The city of Ludhiana with the population of more than 45 Lacs, is the District Headquarters of Ludhiana. The city stands on the Grand Trunk Road from Delhi to Amritsar. Ludhiana is now Punjab's most populated and very rapidly growing metropolitan city. It is on the south bank of the Sutlej river. The city was the sight of a great battle during the first Sikh wars.An important industrial town, Ludhiana in Punjab, is Textile and light engineering centre of India. Woollen garment machine tools, dyes, cycle parts, mopeds, sewing machines and motor parts produced here are exported all over the world. Ludhiana accounts for 90% of the country's woollen hosiery industry.
Ludhiana holds world records in food production. However, Ludhiana's claim to fame is not its commercial enterprises alone. It is an important pilgrimage center as there are many historic Gurdwaras. There are a number of gurudwaras associated with the life and visits of Guru Gobind Singh Ji. Among them the gurudwaras of Charan Kanwal and Manji Sahib are important. Punjab's most populous metropolis, its hosiery goods are in demand in all the markets of the east and the west, which include America and Russia. For its production of hosiery, Ludhiana is also known as the Manchester of India. The worlds largest bicycle manufacturer, Hero Cycles, which produces nearly three million bicycles annually, is based here. The rich agricultural area around it supports a large grain market. 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 organizes the Kisan Mela every Year. It has an excellent museum.
Ludhiana, Punjab's largest city, is one of the biggest commercial hubs in India. Lodi chiefs, Yusaf Khan and Nihang Khan converted the village Mir Hota to Ludhiana. Ludhiana also hosts the famous Rural Olympics at Qila Raipur each year in the month of January-February. Ludhiana is famous for the ancient ruins of the Lodi dynasty, the war museum and its hosiery industries. You can also witness the Rural Olympics if you plan your trip according to the dates of the Games next year.
October-March is the best time because of pleasant weather conditions.
Ludhiana airport is located within the city and has an excellent connectivity to the national capital.
The Ludhiana railway station has an excellent connectivity with all the major cities of India.
There is a grand display of Punjab's traditional handicrafts, like phulkari, jootis, parandis, jewelries, dress materials etc. Also, one can shop for the modern items that are widely available in almost all the shopping centers. Ludhiana has both modern and old markets. This is so because it is among those cities that have grown at a phenomenal pace, in the Post-Partition era. A unique thing about Ludhiana is that you can find a market almost all the products. For example, cycles are read