Ambala at a Glance

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Ambala At A Glance
 Geographical Area
:
151000 hectares
 Total forest Area
:
5956.075 Hectares
 Population
:
Estimated 12.5 lacs
Male
: 53.50 % Male Literacy : 57.88%
Female
: 46.49%
Female Literacy : 42.11%
Ambala At A Glance
•No. of Sub Divisions
:3
Ambala
Barara
Naraingarh
•No of Blocks
:6
•No. of Gram Panchayats : 430
Tourism in Ambala.
Accessibility & Existing Infrastructure.
(A) Govt. owned
:
1 (Kingfisher)
(B)Red huts Saha
:
25 luxury rooms
(C) Economy Hotels
:
4
(D) Dharmshalas
:
5
Objective of Promoting International & Domestic
Tourism in Ambala

Boost to local Economy

Employment generation

Promotion of hotel industry

Development of local area
Places of Interest in Ambala
Subhash Chandra Bose Park.
 Saint Paul's Church.
Christian Cemetery.
Yamkeshwar Temple.
Bhawani Amba Temple.
Raja & Rani Ka Talab.
Labbu Ka Talab.
Navrang Rai Sarovar.
Indra Park & Mahavir Park.
Gurudwara Sahibs (Manji Sahib, Panjokhra Sahib,
Lakhnaur Sahib & Bhadshadi Bagh Sahib).
Guru Gobind Singh Library.
Places of Interest in Ambala
Ambala is a town of scientific instruments. It is also famous for linen and gold
jewelers. It is a railway junction. It has ruins of church built during British rule.
Also has a cantonment. There are many shrines in and around Ambala City. There is
a temple, Bhawani Amba Temple, named after the goddess Bhawani. Ambala is
home to many Gurudwaras (Sikh temples), some of which have historical
importance. The Badshahi Bag Gurudwara,Manji Sahib Gurudwara, Labhuwala
Talaah, Gurudwara Lakhnaur sahib. These are associated with Guru Gobind Singh,
Guru Tegh Bhadur and Guru HarGobind respectively. There are also the popular
Churchs, like Saint Paul's Church and a British, Christian cemetery. Patel Park in
Ambala Cantt and City Park in Ambala City have beautiful gardens.You can also
visit the Subhash Chandra Bose Park in Subhash Colony, Ambala Cantt. It is
recently created. Ambala is a city located on the border of the states of Haryana and
Punjab in India. Politically and geographically Ambala has two sub-areas: Ambala
Cantt (cantoment) and Ambala City, a few kilometers apart from each other. It has a
large army and air-force base within the confines of its cantonment area.
Due to its geographical location, the Ambala District plays an important role in local
tourism. It is the main entry to Haryana for the tourists of Punjab, Himachal,
Jammu & Kashmir and the union territory Chandigarh; and vice-versa.
Subhash Chandra Bose Park
Proposal:
To setup National Level 1857 War Memorial
Saint Paul's Church
Location
:
Area
:
Inside the compound of Air force school, Alexandra
road, Ambala Cantt.
20 acres.
Title
:
Owned by Govt. of India
Managed by
;
Cantonment board
St Paul’s Church in Ambala Cantonment is one of the oldest
church in the region. St Paul’s church, which was consecrated
on January 4, 1857, was bombed during the 1965 Indo-Pak
war. The bombing by a Pakistani aircraft considerably
destroyed the beautiful church building and today only the
church tower remains.
Saint Paul's Church
Proposals :
1. Development of land adjacent to the church into park
and parking.
2. Interlocking and pavement inside the church.
3. Provision of lighting, plantation, General amenities.
4. Maintenance of present structure of church through
some expert body like Archeological Deptt.
5. Separate entry gate for the chruch.
Christian Cemetery
Location
:
Jagadhri road, A/Cantt.
Area
:
22 acres.
Title
:
Owned by Govt. of
Haryana
Administrative control
:
Dy. Commissioner as
Estate Officer of the
excised area.
