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Located in the state of Haryana, Ambala city is quite an amazing place to explore and discover with your loved ones. This is the kind of city that offers tourists with the right concoction of everything ranging from food, culture, clothing to incredible places to explore. And if we look from a political point of view then the city of Ambala has got two sub-areas which are Ambala Cantonment and the Ambala city. In fact, these cities are less than a kilometer apart, therefore, they are also known as the “Twin Cities.” Moreover, the Ambala district plays an important role in increasing local tourism as the urban life of this place is just too good to resist.

History of Ambala

The district of Ambala has a very rich history. Firstly, the name of this place has been derived from Amba Rajput who is said to have founded the place somewhere around the 14th Century BCE. And another version of this story says that this place was named after Goddess Bhawani Amba. Going back in time in the 7th century, this place was also a part of the Suknatha Janpada. 

In 1192, it was the Muslim invader Mahmud of Ghazni who defeated Prithvi Raj Chauhan and took over this district thus beginning the deteriorating era for the Hindus which lasted for a couple of hundred years. Then under the Muslim rule, this district formed an essential part of the Kutab-Bin-Abak empire. It also witnessed the invasion of Timur around 1450. In history, it has been specifically mentioned that the palaces of Ambala were the part of Sirhind of Delhi Suba. And after the death of one of the last Mughal rulers, various forces rose to retaliate and rebel to gain political control. It is said that Banda Bahadur who was also a disciple of the Guru Gobind Singh launched a ferocious attack on the Ambala area. And after Banda, a man named Khidmat who was a Mughal official ruled the Ambala Territory till somewhere around 1739. It was only after slaying the Abdali's Governor that the Sikhs were able to come in the power and gain control over the territory. Then in the revolt of 1857, this place also became a military depot for the rebels. 

Why you Should Visit Ambala

For the people who love history and are fond of traveling are bound to like Ambala. The energetic vibe of this town along with the delicious food and immense shopping options offers every reason for the people to visit the town of Ambala. 

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Places to Visit in and Around Ambala

Rani Ka Talab. The Rani Ka Talab is a 400-year-old (approx) historic scenic pond which is located in the Ambala Cantt. Moreover, there is Anand Market, Halwai Bazaar around this place where you can hope to travel around. 

Bhawani Amba Temple. According to the beliefs of people, the name of this temple has been derived from the name of the Goddess Amba. It’s an ancient temple and has been there for a very long period of time. Here, you can see a great number of devotees visiting this temple.

Saint Paul’s Church. This is one of the oldest churches in the region. The Saint Paul Church was established in the year of 1857. What’s intriguing is the fact that this place was bombed during the 1965 Indo-Pak war and as an unfortunate result these bombings destroyed the church. As of today, only a single church tower remains.

Things to do in and Around Ambala

Visit Gurudwara Sri Panjokhra Sahib. This Gurudwara has been dedicated to the eighth Guru Sri Harkrishan Sahib Ji. The spiritual vibe of this place is out and out amazing to experience. While traveling to Ambala, you should definitely give a visit to this Gurudwara. 

Visit Patel Park. Patel Park is quite an amazing option to explore and discover. Especially the children will be loving this place owing to the greenery and liveliness of the park.

Visit Maharaja Agrasen Chowk. The Maharaja Agrasen Chowk is one of the main landmarks of the Ambala city. And here you will also be finding a park nearby which you will simply love to explore and have some quality time with your loved ones. 

Events and Festivals in & Around Ambala

Lohri. The festival of Lohri marks the end of the winter season and is celebrated every year on the 13th of January. During this festival, a bonfire is lit and people gather around it to sing songs and offer sweets to the fire. Read More

Teej. Teej is basically celebrated to welcome the monsoons or you can say the month of saavn. During this festival, all the women meet at a commonplace to sing songs, apply henna on their hands and enjoy the swings. On this day, a puja is performed and then the evening time is saved for dancing and singing around. Read More

Best Time to Visit Ambala

The best time to visit Ambala is the months from October to November. During this time the overall climatic conditions are good for traveling and sightseeing. 

Famous Food and Clothing of Haryana

Haryana is a lively place to consider for traveling around. What really makes this place worth visiting is the village-like vibe of this place. Coming on to the attire of Haryana, people here generally like to wear dhoti, kurta, pagri as a part of their traditional dress. And women go with Ghagra, Odhni, etc. Switching focus to the food, some of the popular dishes that you must try are Singri ki Sabzi, Mixed Dal, and Kadhi Pakora. 

How to Reach Ambala

By Air. The city of Ambala doesn’t have an airport. The nearest airport is situated in Chandigarh and after deboarding the flight you will need to get a cab or some other means of transportation to reach your desired destination in the city. 

By Road. You can easily travel to Ambala via road networks. Tourists can reach Ambala from major and nearby cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Chandigarh, etc. To travel to this place it will take you a time frame of around 3 hrs, 29 hrs, and 1 hrs, 29 hrs respectively from the above-mentioned cities. You can consider taking the road routes via NH 44, NH 52, NH 19. 

By Train. The overall connectivity via train routes to Ambala is quite good as it's well connected with some of the major cities. Thus, traveling by train can be a good option for you. The nearest railway station is the Dhulkot. After deboarding the train, you would need to catch a cab or some other means of transportation to reach your desired place in the city.  

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