Ambala is a small city and a municipal corporation located in the Ambala District of Haryana. The city can be further divided politically and geographically as Ambala City and Ambala Cantonment which are just 3km apart.
The city of Ambala separates two river networks – the Ganges and the Indus. To the north, it is surrounded by the river Ghaggar and is covered by river Tangri to the south.
Tourist places in and around Ambala
Though Ambala is a small city, it has a handful of places which are worth a visit. Since it falls on the border of Haryana and Punjab, it plays a key role in local tourism. One of the popular attractions of the place is Bhawani Amba Temple from which the city gets its name.
A few other attractions in the city are Badshah Bagh Gurudwara, Sis Ganj Gurdwara, Lakhi Shah & Taqwal Shah, St. Paul's Church and Kali Mata Mandir.
Markets in Ambala
Another area worth exploring in Ambala is the Cloth Market. This is a street where all kinds of cloth are sold at wholesale rates. There are around 1000 wholesale shops in the market that sells cloth from handlooms and silks to suits and other dress material.
Ambala also has a Science Market where all kinds of scientific and surgical instruments are available. The city is also known as the 'City of Scientific Instruments'.
Ambala city is also popular for its linen and gold jewellers.
Something more about the City
Ambala is also the divisional headquarters of the Northern Railway Zone and is thus a major junction in the state. The Ambala Cantt Railway head is one of the oldest cantonments of India. Due to its geographical location, it is easily accessible from the states of Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir and from the Union Territory of Chandigarh.
Best time to visit Ambala
The city of Ambala can be visited during the months of October and November after the monsoon gets over.
How to reach Ambala
Ambala is well connected to all the major cities in India. The nearest airport to the city is in Chandigarh. Ambala Cantt serves as a major connecting point for those who travel by rail and road.