It is approx. 300 Years old having the cemeteries of important
personalities.
Christian Cemetery
Proposals
1. Widening of approach road
2. Repair of boundary wall.
3. Repair and widening of two gates.
4. Constructions of pavements.
5. Maintenance of cemetery.
6. Provision of light & General amenities.
7. Reconstruction of Drains on the front & rear part of
cemetery
Yamkeshwar Temple
Location
:
Vill. Husani, Tehsil Naraingarh.
Area
:
Approximate - 5 acres (Mandir)
(Talab) Sacred water body – 8 Acres
(Total 13acres)
Title
:
Dharam Dass Trust
Yamkeshwar Temple
Proposals:
1. Construction of pavements.
2. Cleaning of pond by de-weeding & watering
3. Provision of parking.
4. Tile work, Lighting, Plantation and Beautification.
5. General amenities, etc.
Bhawani Amba Temple
Location : Near kumhar mohala , old civil hospital, Ambala city,
Haryana.
Title
: Trustee Sh. K.P. Bhandhari
Area
: 6 Acres (Constructed - 0.5 acres, Vacant - 5.5 acres)
Among the numerous legendary temples in the state of Haryana, the Bhawani
Amba Temple is a prominent one. It is situated in the city of Ambala. The temple of
Bhawani Amba is considered a very sacred temple. It is a temple of the ancient era
and has been there since a very long time.The Bhawani Amba Temple in Ambala
has derived its name from the presiding Goddess of the temple. The deity is known
as Amba Devi or Bhawani Devi. There is a popular belief that the city of Ambala
has been named after Devi Amba
Bhawani Amba Temple
Proposals :
1. Repair of road and removal of encroachment.
2. Provision for tube well
3. Provision for parking
4. Renovation
5. General amenities
6. Provision of lighting, plantation and
beautification
Raja Ka Talab
Location
:
Adjacent to Kendriya Vidyalya
No.1, near circuit House, A/Cantt.
Title
:
Owned by Govt. of India
Managed by
:
Cantonment board.
Area
:
20 acres
Located in Ambala sub-district of Haryana and is situated at just 1 km from the
center in Ambala Cantonment area. It situates itself at 30º21'29" North latitude
and 76º51'8" East longitude. Patel Park is a wonderful place amidst the bustling
city. The huge expanse of greenery is quite unusual to such an old city, but Patel
Park has been able to function as a place to 'breathe a heart full' in the Ambala
city. Large trees line the beautiful park which provides the very necessary open
space. The park is a favorite among people of all ages. For the children it serves
as their adored play ground. The old people find it a great place for serene
morning walks and a beautiful evening gathering. The nearby 'Shiv Ji Temple' is
an added attraction for those visiting the park.
Raja Ka Talab
Proposals
1. Maintenance of pond
2. Provision for parking
3. Removal of grass and plantation.
4. Provision for food huts.
5. Renovation
6. Provision for general amenities.
7. Provision for bird zoo.
Rani Ka Talab
Location
:
Adjacent to Army unit, Circuit
House, Ambala Cantt.
Title
:
Owned by Govt. of India
Managed by
:
Cantonment Board.
Area
:
4 Acres (Talab in 3 acres)
Rani Ka Talab
Proposals :
1.Maintenance of pond
2.Provision for parking
3.Renovation
4.Provision for sheds around talab.
5.General amenities required.
6.Widening of main entrance road.
LABHU Ka Talab
Location : Near SA Jain College , Ambala city.
Area
: 4 acres.
Title
: Dewan Kishan Chand
History : It was constructed by a jatt named labhu after that
it is called labhu ka talab. Maharaja Ranjit singh also visited
this place and one of his horse drink water from this talab. In
the center of the talab, there is one temple called
“Dukhbhanjani Kali Maa Ka Mandir”
LABHU Ka Talab
Proposals :
1. Pavement and interlocking along road.
2.Provision of parking.
