The Neighborhood You Can’t Afford To Miss- The Ludhiana City

By Muskaan Nagrath
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“Once in a life blow your mind”….The message that this city sends out whenever you come to Ludhiana….Being born and brought up in Ludhiana is like tasting every bit of worldly affairs here. Enjoy the Dubai like shopping festivals, Hong Kong’s vibrant nightlife, London’s High street fashion and hundreds of delicious options to drool over…. The biggest manufacturer of cycles in Asia, hand tools, Hosiery and owning the world-renowned brand Monte Carlo graciously marked to its name, Ludhiana is your next destination. You want to see a lively city, 

 Jee Aya Nu!

 Let’s roll down as this city will give you chills down your spine. 

Top 14 incredible things to do in Ludhiana:

 1. Inside Story- Maharaja Ranjit Singh War Museum 

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Located on the GT Road in Ludhiana, Maharaja Ranjit Singh War Museum pays homage to the soldiers but also educates the citizens of India about the role of defense. A majestic statue of Maharaja Ranjit Singh sitting proudly on a throne welcomes you as you enter the museum. It has 12 galleries with exhibits of different divisions like the Ancient History Gallery, Post Independence History Gallery, War Hero’s Gallery, Air Force and Navy Gallery etc. The main hall displays pictures of the various Chakra winners, Chief Marshals, Generals and Admirals of Punjab. Two glorious lawns exhibit trophies of the Navy, Army and Air Force. A major attraction of this museum is the light and sound show which narrates the story of the war of independence and the role of the gallant soldiers of Punjab in it. 

 Timings: 9.30 am to 5 pm (Closed on Mondays) 

Entry fee: Rs. 40 (adults), Rs.20 (children) Free for children under the age of 5 years 

2. Leisure Stroll in the Parks 

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Unwind yourself in cool areas away from the city’s pollution and heat since Ludhiana is an industrialized area. Watching the sun rise or sun set, choose your time and head to stroll in these parks and witness the recreational activities that these have to offer. Enjoy the joy ride (Mini Train) at the Rakh Bagh, visit the joggers paradise The Leisure Valley and enjoy a picnic at the Nehru Rose Garden along with landscaped lawns, walkways, musical fountains, and a mini zoo in the garden. 

 3. Food Tour 

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“Hey! There’s a new restaurant/ café around the corner”, the favorite statement of Ludhianvis since every other day a new restaurant/café with its leading edge would awe-struck you. From street foods to fine diners, from Golgappas to Lasagna, from dosa to Rogan josh dwell into the memory lane of Indian delicacies served in my town. Ludhiana offers a plethora of restaurants and cafes that you might run short of time and appetite. I’m sure once you enjoy the food here you’ll definitely say “Paet bhar gaya but niyat nai…” at least I’m running short of words since...Phew !!! There are millions of breakfast nook, lunchrooms, and dinettes ready to serve you. 

Street Food- Chowpati, Shankar Churmur, Natural 2 

Famous Breakfast Nook- Pandit ji de Paranthe, Sagar Ratna, Gopal’s 

Famous Lunch rooms and dinettes - Barbeque nation, Spice Cube, Bistro226, Colonel’s Cabin, One Indian Summer

Café’s - Nik Bakers, Kaffenation, Belfrance Bakers & Chocolatiers 

 4. Electrifying Night Life - Eat, Drink and Be Merry

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Ludhiana houses one of the richest and wealthiest people and so the wealth as well. And the best you can do with the money is to splash out and collect your moments. Way-tttt!!!!! If you miss out the night life of Chandigarh due to its recent liquor ban,(the trend says it all since all LDH guys and gals used to enjoy in CHD), Then LDH is definitely your place to splurge and go tipsy-turvy. After a weeklong hectic schedule at the factories, workplaces, you can set your eyes to these quirky yet classic night places to soothe and relax the party animal in you. 

 To name a few there are- Peddlers, Underdogs, R2P, Ghanta Ghar and so on... 

 5. Whoa!!! It's Shopping Time

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Like there's no shortage of places to eat and drink including coffee shops, restaurants, and fast food, you will never be disappointed by the array of shopping options here too. From High-end malls to cheap street markets, Ludhiana shopping can present an expensive gala shopping spree to a budgeted shopping experience. The shopping scenery changes, offering a distinctive mix of cool boutiques, independent brands, and hip cafes. 

 Best Advice -Get yourself prepared before planning to shop coz ul get spoilt by the options in front of you. 

 High-End Malls – MBD Neopolis, Silver Arc 

Cheap Streets- Ghumar Mandi, Model Town Main Market 

Bridal Wear- Luxury boutiques Like Sonu Gandhi, Harpreet Narula etc. 

 6. Hawai Adda- Plane on the Plain

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Patrons, get served at this top-themed eatery in the town. Hawai Adda is basically a transformation of a scrap Airbus A320, which earlier used to fly for Air India. Originally, an A320 is a 180-seater airplane. However, in order to utilize the space of entire premises, the seating capacity of Hawai Adda was reduced to 65.The majestic aircraft restaurant boasts a blend of a cafe, bakery and a small banquet hall for visitors. 

Cuisines- North Indian, Continental 

Price- Ranges between INR 400 to INR 1000. 

