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Ludhiana Travel

Ludhiana in Punjab, is Textile centre of India. It is a very rapidly growing town on the south bank of the Sutlej river. The rich agricultural area around it supports a large grain market. Hero Bicycles, the world's largest manufacturer of bicycles is based here. Christian Medical College Hospital, established in 1895, was the first school of medicine in Asia. The world famous Punjab Agricultural University is on the edge of the town. It has an excellent museum. Ludhiana accounts for 90% of the country's woolen hosiery industry.There are many long distance direct train connections, linking Ludhiana to major centres in India. Daily bus service connect Ludhiana with Delhi and other towns in Punjab and neighbouring states.

Ludhiana city was founded in the time of Lodhi dynasty which ruled in Delhi from 1451-1526 A.D. The legend goes that two Lodhi Chief Yusaf Khan and Nihand Khan were deputed by Sikandar Lodhi (1489-1517 A.D.) to restore order in this region. They camped at the site of present city of Ludhiana which was then a village called Mir Hota. Yusaf Khan went across the river Sutlej in Jalandhar Doab to check Khokhars who were plundering the Doab and made a settlement at Sultanpur while Nihand Khan stayed back and founded the present city at the site of village Mir Hota. The new town was originally known as Lodhi-ana, which means the town of Lodi's. The name later changed to the present name Ludhiana.


Hindu festivals and celebrations such as Dasara and Diwali are as enthusiastically observed as are the birth and death anniversaries of the gurus and saints. To sikh community the festival of Baisakhi, celebrated in month of April, is of special significance because on this day in 1689 Guru Govind Singh organised the Sikhs into khalsa or `pure one'. In the countryside farmers start harvesting with great jubilation. The bhangra dance is common sight in the villages. Punjabi is the main language, while Hindi and English are also commonly used.

The Fort:

Fort in the north-west includes the shrine of Pir-i-Dastgir, also known as Abdul Kadir Galani. There is an annual pilgrimage of Muslims and Hindus to the Muslim Saint's tomb. There are other tombs belonging to members of Shah Shuja's family.

Punjab Amritsar Anandpur Sahib Jalandhar Kapurthala Ludhiana
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