Ludhiana is namely the Lodhi Dynasty,Ludhiana is a city and a municipal corporation in Ludhiana district in the Indian state of Punjab, and is the largest city north of Delhi. It is situated on the banks of the Sutlej River.
Ludhiana city is a well known Industrial hub in Northern India, especially for manufacturing bicyles, cycle parts, sewing machine, hosiery, etc. The city is well connected by direct rail service with all parts of India.
Ludhiana city is believed to be founded way back in the year 1480 by the Lodhi dynasty. Two of Lodhi Chiefs Nihang Khan and Yusuf Khan, had come to the region on the orders of Sikandar Lodhi with a purpose to reinstate order in the area. They stayed in a village called Mir Hota which was situated at the present site of Ludhiana. While Yusuf Khan had gone across Sutlej River, Nihang Khan stayed back and founded the city at the spot of the village. The new town, thus, came to be known as ‘Lodhiana’, meaning ‘the town of Lodhis’. Subsequently, the name was amended to Ludhiana.
During the reign of Sher Shah Suri, a Sarai (inn) was constructed at Phillaur near Ludhiana. During the reign of Shah Jahan the inn was converted to a military fort and a post office. The fort was later used by the British as a part of the military cantonment. The fort now houses a police training academy and a finger print bureau.
Lodhi Fort was built by the Muslim monarch Sikandar Lodhi around 500 years ago. The fort is located at the banks of the Sutlej River and also came under the British in 1809. The fort was once a majestic residence of the great Muslim king and displayed his military power. However, in the wake of neglect the fort stands in ruins and has badly suffered by nature’s elements.
Also known as Ajaib Ghar, Punjab Agricultural University Museum is a definitive visit if you like to learn about the people’s life in Ludhiana in the 18th and the 19th centuries. The museum becomes a stage to the colorful festival of the Kisan Mela held annually. The museum houses various rural and farming tools and objects and several other artifacts from the 18th and 19th century.
Located at the GT road, the Tiger Zoo is spread across a massive 25 acres of land. The zoo was established in 1993 and has been a favorite tourist spot in Ludhiana ever since. The safaris are conducted inside safety vans and one can watch the tigers in the open from inside the vans.
The Museum is located at GT road and is named after Maharaja Ranjit Singh whose statue depicting him sitting on a throne is located at the entrance. The museum has 12 galleries in total with sections like ancient history and post independence.
This beautiful rose garden was established in 1967, over an area of 30 acres with more than 17,000 plants and 1,600 varieties of roses. It is one of the largest rose gardens in Asia, which serves open for the visitors from morning till evening. The blooming surroundings of this park are worth viewing, especially for people who love roses and really like to check its varieties that are spread here across a vast expanse of land. The garden organizes a Rose festival every year to offer a priceless display of flowers to the flower lovers all across the city.
This magnificent temple is believed to be around 400 years old and is located in the Old Ludhiana, attracting tourists from all over the world. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva and every year during Shivratri, pilgrims from distant areas visit this temple to offer holy water of River Ganges to the idol of Lord Shiva. During Shivratri, the temple witnesses long queues, waiting to catch a glimpse of Lord Shiva. A lot of people take a difficult journey of Kanwar from Haridwar to Ludhiana to offer holy water of River Ganges to Shivalingams.