Ludhiana is the largest city in the Indian state of Punjab. While it is not the prominent North India tourist place, but still its has some landmarks & attractions. The state of Punjab is bordered by the Indian States like Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, and Rajasthan which makes it near to top tourist spots. So, when you are in Ludhiana you can explore top tourist places within a single day after exploring the city itself. I have divided this post into two parts. The first part consists of places to visit in Ludhiana and the second part consists of places to visit near Ludhiana. So if you are in Ludhiana for a week and you have already explored the city, then you can devote your days to explore other locations. One location each day.
Places to visit in Ludhiana
Here is the list of places to visit in Ludhiana. While there are not many landmarks & attractions over here, but you may consider visiting these below mentioned places to make your stay in Ludhiana a memorable one.
Lodhi fort is one of the important landmark in Ludhiana, which was built 500 years ago by Sikander Lodhi, the Muslim monarch. Lodhi fort is located at the bank of river Sutlej and over years it has been damaged due to negligence. The ruin of Lodhi fort is a must visit landmark, when you are in Ludhiana.
Punjab agricultural University Museum
If you are interested in learning about life of people in Ludhiana, then consider visiting Punjab agricultural University Museum, which is locally known as Ajaib Ghar. The museum houses some interesting farming tools and rural equipment from 18th and 19th century.
Gurudwara Charan Kamal
Gurudwara Charan Kamal is one of the many example of Sikh architecture. It is believed to be the place where Guru Govind Singh took a sip of water and fell unconscious, he was joined by disciples when he woke up.
Places to visit near Ludhiana
Below are the top places to visit near Ludhiana. The list is given in the order of proximity from Ludhiana. The nearest one is the beginning and the distant one in the last.
Chandigarh is the first planned city in the Indian state of Punjab and has some renowned gardens of tourists interest. Check my post on gardens in Chandigarh in see the spots you should visit in Chandigarh. The distance of Chandigarh from Ludhiana is about 100 km and it will take around 1.5 hrs to reach there by private cab. You may do shopping, visit tourist attractions like Rock garden, Cactus garden etc, taste delicious meal over here.
Amritsar is a popular north Indian tourist place. It is the abode of famous Sri Harmandir Sahib Gurudwara (Golden temple). Golden temple is a world famous monument and sometimes it supersede the popularity of Taj Mahal in Agra. The other tourist attractions in Amritsar are Jallianwala Bagh, Durgiana temple, Bibeksar Sahib etc. You may check my post on places to visit in Amritsar, to get the complete reference of places with tourist’s interest in Amritsar. Amritsar is about 140 km from Ludhiana and takes about 2 hours to reach there by private cab.
Kasauli is a small and mesmerizing hill station in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. It is perfect day break for people looking for peace and wanting rest in the lap of nature. Some of the popular tourist points in Kasauli are Manki point, Gilbert trail, Sunset point, Mall road, Christ church etc. You may check my post on places to visit in Kasauli for comprehensive details on Kasauli. It is about 166 kilometers from Ludhiana and takes around 3 hours to reach there.
Shimla is among the top hill stations in India. There are many places of tourist’s interest over here like Mall road, Green Valley, Church, Kufri etc. I have visited there once, you may check out my post on a single day visit to Shimla and see the places I explored there. Shimla is about 190 kilometers from Ludhiana and takes around 3.5 hours to reach there by private cab.
Dharamshala is a beautiful hill station in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, the place is popular not only because of its mesmerizing hills & valleys but also because it is the abode of Dalai Lama. It is one of the many divine destinations in India and there are several attractions like Masrur rock cut temple, Dalai Lama temple, Dal lake etc. You may check my post on places to visit in Dharamshala to get a comprehensive view of this place. Dharamshala is about 190 km from Ludhiana and takes 3.5 hrs to reach there by private cab.
Dalhousie is one of the most popular Honeymoon destination in North India. There are several places of tourist’s interest like Khajjiar, Kalatop wildlife reserve, Dainkund peak etc in Dalhousie. To check all the important places in Dalhousie, you may see my post on Dalhousie tourism. It is about 260 kilometers from Ludhiana and takes around 5 hrs to reach there by private cab.
Haridwar / Rishikesh
Haridwar and Rishikesh are the major divine destinations in India. Many temples, Holy river Ganges, Spiritual centers are found here. You may check my post on places to visit in Haridwar to check the details of tourist attractions found in Haridwar. You may also check my post on things to do in Rishikesh in order to see the activities you can indulge in Rishikesh. Haridwar and Rishikesh are about 275 km and 300 km from Ludhiana and it will take you 6-7 hours to reach there by private cab.
Mussoorie is also known as “Queen of Hill stations” and is located in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. The place is blessed with the mesmerizing beauty of Doon valley. There are several attractions in Mussoorie like Kempty falls, Camel’s back road, Gun hill, company garden etc. You may check my post on places to visit in Mussoorie, to get details on tourist’s attractions over here. It is about 280 kilometers from Ludhiana and takes around 7 hours to reach there by private cab.
So next time you visit Ludhiana in Punjab, you have these top places to visit near Ludhiana, as the option to spend your time. You can visit one location each day if you are staying in Ludhiana for a longer period of time. Share your experiences in comments if you have visited Ludhiana or any tourist places in the list of places to visit near Ludhiana.