Ambala Travel Guide
Places to visit
Places of interest
There are many shrines in and around Ambala City, Geeta Nagri, Swami GeetaNand Ji Maharaj (Veer ji ki Kuttia (HUT)), Kaali Maata Mandir, popularly known as "kaali baadi "at Labbu wala talab on ghel road, Shiv Mandir near old civil hospital, including Bhawani Amba Temple (named after the goddess) and Jainism temple 110 years old located in middle of old ambala city. Ambala sweet market formerly known as Halwai Bazar is also very famous.It has individual lane for all dishes(Parantha gali, gol gappa gali,kulche wale)
Ambala is home to many Gurdwaras (Sikh temples), some of which have historical importance. The Badshahi Bag Gurudwara, Sis Ganj Gurudwara, Manji Sahib Gurudwara, Labhuwala Talaah, Sat Sangat Sahib Gurdwara, Panjokra Sahib Gurudwara in Panjokhra village (7 km. far from ambala city) are the historical gurudwaras here. In Ambala Cantt, one can visit Patel Park, in Army area.
These are associated with Guru Gobind Singh, Guru Tegh Bahadur and Guru Hargobind respectively. Ichha Poorak Dham इच्छा पूरक धाम is a Gurudwara dedicated to Shaheed Baba Deep Singh Ji is situated at village Devinagar, 2 kilometers away from Ambala City.
There are also the popular Muslim shrines of Lakhi Shah and Taqwal Shah, Saint Paul's Church and a British, Christian cemetery.
* Chandigarh is a 45 km (30 minutes drive) from Ambala.
* Kalka is situated on the national highway (number 22) Ambala-Shimla.
* Panchkula is a newly built city on the Ambala-Kalka national highway and Ambala-Kalka railway line near Chandigarh.
* Pinjore comes under the Panchkula district and is known for its exquisite gardens.
* Kurukshetra (the battle of Mahabharata was fought here) is also just 45 minutes drive from Ambala Cantt.
Ambala is also known as Sikh jatt place & in the villages they have taste of Punjab virsa as well as Haryana's culture
* Karnal is situated on the national highway (NH-1) which is 80KM from Ambala.
Get There and Around
get there and around
The district is very strategically located and serves as a gateway to Haryana for States of Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, J&K, and U.T. Chandigarh. 5 National Highways (NH 1, 22, 65, 72 and 73) pass through Ambala. NH1 (Delhi-Amritsar-Attari/ Pakistan Border) is the most important highway to Delhi for the areas north of Haryana. NH22 starts from Ambala and links NH1 to Shimla and beyond right up to China border at Shipkila. NH65 also starts at Ambala and links NH1 to Hissar and onwards to Jodhpur & Pali in Rajasthan.
Ambala Cantt Railway Station
Ambala is a divisional headquarters of the Northern Railway Zone and is an important railway junction. The Ambala Cantonment railway station was founded on the junction of the Delhi-Kalka and Ludhiana-Saharanpur lines. The historic Delhi-Ambala-Kalka railway line dates back to 1889 while the Ludhiana-Saharanpur line was built in 1870. Situated 200 km north of Delhi, this town is extremely well connected by the rail and road network. Ambala is a major railway junction.It has 12 railway platforms and a daily passage of about 250 trains.It also best rest stay for north India's tourist. G.T. Road (NH-1, National Highway 1) passes through Ambala Cantt and Ambala City.
Ambala does not have a civilian airport, though it has one of the oldest airbases in world it is the land of jaguar squadron. The nearest civil airport is at Chandgarh which is around 40 kms away ambala chandigarh expressway, which is well connected by air to delhi, mumbai, goa, jammu, srinagar and shimla etc.
In Ambala local transport depends upon in which part of city you are. At all the major road , local buses both government and private are playing. parallel to that auto rickshaws are also playing . apart from that you can take cycle rickshaw for short distances
Ambala is a city and a municipal council in Ambala district in the state of Haryana, India. The city is located on the border of the states of Haryana and Punjab in India. Politically; Ambala has two sub-areas: Ambala Cantt (cantonment) and Ambala City, a approximately 6-7 kilometers apart from each other. It has a large Indian Army and Indian Air Force presence within the confines of its cantonment area. Due to its geographical location, the Ambala district plays an important role in local tourism. Tourists to Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Chandigarh and Jammu & Kashmir have to cross through Ambala whether by road or rail
As per ancient Indian history, Aryan people had resided at Ambala at some point in time. There was a very popular place called Sarudhna near Ambala, which was the Aryan country's capital at that time. Ambala was given the status of a district in the year 1847.
The Ambala Cantonment was established in the year 1843 after the British abandoned its cantonment at Karnal, following the malaria epidemic of 1841-42. The cantonment houses the ‘2 Corps’ one of the three Strike Corps of the Indian Army and is of immense strategic importance.
Ambala was constituted as a district in the year 1847, and was formed by merging the jagir estates of hitherto independent chieftains whose territories had lapsed or had been confiscated by the British Indian Government. In its 160 years of existence as a district, Ambala has witnessed many changes in its boundaries. In its heyday the district boundaries extended across tehsils of Ambala, Naraingarh, Jagadhri, Pipli, Kharar, Mohali, Ropar and Nalagarh. Kalka-cum-Kurari State, Pinjore, Manimajra, Kasauli & Sanawar were also merged into the district at different points of time.
Ambala Air Force Base is one of the oldest and largest airbases that were inherited from the British by the IAF. It was from this airbase that Spitfires and Harvards flown by Instructors of the Advanced Flying Training School took part in the 1947-48 Kashmir Operations. Subsequently, Ambala was the front line airfield for many years. It was home to various aircraft that were inducted into the Indian Air Force. Vampires, Ouragans, Hunters, etc. all flew from this base. The airbase was briefly attacked in 1965 by Pakistan Air Force's B-57 bombers. Today, the Airbase houses the ‘7 Wing’ with squadrons of Jaguars and MiG-21 Bisons. Ambala airfield has a war memorial called 'Frozen Tear' dedicated to all aircrew who lost their lives in times of war and peace flying missions from the airfield.