3. Cleaning and maintenance of pond
4. Tile work, Lighting, Plantation and
Beautification.
NAVRANG RAI SAROVAR
Location : Near Ram Bagh, Ambala city.
Area
: 4 acres.
Title
: Navrang Rai Talab
Navarang Rai Sarovar 400 yr old where Vaman Dwadshi Mela
held on every dussehra. Statue of Vaman Bhagwan
overpowering Raja Bali seen in foreground and Thakur Dwara
Mandir in the background
NAVRANG RAI SAROVAR
Proposals :
1. Repair and construction of pavements.
2. Provision of parking.
3. Cleaning of pond.
4. Tile work, Lighting, Plantation and Beautification
of park.
5. Provision of general amenities.
INDIRA PARK
Location
:
Near Gandhi Ground, Ambala Cantt.
Area
:
10 acres.
Title
:
Owned by Govt. of Haryana
Managed by :
MC, Ambala
Developed in 60’s by cantonment Board, Ambala and
transferred to Municipal Corporation, Ambala in the
year 1997.
INDIRA PARK
Proposals :
1. Repair and widening of approach road.
2. Parking provision.
3. Tile work, Lighting, Plantation and Beautification of
park.
4. Repair of fountains.
5. Provision for food huts.
6. General amenities required.
MAHAVIR PARK
Location
:
Opp. City Bus stand , Ambala city.
Area
:
Approx. 8 acres.
Title
:
MC, Ambala.
Developed in 1972 and presently under the control of
Municipal Corporation, Ambala
MAHAVIR PARK
Proposals :
1. Repair and construction of pavements.
2. Provision of parking.
3. Cleaning of pond.
4. Restructuring of periphery wall.
5. Tile work, Lighting, Plantation and Beautification of
park.
6. Setting up of Restaurant / food court.
Gurudwara Manji sahib
Location
:
Near NH-1 at Kaith Majri, Ambala
City
Area
:
4-5 acres.
Title
:
Gurudwara Sahib.
History of Gurudwara Manji sahib
Ambala city is situated on the National Highway popularly called Sher Shah Sun Marg about
190 km from Delhi and 48 km from Chandigarh. This city was sanctified by the sixth Guru Sri
Hargobind and Sri Guru Gobind Singh the tenth Guru. Gurudwara Manji Sahib was
constructed at the place where the sixth Guru stayed during his visit to Ambala city. The grand
building of the Gurudwara is located on the G.T. Road (Sher Shah Suri Marg). The devotees
visit this shrine to have a dip in the tank nearby. They also take Amrit from the Baoli
constructed by the sixth Guru, during his stay here. Gurdwara Baoli Sahib or Gurdwara Manji
Sahib - Guru Hargobind is said to have stayed here overnight while on his way to meet
emperor Jahangir. The villagers of the nearby Khurampur Majri complained of perennial
scarcity of drinking water. The Guru encouraged them a dig a baoli and instructed some Sikhs
who lived here to assist the villagers in digging and lining the baoli. The Guru was pleased to
see the work completed on his return from Delhi. The Sikhs established a memorial platform,
Manji Sahib, at the place where the Guru had stayed near the baoli. But the baoli again got
partly filled up and fell into disuse. After the conquest of Sirhind in 1764, when the Dal Khalsa
distributed territories among various misls, Ambala was occupied by Sardar Mehar Singh of
Nishananwali Misl. He got the baoli cleared and cleaned and established a Gurdwara at the
site of the manji Sahib. This is the present Gurdwara Manji Sahib, the premier Gurdwara of
Ambala. Maharaja Hira Singh of Nabha (1871-1911) rebuilt it in the beginning of the 20th
century. Further development took place after 1947. The Gurdwara is close to the first bus
stop of the city when approached from Punjab by the Grand Trunk Road. The old baoli is still
there and therefore the Gurdwara is also called Baoli Sahib.
Gurudwara Manji sahib
Proposals :
1. Direct accessibility from NH-1 to facilitate easy entrance
for the devotees/visitors.
