My mind was utterly tensed and brain was grinding itself to pour down all the stress juice in my agitation bowl then all of the sudden DHEA walloped its gear in action and got an idea to travel solo to the nearest place which is kind of unexplored theoretically 😀 and I landed up on the city of mills – “Ludhiana” . Ludhiana is a city in Punjab state and is the largest city in the state. I had only one and the half day to explore as I decided to move ahead to appease my mind.
I started my journey late night around 11 pm from kashmiri gate state bus terminal, New Delhi. The fast moving vehicles and jalopies, those striking red, yellow lights on cornea was creating an ecstasy of next day and all the surprises which god had decided to yank me up with. And all of the sudden the turban man ( sardar driver ji) started playing Punjabi songs to the highest decibel and I felt like a heroine of that movie scene where a girl fantasize and some slow songs plays in the background and all of the sudden mum shouts “Raniiiiii… Paani le aana”. And all dream come to a halt.
I stepped down from the bus at around 5am in the morning, checked in to hotel and thought of taking rest as the journey was kind of bouncy and chipper. Sigh! Before reaching Ludhiana, I had done a lot research but I could not find any valuable articles or blogs per se. I got little reliable information from the Punjab tourism website and little more from the local people and the hotel owner and ergo I decided to roam a bit to provide relevant and factual information.
I decided to go to see the “Lodhi Fort”, which is also being famous by an area around it – “Quilla Mohalla” where Quilla means “Fort” and mohalla means “an area of town”. For that I took sharing auto from samrala chowk to jalandar bypass and from there I took second sharing auto to Quilla Mohalla .
The best part of travelling in sharing auto in Ludhiana is that they do charge Rs. 10 for any location you want to travel in ( places option given by autowalas). Always do ask anything to traffic police not from the strangers on road , asking nearby shops or info desk are also in option rota as people in Ludhiana I found little stereotype (especially men and women are not way behind to insult a creature of same gender) and boys might start following you.
For girls if you are wearing anything cleavage showing or anything above knee and moreover you are pretty so be strong and blunt. Roam anywhere you want but be attentive as people won’t spare to have a glance of your skin. So I would call it “stereotyping turbans”. You may found 2 men out of 10 in support of you or can say to protect you. So, do not hesitate to ask for help if needed.
I reached “Lodhi fort” after asking several people and was aghast to see the plea of the fort as it was mentioned in tourism website as recommended monument.
It was completely ruined; I still entered as I am fond of seeing abandoned and subverted places hence it was a heaven for me at least.
I faltered for a while as Ludhiana boys were having smack and commenting vulgar, but I ignored and stepped ahead as I had completely different image of this beautiful fort and Ludhianvies.
Though the place was calm and ruined but people there aren’t trust worthy and they will surely try to fool you.
I would recommend everyone to please visit this aloof arena and create much buzz so that Punjab tourism will take much care of this beautiful place. Do give your feedback concerning the same on Punjab tourism website. #protectmonument
I made several friends there who were good enough to have word with and to share the science of epistemology , which includes the young boy in sky blue turban named as “Mr. Sukhi Singh”, he introduced himself as The President of the Women College located in the premises of the fort and another boy in royal blue turban , introduced himself as “Gagandeep Singh” , actually both helped me a lot to accompany me to roam around the fort and to introduce nook and corner info about the same.
(Mr.Sukhi the second person from the left , president of girls college (helped me). orange shirt an invader and teaser , extreme right is about to be president (helped me)
Few years back, Punjab government has converted this fort into a women college and mordantly, this place only has not have any protection for women.
(water storage tank for the kingdom)
(scrap to tools making bhatti, with help of hammering)
(Advance tools making machines)
(secret way to secret outing)
Must to have while visiting this place:
- Safety object like- pepper spray, knife and if karate queen then that’s awesome
- Clothes – wear cotton and comfortable clothes
- Avoid carrying expensive stuffs
- Keep police and known number on speed dial
I had heard a lot about “Rakh Bagh”, so I decided to head towards that also which again was disappointing. Things were not well maintained. You can hop on to the small miniature moving rail which does operate inside the park only to entertain little bees. Visiting once recommended.
In the evening I entered the “Punjab Agriculture university” where I found calmness and empty roads.
Entering the university is not that way easy but you can opt for entering from second gate rather the main gate which is 10min far fromlater.
You will find big organic farms and well maintained dairy farms and horticulture centre and purely cleaned environment.
Next day I tripped to RDB fort or Sarai Lashkari Khan also known as Doraha fort as it is located at Doraha in Ludhiana, around 60km. Where “Rang de basanti” had also got shoot in. To reach here you can take buses till “Shri Manji Sahib Gurudwara” from Ludhiana bus terminal and at the back of this religious gram you will find this fort.
It was fun to been there but unfortunately could not explore much as it is on renovation spree.
Must visit as you surely won’t get disappointed.
It is a Great location for photo shoots also.
When it comes to yummy tummy I tried Punjabi “Aalu paratha with butter” and cream full curd.
And Maggie of course can try anywhere. If you are in Punjab then try street foods as I am sure that every kiosk has its own taste. Try Chaap (Made of soyabean), dahi wale golgappe, various naans, fatty chicken rolls, chease and corn rolls etc. I have been to chaura bazaar also did some shopping to keep that in my travel pyxis.
Pensively, the call back alarm rung up and I got ticket of a late night train at 1:05am from Ludhiana junction, which reached Delhi junction at 6:38am in the morning.
Still much to explore in Ludhiana which I might write on it soon. 🙂