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Ambala Travel Guide


Ambala Travel Guide

Occupying one of the top positions in the list of the tourist destinations in North India, Ambala lies at the district of Ambala, which in turn, lies at the fringes of the Haryana and Punjab state. The city contributes a great deal in the tourism of the country owing to a large number of tourist spot within its confine.  The place has some historical significance which dates back to the British colonial rule. The kingdom of Pandavas and their subsequent successors also have some root here. There are several assumptions as per the origin of the name Ambala is concerned. Some believes that it owes its name to King Singh; some believes that it owes its name to Goddess Amba while there are still some other who believes that it owes its name to its founder Amb Rajput.  Goddess Amba is apparently the eldest daughter of Kashi King as appeared in the Hindu epic of Mahabharata. A shrine devoted to the Goddess Amba lies within the precincts of the city.

Ambala is a gateway for tourist who wants to travel to Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir. The city has also been acclaimed as the “city of scientific instruments” due to the presence of a large number of metal casting, kitchen mixer and grinder manufacturing industries. Ambala can be rightly said to be a booming industrial town. However, it has still retained the glory of the past through the preservation of some ancient and medieval shrines. The temples have a religious and historical connotation and also impart a lot of valuable information about the town.  The city of Ambala has three gurudwaras; the Badshahi Bag Gurudwara associated with Guru Govind Singh, the Sis Ganj Gurudwara associated with Guru Tegh Bahadur and the Manji Sahib Gurudwara associated with Guru Hargovind.

Other added attractions in the city of Ambala are Paget Park, Gupta Iron Pillar, Lakhi Shah, Hathi Kanna Mandir, Agarsein Chowk, Sardar Bazar, Bhawani Amba Temple, Christian cemetery for the British, Saint. Pauls Church and Yadvendra Udyan Gardens.   The Muslim, Sikh, Christian and the Hindu shrines all reflect the secular spirit of Ambala. Ambala has to its credit the largest number of natural lakes in the state of Haryana. 

The city of Ambala was founded in the 14th century and today it has carved out a niche for itself by becoming one of the country’s foremost tourist destinations.  A good place to visit, Ambala is sure to fascinate the tourist. 

Last Updated: 29/03/2012

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