2. Service lane provision.
3. Parking provision.
4. General amenities
5. Cleaning of drains.
6. Timely watering and dewatering of Sarovar
7. Beautification of the complex
Gurudwara Panjokhra Sahib
Location
:
Vill. Panjokhra, Ambala-Naraingarh
Road
Area
:
30 Acres.
Title
:
Gurudwara Sahib.
History of Gurudwara Panjokhra Sahib
Gurdwara Sri Guru Har Krishan Sahib Ji - 10 kilimetres northeast of Ambala City along
the Ambala-Naraingarh road, marks the spot consecrated by Guru Har Krishan, by his
stay during his journey from Kiratpur to Delhi in February 1664. The Guru had been
summoned to meet the Emperor Aurangzeb. A large number of his followers, disturbed
by summons from one known to be a bigoted tyrant, had followed the young Guru. As
the caravan arrived at Panjokhara at the end of the third day of their journey, the Guru
told them all except a few on the household staff to go back to their homes with a firm
belief in the rightness of divine dispensation. There lived in Panjokhara a Brahaman,
Krishan Lal or Lal Ji, who was proud of his learning. Seeing the young Guru, he
sarcastically remarked that the boy who bore the name of Krishna could not even read
Krishna's Bhagwad Gita. Guru Har Krishan simply smiled at the Brahman's impudence
and, calling a passerby, Chhajju the water-carrier, made the latter give a discourse on
Gita. Such was the erudition of Chhajju that Lal Ji Pandit bent his head in shame and
besought the Guru's forgiveness. The Guru resumed his journey after three days stay at
Panjokhara. A small memorial raised in honor of the Guru was developed into a
Gurdwara during the Sikh Rule, and during the past decade or two has become a vast
complex including the double-storey sanctum entered through a spacious hall, Guru ka
Langar with a vast dining hall, and enclosed sarovar and ancillary buildings for staff and
pilgrims. Besides largely attended Sunday morning congregations, an annual fair is
held on Magh Sudi 7 to 9 (January - February) commemorating the days of the Guru's
stay here over 300 years ago.
Gurudwara Panjokhra Sahib
Proposals :
1.Beautification of main gate of
Gurudwara Sahib
2.Lighting, Plantation and Beautification of
Gurudwara Sahib
3.Provision of General amenities
Gurudwara Lakhnaur Sahib
Location : Vill. Lakhnaur, 10 km south of
Ambala City and 7 km from
Ambala Cantonment.
Area
: 5 acres approx.
Title
: Gurudwara Lakhnaur Sahib
History of Gurudwara Lakhnaur Sahib
Gurdwara Lakhnaur Sahib derives its name from the village it is situated in. Lakhnaur is an old village 10
kilometres south of Ambala City and 7 kilometres from Ambala Cantonment. It was the ancestral village of
Guru Gobind Singh's mother, Mata Gujari, whose father, Baba Lal Chand Subhikhi, and brother Bhai Mehar
Chand, lived here. The marriage of Guru Tegh Bahadur to Mata Gujari had however taken place at Kartarpur
near Jalandhar, and Lakhnaur had not been visited by the Gurus until Guru Gobind Singh, then a child of four
years, arrived here from Patna in September 1670. He was accompanied by his mother, Mata Gujari, and
grandmother, Mata Nanaki, and his maternal uncle, Kirpal Chand. Guru Tegh Bahadur had left Patna earlier and
traveling via Delhi joined the family here at Lakhnaur, again to proceed onwards alone leaving the family
behind. They stayed at Lakhnaur for over six months until, summoned by Guru Teg Bahadur, they joined the
latter at Chakk Nanaki (Anandpur Sahib). It was at Lakhnaur that Pir Shah Bhikh (Bhikhan Shah) came and
made his bow to the young Gobind Rai whose birth he had divined earlier as an event propitious for humanity.
