperatures fluctuating between 26°C and 40°C regularly. Tourists who visit this town around March or April can be assured that they would be able to indulge in the intimate celebrations of Holi festival. The entire city awakens with a tincture of brotherhood and unity all over its expanse.
Monsoon (June to September):
Monsoon season in Ludhiana tends to witness a humid atmosphere with the rainfall precipitation being a constant throughout the length of the season. The temperatures all around the town remain pleasant, fluctuating 25°C and 35°C. Tourists who decide to visit Ludhiana during the monsoon season can witness the exquisite celebrations of the festival fo Teej by the local communities.
Winter (October to February):
Winter season on Ludhiana experiences a considerable drop in temperatures, with the climate continually alternating between 6°C and 20°C. The weather turns pleasant and comfortable during the day, making winter the best time of the year to visit the beautiful city of Ludhiana. Some of the radiant festivals that visitors can enjoy in the meantime are Sankranti, Rural Olympics, and Lohri.
Things to Do
Majestic Forts of Yore:
Ludhiana is blessed with a few grandeur fortresses that have managed to stand the test of time and erosion while maintaining their ancient structural beauty. Some of these imperial forts include Payal Fort, Phillaur Fort, and Lodhi Fort. These monuments boast of an impressive architectural structure thanks to the brilliance of their Mughal rulers such as Sikander Lodhi and Shah Jahan, as well as rulers such as Maharaja Amar Singh of Patiala.
Owing to its status as the manufacturing and industrial hub of Northern India, Ludhiana boasts of some of the most remarkably well-built structures in the whole of India. Some of these magnificent monuments include the Guru Nanak Stadium, Guru Nanak Bhawan, Nirmal Palace Theatre, and Pavillion Mall. Tourists can choose whether they want to relive the traditional style of cinemas at Nirmal Palace Theatre or catch a glimpse of the state-of-the-art construction at Guru Nanak Stadium.
One of a Kind Rural Olympics:
Ludhiana lures in proficient athletes from different parts of India during the annual edition of its popular Rural Olympics. Hosted at the Qila Raipur village, this annual celebration has been a constant in the small town ever since its inception in 1933. Tourists who manage to be a part of the Rural Olympics are treated to some exciting song and dance performances by local professionals to some upbeat folk music.
What to Eat
Forming a part of the state of Punjab, it is inevitable that Punjabi food items such as Paneer and Chicken are a mainstay in the Ludhiana diet. Tourists should, however, make sure to get their hands on some delicious fish, chicken, or paneer that is made ready for consumption in "Tandoors." Some of the favored dishes that find their way onto any menu card of Ludhiana are Rajama Chawal, Dal Makhani, Sarson ka Saag, Makai ki Roti, Kadhi Chawal, and Chole Bhature. Post the main course, make sure to gulp down some Patiala Lassi, which is usually filled with saffron, almonds, and fresh malai. For the tourists who prefer to exercise their taste buds based on non-vegetarian food, a special "Murg Makhani" would be an ideal dish to feast upon.
Ludhiana is blessed with many shopping hubs across its expanse. Some of these delightful shopping centers include The Pavillion Mall, Akal Market, Westend Mall, and Dal Bazar. Places such as Pavillion Mall make shopping fun when they add in an entertainment quotient to their shopping heists. Highlights of the mall include a wax museum, fun and games zone, and a kids' recreational hub. Tourists who prefer to add a traditional touch to their shopping endeavors can make it to the traditional markets of Kalyan Nagar, Atal Market, Bajwa Nagar, and Dal Bazar. Shoppers can be sure to pick up some authentic woolen wear and hosiery apparel prepared in the "Phulkari" style. Apart from these items, tourists can gift themselves one of the intricately designed handicrafts, or the females could buy themselves exquisitely carved out ornaments to take back home.