Situated in the Indian state of Punjab, Mohali, now named as Ajitgarh, is a satellite city of Chandigarh. It is officially known as SAS Nagar in the memory of Sahibzada Ajit Singh, the eldest son of Guru Gobind Singh Ji.
There is a lot to see for travellers coming here, starting from the magnificence of Mohali Cricket Stadium to the mesmerising beauty of Sukhna Lake and many more. Here is a guide to this amazing city.
Gurdwara Amb Sahib in Mohali has immense historical and cultural significance and is thus a must visit for tourists. As per legends, Bhai Kuram Ji of Kabul travelled to Amritsar to seek the blessings of the 5th Sikh Guru, Guru Arjan Dev Ji. While everyone else was paying gifts to Guru Sahib, he stood there empty-handed.
Ashamed of this, Bhai Kuram Ji saved the amb given as Prasad and presented the same to Guru Sahib the next morning. Guru Arjan Dev Ji asked him to eat his Prasad and promised that his offering will be accepted one day. The 7th Sikh Guru, Guru Har Rai Ji, visited the site of this Gurdwara to fulfil the promise of his great grandfather, Guru Arjan Dev Ji. Through his might, Guru Sahib planted a tree full of ambs at this site and since then, the place came to be known as Gurdwara Amb Sahib.
Devotees at the temple
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Mohali Cricket Stadium, formally known as the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, is acclaimed as one of the largest cricket stadiums in the country. Established in the year 1993, this swanky cricket stadium boasts of world-class facilities including a large cricket practice and tournament ground and a seating capacity of 45,000.
Mohali Cricket Stadium is also counted amongst some of the best places for the training of state cricket players. The first real action witnessed by the stadium was a one-day international match played between India and South Africa during the Hero Cup, on 22nd November, 1993. In December 1994, the first test match was played here between India and West Indies. Today, the stadium is home to the IPL Team, Kings XI Punjab.
View of the Mohali stadium
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Sukhna Lake is a picturesque spot located at the foothills of the Shivalik range. This manmade lake was created in the year 1958 by damming the Sukhna Choe stream that flows down from the Shivalik Hills. The splendour of nature attracts hikers, photographers and painters towards the scenic beauty of this lake.
A former venue for the Asian Rowing Championships, Sukhna Lake is renowned to have the longest channel for rowing and yachting. The spot is also favourable for other water sport activities like skiing, surfing and sculling. During winters, exotic migratory birds settle around the lake making it a delight for birdwatchers. The serene atmosphere at Sukhna Lake makes it a recommended destination for picnic, boating and even meditation.
Scenic view of Sukhna Lake
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How to Reach Mohali
By Air: There is no airport in Mohali; however, the city can be easily reached via Chandigarh Airport that is located 15 km to its east.
By Rail: Since Mohali does not have a rail head of its own, tourists from across the country can take a train to the Chandigarh Railway Station.
By Road: From nearby regions like Delhi, Chandigarh and Ambala, road transportation is the best way to travel to Mohali. Other convenient options to reach Mohali via road are autos and taxis.
So when are you heading to Mohali?
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