Ludhiana, Punjab: Ludhiana is the most popular and rapidly growing metropolitan cities of Punjab. Ludhiana is a popular city of Punjab and is a hub of the religious shrines, monuments and Tourists attractions. Many historical Gurudwaras, related with the life of Sikh Gurus are located in Ludhiana. Punjabi and Hindi are the local languages of Ludhiana. Ludhiana is popular for for the best and typical Punjabi cuisine - Tandoori recipes, Makkai Di Roti with Sarson da Saag, and Lassie's
Ludhiana got the status of Industrial hub of Punjab. Ludhiana is also popularly known as the 'Manchester of India' for its hosiery production. The hosiery goods manufactured at Ludhiana are exported to countries like America, Russia etc. India's famous cycle manufacturer - Hero cycles, have their manufacturing unit in Ludhiana. Ludhiana also boasts of one of the largest production units of accessories and spare parts for two-wheelers, autos and tractors. Accessories which are used in German cars like Mercedes and BMW are solely manufactured in Ludhiana.
Ludhiana is also famous for the production of sewing machines and is one of the largest producers of sewing machines in Punjab and North India. It is one of the leading manufacturers of woolen clothes and knitwear. The most popular woolen brands like Monte Carlo are manufactured in Ludhiana.
The first school of medicine in Asia - 'Christian Medical College/Hospital', instituted in 1895, is also located in Ludhiana. 'Punjab Agricultural University' the largest agricultural university of Asia - which was established in the year 1962, is situated in the city of Ludhiana.
Fairs, Festivals and Mela’s of Ludhiana
Baisakhi and Holi are the most popular fairs and festivals celebrated in Ludhiana, Punjab. Some of the other fairs of this region are:
Kisan Mela: Annually, a Kisan mela is organized in Ludhiana by ‘Punjab Agricultural University’ – where the new farming techniques are demonstrated to the farmers. A number of new varieties of seeds and agro-related goods are exhibited at this mela for sale. Many farmers attend this ‘Kisan Mela’ to obtain new technologies of farming .This mela is held for 2 days at Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) and is visited by thousands of farmers of Punjab and other states of North India.
Chhapar Mela: Every year, in the month of September, Chhapar mela is celebrated in Chhapar village at Ludhiana. This mela is held in the honor of ‘Gugga Pir’ (the king of Snakes) on Anand Chaudas, the 14th day of the bright half of Bhadon (the sixth month of the Nanakshahi calendar).
Prof. Mohan Singh Mela: Prof. Mohan Singh mela is a cultural festival of Punjab, celebrated in the honor of Prof. Mohan Singh (Famous Punjabi poet) by the Prof Mohan Singh Memorial Foundation in Ludhiana.
Nearest Big Town to Ludhiana:
The nearest big town to Ludhiana is:
Jalandhar – 62 kms
Chandigarh – 100 kms