Ludhiana city is easily accessible through air, road & rail from the other major Indian cities and states.
Travel from Delhi is best planned ahead by reservation in a Shatabdi train for day travel, which includes the Indian food served onboard. Recently, the Indian railway websites allow E-tickets to be bought using a credit card for use with a photo ID. For more information, see http://www.indianrail.gov.in/ and see http://www.irctc.co.in/ for online booking of tickets.
A comfortable, but more expensive option, is to contact a tourist agency and rent a vehicle. It can be hot, grimy, dusty and downright painful to travel in the Punjab Roadways buses, as they do not have deluxe service or air conditioning.
Ludhian Accessibility :
The Ludhiana District is very well connected in terms of roadways and railways. NH1-Grand Trunk road passes through the city, which connects it to Indian capital city Delhi and to other important cities of Punjab like Jalandhar, Amritsar, Wagha Border etc. NH95 connects the city to Chandigarh in southeast direction and Ferozpur in southwest direction. Other important State highways and major roads also connect the city to various towns of Punjab. Ludhiana lies on the main broad gauge line and is identified as a junction. The city is also well connected by rail network to Delhi and other important cities of Punjab like Jalandhar, Ferozpur and Bathinda.
By Air: The nearest operational airport from Ludhiana is one in the state capital Chandigarh, 100 km away & another one in the Holy City Amritsar. The proposal to build an international airport at Ludhiana has been floated recently.
- International links:
- Raja Sansi Airport at Amritsar (200 Km from Ludhiana)
- Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi (325 Km from Ludhiana)
- The Domestic airports nearby are:
- Airport at Chandigarh (110 Km from Ludhiana)
- Palam (Domestic) Airports New Delhi (325 Km from Ludhiana)
By Rail: There are regular trains for New Delhi and Amritsar from Ludhiana Railway Station. Fast trains connect Ludhiana to Delhi, Calcutta, Mumbai, Puri, Nagpur, Jammu and other cities of India. The important trains include Frontier Mail, Jammu Tawi and Deluxe Express to Mumbai, Shatabdi Express to Delhi, Utkal Express to Puri and Howrah Mail to Calcutta..
By Road: Ludhiana is situated on the Amritsar-Delhi Grand Trunk Road. New Delhi, Amritsar, Chandigarh & other major cities in Punjab are well linked with Ludhiana through road. The city lies about 305 km northwest of Delhi and is 100 km away from Chandigarh. There is vast network of bus services of Punjab, Himachal, Delhi, Pepsu, Chandigarh, U.P., J&K, Rajasthan State Roadways, apart from private operators. Important road links include Delhi, Shimla, Chandigarh, Rishikesh, Kulu, Manali, Dharmshala, Dalhousie, Jammu, Jaipur and Ganganagar.
What to Bring Along While Coming to Ludhiana : Though you will find most items in Ludhiana, it might be a good idea to bring them from home. At least you know where to get them and you can read the instructions... Remember also to bring any medicine you are taking. Light cotton clothing in summer & woolen clothing in winter are recommended in Ludhiana's climate. Your list should include:
- Sun screen in summer & Cold Cream in winter
- Pain relievers
- Antiseptic lotion or spray
- Anti-diarrhoea medication
- Antacid (for an upset stomach)
- Traveller's first aid kit