Maharaja Ranjit Singh War Museum was established in the year 1999 by the Punjab Government as a tribute to gallant soldiers. It is located on GT Road (Ludhiana–Amritsar Highway) and is around 6.7 km away from Ludhiana Railway Station. There is a large statue of Maharaja Ranjit Singh at the entrance of the museum.
On the sides of the statue, visitors can find old weapons along with a massive model of INS Vikrant. Light and sound shows are organised at the museum as well. Visitors can see several portraits of Punjabis who have received prestigious bravery awards like Paramvir Chakra, Mahavir Chakra and Vir Chakra. Uniforms of the Indian defence forces from the British era are also displayed here.
Punjab Agricultural University Museum, spread over an area of 1000 sq ft, showcases the rural lifestyle of Punjab. Visitors get to see various things that the local people in the rural areas used in the earlier days in day to day life like carrying of water in gaggars (bronze pots) that has now been replaced by electric motors and pumps.
Tourists wanting to see the real or rural Punjab must visit this museum. The museum is located behind the College of Home Science and is open on all working days from 9 am to 1 pm and from 2 pm to 5 pm.
Hardy's World is the largest water park in the entire state of Punjab and is situated around 13.1 km from the city on the Ludhiana–Jalandhar highway. Within the premises, there is a shopping complex, party area and food outlets. The water city within the park provides tourists the option to enjoy exciting water rides along with various fun activities, such as ice-skating.
Tourists can relax near the river, enjoy the waves or ride the world's largest uphill water coaster. The most striking part that makes this place popular among kids is its cool, bouncy wave pool. It is an ideal place for a family outing.
Gurudwara Charan Kanwal Sahib Machhiwara is located in the city of Machhiwara, around 39 km from Ludhiana on Charan Kamal Road. It is believed that this Gurudwara houses a park where Guru Gobind Singh Ji had water and a nap. At this place, three of his followers - Dharam Singh, Daga Singh and Manu Singh - joined him.
A fair every year is held during December, the time when the above-mentioned historical moments happened as a commemoration. Another place of worship in the vicinity is known as the Gurudwara Chubara Sahib also known as Gulaba da Chubara where the Guru spent the night in the house of Masand Gulaba.
Gurudwara Manji Sahib, known otherwise as Gurudwara Alamgir Sahib, is situated at a distance of around 29 km to south-east of Ludhiana. Guru Gobind Singh Ji stayed here for some time, after leaving a place called Machiwara.
Guru Ji realised that this place had no water, after which he shot an arrow in the ground, where a spring of water appeared. Later the spring was converted into a tank, which is now referred as Tirsar – the lake of arrow.
It is here that an old lady was cured of her leprosy by taking a dip in the tank as instructed by him. Guru Ji was also presented with a horse to pursue his travel by a devotee. The Shahidi Divas of Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji organised here attracts a lot of visitors from far off places.
Tiger Safari, located on GT Road (Ludhiana-Jalandhar Highway), is 6 km away from the main city and is spread over 25 acres of land. Visitors can see tigers, black bucks, rabbits, sambars and peacocks at this place.
Instead of looking at tigers caged in a zoo, it’s quite an experience to see them roaming in a free environment. The Wild Life Department of the city has delegated the responsibility of conducting the visit to the safari to a private firm.
The Safari is open on all days except Mondays, when it is closed for maintenance. Travellers can combine seeing the Tiger Safari, Hardy's world and the Maharaja Ranjit Singh War museum in one stretch.
Nehru Rose Garden was established in the heart of Ludhiana, in 1967. It spreads over an area of 27 acres and is the largest rose garden in Asia. This rose garden displays about 17,000 plants of around 1600 varieties of roses. It is the venue for the Annual Rose Festival, which draws thousands of visitors from near and far.
Besides, the city is acknowledged for the presence of majestic fountains that enhance the overall beauty of the garden. This is a rejuvenating place for walkers and an ideal place for spending time with family.
Deer Park, Neelon is a lovely picnic spot with lush green surroundings. It is known as the Deer Park as it is home to a large number of deer. Located 20 km from Ludhiana, this park is frequented by visitors for walks, jogs or family picnics. While visiting this park, tourists get to see spotted deer, sambar, porcupine, black buck and rabbits.
Tourists can also find a variety of birds like budgerigar, red headed parakeet and grey partridge. Maintained by the Punjab Government, this place offers an entertaining and fun-filled experience to tourists.
Guru Nanak Stadium, with a seating capacity of 1500, was built at a cost of 15.4 crores (approximately). This popular venue for national and international sports meets has been constructed in accordance with international standards. It hosted the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2001 National Games of India. The Kabaddi World Cup was held at this stadium and was attended by celebrities like Katrina Kaif.
The ‘Pride of Ludhianvis’ has a well-maintained football ground and hosts National Football League (NFL) matches. Boasting of ultra-modern facilities, the complex hosts several athletics, basketball, football, handball, volleyball, badminton, gymnastics and table tennis events.
Water Resource Museum was created basically for the purpose of spreading and popularising the scientific use and management of water resources. Describing the significance of water, this museum guides kids and elders about various techniques of water resource management. The museum highlights the importance of water as an energy source and as an integral part of day-to-day life.