Ambala - Big Attractions from a Small Destination

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Published: 26th October 2012
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A trip to Ambala may not be the top priority in terms of leisure or holiday travel. However, the city has its own brand of small town old world charm and is reasonably located pretty close to popular tourist destinations in Haryana and Punjab. For instance, just a couple of very well known tourist destinations close to Ambala are Chandigarh and Morni Hills. Ambala is a city as well as municipal corporation in Haryana’s Ambala district and comprises two areas, namely Ambala City and Ambala Cantonment. This has earned it the title of ‘Twin City’. Get familiarised with the destination’s most popular attractions and the nearby places of Chandigarh and Morni Hills by reading through this short Ambala travel guide.

Tour of Ambika Devi Mandir

If you travel to Ambala, make sure that you visit Ambika Devi Mandir. It is said that Ambala City is named after the deity at this temple. The deity is of Goddess Bhawani Ambika, a form of Goddess Durga). The temple has a domed roof and is octagonal in shape and is home to the idols of Amba, Ambika and Ambalika of the Mahabharata fame. The paintings adorning the walls have faded with age but still capture the imagination of onlookers. Similarly, exquisite carvings make for an interesting sightseeing episode. If you want to make the most of your experience here, try to visit during the 9 day festival of Navratri as grand festivities rock the place. This is perhaps the time when the temple contributes most significantly to Ambala tourism.

Visit to Jain Mandir

The Jain Mandir is another interesting highlight of one’s Ambala tour. Situated at Ambala Sadar, the place is easily accessible. The four figurines at the temple are those of Arihant, Chanda Prabhu, Parshavnath and Shantinath. The temple also holds some interesting treats for history buffs as quite a few idols excavated from the surrounding areas have been placed here. With generous donations from the Jaina community, the temple’s upkeep has been pretty decent. While the temple attracts a fair number of visitors at all times, those who visit during some Jain festival get to experience a great celebratory crescendo. So, if Ambala features in your travel planner during Jain festivals, definitely visit the temple.

Gurdwara Panjokhra Sahib Travel

Ambala travel also gives you the chance to visit the grand Gurdwara Panjokhra Sahib. This huge impressive structure sprawls across an area of approximately 30 acres and is dedicated to Guru Har Krishan Sahib, the eighth Sikh Guru. The Gurdwara has two floors including a dining hall and a gigantic prayer hall. Every Sunday, a Lungar or free meal is served here. Devotees flock in large numbers and the poorest of the poor rub shoulders with the cream of the society. Every year, during January/February, a fair is held for celebrating the abode of the Guru. Lots of travellers, especially Sikh tourists make it a point that they plan a trip to the Gurdwara, when they visit Ambala.

Tourist Places around Ambala

As mentioned before, there are many interesting tourist places around Ambala and just a couple of very popular ones are Chandigarh and Morni. Here is a quick travel planner if you want to visit these places from Chandigarh.

Trip to Chandigarh

The distance from Ambala to Chandigarh is nearly 50 km. Many travellers find it convenient to catch one of the Ambala to Chandigarh trains for the journey. The train ticket booking fare is nearly Rs 50. You may also opt for an Ambala to Chandigarh bus. The journey will take about one and a half hours’ time.

Trip to Morni Hills

The Ambala to Morni hills distance is approximately 70 km. It is definitely worthwhile going on a trip from Ambala to Morni hills. This destination is part of the Shivalik range and is blessed with an abundance of natural beauty. You may easily hire Ambala to Morni hills cars and cabs. Travellers interested in driving down on their own, may take a look at the Ambala to Morni hills road map available at our website.

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