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Ludhiana - Business Capital of Punjab!
Sep 23, 2009 04:19 PM 4440 Views


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When I think of Punjab, 3 cities instant come to my mind. Ludhiana, Amritsar and Chandigarh! Ludhiana being my sasural is very close to my heart:-)

It is the largest city in Punjab. Also it is the richest district in the state of Punjab, and also includes the most expensive fertile land of all of India. Ludhiana district is considered to be one of the NRI hubs of Punjab.

All over the city of Ludhiana there are innumerable shops selling various items that may come to the daily need in the day-to-day life. Starting form books to vegetables to jewelry there are so many malls and shops scattered all over the city to cater to the need of not only the local general flock but also take immense pleasure to help the tourists coming from far and wide.

One thing is very unique in Ludhiana and that is one can find a specific market for any specific products. For instance, if you are intended to purchase a cycle then you can go straight to cycle market. Similarly one can choose to go to either Sunder Nagar or Purana Bazar or Dal Bazar or Chawal Market or Bajwa Nagar for the hosiery products. Akal Market, Dr. Gujjar Mal Road, Karim Pura Bazar are famous for other types of gents and ladies clothing, while Mochpura Bazar is famous for the quality range of shawls and blankets. Innumerable number of shops for wholesale medicines can be found at the Pindi Street. Vishal Mega Market is a great collection of departmental stores engaged in selling varied range of products less than one roof. Apart from these one can find specialized markets for vegetables, electronic items, electrical commodities, imported items, furniture and general shopping.

I also believe Ludhiana is a paradise for foodies like me. I can actually hog on anything from Golgappas to Jalebis, from Aloo puri's to Cream Chicken! And believe me a little of over eating does not leave me guilty at all.

One of the best and oldest eatery is "Khushi Ram & Sons", which is the most popular in the entire state. It has opened a new branch on the NH-95 which attracts many food lovers. The sarabha nagar market is one of the most popular hangout places with many eating joints such as the noodle bar, yo china, hot breads, Dominos and many other famous food chains.

Ludhiana is famous for its chicken, all possible tastes and varieties. Chawla's cream Chicken(Various locations), Babas chicken are only a few. Friends and Shekhupuria's Dhabaa are famous for its parathas, Dal and Shahi Paneer. Just walk along the road opposite the railway station. Fountain chowk is another open place to enjoy all sorts of spicey eateries from Stuffed naans, Cholley Bhature, Chaat, Tikki etc. While in Ludhiana don't forget to try Basant's Kulfi and Ice cream and Punnu Pakoras on Gill Road and if anyone want to eat even at 2AM then go to pandit paranthe wala near chaura bazaar.

Ludhiana is known as the "Manchester of India" because it is the industrial hub of Punjab. There are 8 large integrated knitwear factories, roughly 6, 000 small to medium sized knitwear factories(like Oswals, Nahar. etc.), 10 big hosiery yarn mills and 150 small- to medium-sized worsted and woolen yarns. There are also firms manufacturing bicycles like Hero Cycles, Avon Cycles, machine tools, sewing machines, generators, diesel engines, tyres & tubes, and other consumer goods.

The Main Market in Sarabha Nagar and Ghumar Mandi are the most posh areas of the city. Ludhiana has topped in the list of 17 Indian cities in a survey conducted by world bank(Doing business in India 2009 report).

I am proud of this city and am lucky to be a part of it! Keep it up Punjab, keep it up Ludhiana! Chak de fatte!

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