You can get there by train or by road. It is 320 km from Delhi and takes 5 hours by road. There are heaps of trains connecting from all parts of country to Ludhiana through Delhi. The fares are very reasonable starting from Rs.100 to go upto Rs.1150 per person. Best option is to take the superfast Shatabdhi express leaving Delhi in the morning and evening. Takes about 4 hours and one meal and tea is served on the way. Else take the night Deluxe buses from ISBT in Delhi.
Getting around could be quite a task in Ludhiana because of excessive traffic in Chaura bazaar and the recent construction of the NH-1 bypass ramp. But a lot Auto-rickshaws are constantly taking people from Point A to Point B and vice-versa. A lot of bus transportation has developed which has routes between the under-construction Ludhiana Bus Depot, old courts, Different Bye passes around the city and the Chaura Bazaar.
Ludhiana is not much of a tourist spot but is more an upcoming cosmopolitan city of india. With numerous malls and multiplexes under construction, these modern state-of-the art bulidings are what tourists from nearby places come here to see and check out. The main malls of the city are Westend, Flamez and Ansal Plaza. But if you want to see Ludhiana heritage, then the Punjabi Heritage Museum in Punjab Agriculture University Campus is a not to be missed tourist spot. Other places of Tourist interest around Ludhiana are the Tiger Safari on GT road, Hardy's world near Phillaur and The rose Garden and The Rakh Bagh.
The sprawling Punjab Agriculture University Campus is one of the best and well maintained educational campus in india.
There are very beautiful gurudwara like Alamgeer sahib, Rara sahib, Fly sahib, Dukh niwaran sahib, Manji sahib in the vicinity of Ludhiana. Mata Mandir near Jagraon Bridge, Krishna Mandir in Model Town, Dandi Swami Mandir, Ved Mandir near Daresi Ground and Sheetala mandir near Municipal Corporation Office are worth seeing.
Ludhiana is also known for its newly-constructed shopping malls . The Mall road has various malls such as the elite arcade, kunal tower, etc. Its being undertaken to build "Casio Mall", which will have all the biggest, most expensive and foreign stores, first of their kinds in India. One can go and do shopping at international stores in the westend mall, ansal plaza and flamez or watch the latest movies PVR cinemas in Flamez or Waves at the westend. There are many other beautiful places like Rose Garden, DreamLand, Rakh Baug.
Ludhiana is famous for serving the country by providing best Engineers . Guru Nanak Dev Engg. College a 50 year old institute is one of the best Technical institution in the world
The Guru Nanak Sports stadium is also famous for its good infrastruture for sports activities. many national level tournaments are being held here for both indoor and outdoor sports,it is the finest city and modern city in the state
Ludhiana is the hub for hosiery goods in India. It makes wollens for the entire country which are also exported to America, Australia, UK, France, Canada, Singapore and many other European countries.Whole sale and countrywide famous hosiery markets are Kalyan Nagar,Bajwa Nagar, Ghara Bhan,Dal Bazaar,Akaal Market and AC Market .K.P.Aggarwal trading company`s Ashish,Kaaxo and Garner is very famous for all women cardigans,T-shirts and bawa suits at reasonable prices.
One of the best and oldest eatery is "Khushi Ram & Sons", which is the most popular in the entire state. It has opened a new branch on the NH-95 which attracts many food lovers. The Sarabha Nagar market is one of the most popular hangout places with many eating joints such as the noodle bar, yo china, hot breads, Dominos, Cuckoo's Nest and many other famous food chains. Cuckoo's Nest serves really delicious authentic Italian, Lebanese and Indian food with a great ambience. The market also has cafes such as Barista where you can sit, relax and have coffee. Many other cafes such as Cafe Coffee Day, Costa Coffee are also around nearby. Bakes and beans is one of the most popular eatery joints. You can find Famous food chains like Mc Donalds, KFC and Pizza Hut in the malls or around. Ludhiana is famous for its chicken:-all possible tastes and varieties. Chawla's cream Chicken (Various locations), Babas chaiken are only a few. Friends and Shekhupuria's Dhabaa are famous for its parathas, Dal and Shahi Paneer. Just walk along the road opposite the railway station. Fountain chowk is another open place to enjoy all sorts of spicey eateries from Stuffed naans, Cholley Bhuture, Chaat, Tikki etc. While in Ludhiana don't forget to try Basant's Kulfi and ice cream and Punnu Pakoras on Gill Road and if anyone want to eat even at 2AM then go to pandit paranthe wala near chaura bazaar.
Lassi is the most authentic punjabi drink which can be sweet or salted. Roadside Alcohol Shops are located all over the city and most of them have A/c drinking halls called Ahatas alongside where you can get basic snacks. Some are attached to dhabas like pradhanz dhaba near aarti cinema.
Many hotels ranging from low budget to high budget can be found near railway station.
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There are a lot of choices to get out of Ludhiana. You can take trains heading to Delhi or Amritsar and continue on an international journey (if any) through the International Airports. Or you can also take taxis or buses available by State Transport and go by road. Overnight deluxe Air conditioned buses also operate to Delhi and Jaipur.
There are currently no civilian airports in or near Ludhiana except the nearest, Amritsar's Raja Sansi Airport. There's one non-functional airport at Sahnewal, about 10 km away which is under renovation and an international airport is being planned at that place, which will be operational hopefully by 2010. Flights are also available to Delhi, Mumbai and Jammu from Chandigarh airport about 95 km away.