 7. Wedding on the Cards 

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Well when it comes to wedding and splurging, Ludhianvis are the best to smash out any type of money to make the celebration mark on anybody’s mind. Ludhiana has emerged to be the top notch destination when it comes to Big Fat Indian Weddings.The enchanting chandeliers, daflis decor, floral entrances, mogra themed tunnels etc..etc.. is all you will find in these weddings. From vintage to Bollywood to Moroccan themed weddings Ludhiana instills dreamy weddings. 

 8. Heart and Soul of the City- The Kipps Market 

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The oldest market which evolved as the most hyped markets in the city. Locals and tourists flock to the market daily, and it will likely be packed with crowds while you visit. Stop by during breakfast for fresh fruit juice or head over for lunchtime or dinner for something a little more substantial. The market houses a few different cafes and bars so you can still enjoy the scene of the most happening place. Else stroll like there’s nothing else to do in life. Wink! 

 Charm of the market- Feeling drenched out, bored, low… grab your car, put on your trendy clothes and swing around the market. 

 9. Chic Fashionable Sensibilities 

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Apart from food, landmarks, the city doesn’t lag behind in its fashion sense. Fashion is something which distinguishes from state to state, country to country and most importantly from people to people. And as I said earlier, you get to taste all worldly affairs and yes fashion of course. Flat shoes to black and white stripes, talk about any trend and be a spectator to all the fashionistas (men and woman ).People are aware of what suits them keeping in mind the trends as well.

A new city on the fashion block! 

10. Personalized and Handmade Gifts

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When it comes to gifting to special near and dear ones, you cannot deny the essence and warmth of a handmade and customized gift. You can find some amazingly creative females in Ludhiana offering you such services/gifts. Their passion towards art and craft transformed these young ladies into aspiring entrepreneurs. They can literally pull out your love and turn it into reality leaving your special ones awestruck on the special occasions. 

 To name a few

* Craftistry by Sakshi 

Memory Box By Shruti Bamby 

* Craftiness by Tanvi Goyal 

 11. The Seat to Green Revolution- Punjab Agriculture University 

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PAU- A State Agricultural University was established in 1962 and is the nation’s third-oldest agricultural university. It has an international reputation for excellence in agriculture. PAU pioneered the Green Revolution in India in the 1960s and is considered as one of the best agricultural universities in India. The university covers an area of 1,510 acres on its main campus and has Library, Govt. Hospital and banking+ATM (BoB, SBI) facility, Museums (Rural History of Punjab, Soil Museum, Dr. Uppal Northern India water resource museum), Nescafe (rooh vasdi de khuraak cardmom tea), Canteens, Farm view café, Amaltas, Awesome place for photography, Sports ground, Cycling Track,Athletic track, gym, swimming pool, Auditoriums (Pal, Jacob, Borlaugh etc), Student's Home and last but not the least Wifi. 

 Attractions- Largest Kisan mela and the Fests that will give an adrenaline rush to you Being Punjabi. 
12. For Peace and Serenity- Gurdwara Dukh Nivaran Sahib

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Gurdwara Dukh Niwaran Sahib is located in heart of the city in famous Field Ganj area of Ludhiana city opposite to Jagraon Bridge. According to a news report, daily an average 50,000 devotees visit the Gurdwara and paying homage to the respected Sri Guru Granth Sahib. It has adopted modern methods to reach out to believers. This is the first Gurdwara in India to adopt Hi-tech projection which puts Gurbani on wide screens so devotees can better understand the hymns of the scripture as the priests sing. "Such screens are common in Gurdwaras abroad, but this is a first in India here at Gurudwara Dukh Niwaran, in Ludhiana. Not only children but even the young and the old, derive enormous benefit from this screen," said Pritpal Singh, the President of the Gurudwara management. 

13. Hit the Road - The Grand Trunk Road (G.T. Road)

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The Grand Trunk Road is one of Asia's oldest and longest major roads.For more than two millennia, it has linked South Asia with Central Asia. It runs from Chittagong, Bangladesh West to Howrah, West Bengal in India, then across Northern India through Delhi, passing from Amritsar. From there, the road continues towards Lahore and Peshawar in Pakistan, finally terminating in Kabul, Afghanistan. Get the royal feel of this road by driving your wheels on it. And while you cruise along this buttery Trunk road, get ready to enjoy the show displayed effortlessly by the brimming street lights, Grand walk’s screen, beautifully built malls and never the less the trail of cars enjoying the streaming stars and moonlight.

Best Timings - To enjoy the beauty of this road, spin your cars (of course safety first) afterglow.

 14. Savour the Spirit of Jollification 

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Is fun, fun and more fun your idea of a perfect day out? A crazy schedule during the week keeps you away from bonding with your little ones at home? We have got a place for you as well which ensures that you and your family have nothing less than a fantastic experience. Shed years off your heart by playing games that give you an adrenalin rush like those good old years. Set in a colorful and vibrant ambience, with fun offerings that engage all age groups leaving you and your family with fond memories of the time spent together. 

 Amusement parks- F2 Raceway-Go kart, Paint Ball, Flying Dragon, Break Dance, Disco Coaster, Zip Line, Mechanical Bull, Jeep, Cater Pillar, Sun & Moon, Carnival Games, Water Park 

Mystery rooms- The Hurt Locker - A Bomb Defuse Challenge, Lockout 

Fun City- Stimulating Games, Bumper Cars, Video Games, Crazy rides, Indoor playground 

 Ludhiana fills you with so much of a TO-DO-LIST that you will ask for more hours from heaven!  
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