Another Muslim divine, Pir Arif Din, is also said to have made obeisance to Guru Gobind Singh here. After the
departure of the holy family, the house in which they had lived during their stay at Lakhnaur, was maintained
as a holy shrine. During the later half of the eighteenth century when the Sikh misls held sway over the entire
Punjab from Indus to Yamuna, the house was converted into a proper Gurdwara. The Cis-Sutlej region fell
under the British rule early in the nineteenth century. Soon after 1849, Maharaja Narinder Singh of Patiala
acquired Lakhnaur and surrounding territory from the British in exchange for some of his own elsewhere.
Gurdwara Lakhnaur Sahib continued to be maintained and administered under Patiala's Dharam-arth Board
upto 1956, when, consequent to the merger of P.E.P.S.U. in Punjab, the administration passed to the Shiromani
Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee. The Gurdwara building in the centre of a large walled compound has some
distinctive architectural features. Sta ding on 10-feet high ground, it is itself within a high enclosure. The 20feet square sanctum, with a high dome on the centre of the roof and a kiosk at each corner, is entered through
a rectangular vestibule covered with elongated dome. The entire interior including the cupola is artistically
painted. A vast congregation hall, 120x40x10-feet has been constructed in the outer compound recently. A
deep-bore well has been installed within an old baoli or open well. Another well in the open ground outside the
village, half a furlong from the Gurdwara building is called Mata Gujari da Khuh (Mother Gujari's Well). This
was constructed within an older but dilapidated well at the instance of Mata Gujari in 1670-71, and still used as
a source of sweet drinking water
Gurudwara Lakhnaur Sahib
Proposals :
Construction of Shed around the Sarovar and
regular cleaning of Sarovar water.
Gurudwara Badshahi Bagh
Location
:
Back side of District Court of Ambala.
Area
:
3 Acres
Title
:
Gurudwara Sahib.
History of Gurudwara Badshahi Bagh
Near district courts Ambala city, commemorates the visit of Guru Gobind Singh who
stayed here while coming from Lakhnaur, where he had gone to meet his maternal parents.
He &amped in the garden, under a cluster of trees. A tank has also been built near the
Gurudwara Badshahi Bagh.GurudwaraBadshahi Bagh commemorates the visit of Guru
Gobind Singh Ji, the Tenth Guru, who visited this place around 1670 during one of his
excursions to Lakhnaur. While on a hunting trip one day on his horse, he came to a big
garden just outside the city of Ambala. Then only a small child of eight years, he had with
him his white hawk as well. The garden belonged to Pir Amir Din, the custodian of the
Muslim shrines of the city. He happened to be present in the garden at the same time. Pir
Amir Din had with him a black hawk. On seeing Guruji’s white hawk, the Pir took a liking
to it and began thinking of how to take it himself. He threw a challenge to the Guru for a
fight between the two hawks. But, Guruji realizing the real intention of the Pir, refused
and said that instead of the hawk, he would make sparrows fight the Pir’s hawk. The Pir
laughed and said that sparrows were food for his hawk, but Guruji repeated his words.
With this, Guruji called upon two sparrows that were sitting on a tree to fight with the
hawk. The sparrows fought so ferociously that the hawk was injured badly. It finally fell to
its death about a kilometer away, near Labbu ka Talaab, the site of
GurudwaraGobindpura. The Pir realized his folly and built a platform in honor of the
Guru. It is here that Guru Gobind Singh uttered his famous words: Chirion se main baaz
turaun, Tabe Gobind Singh naam kahaun. (It is when I make sparrows fight hawks that I
am called Gobind Singh)
Gurudwara Badshahi Bagh
Proposals :
1. Construction of Sarai.
2. Beautification of main gate and repair of approach road.
3. Parking provision near Sarovar.
4. Tile work, Lighting, Plantation and Beautification .
5. Provisions of General Amenities .
6. Cleaning of drains.
Guru Gobind Singh Library
Location
:
Railway road, Ambala City.
Area
:
1 Acre
Title
:
MC, Ambala
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Proposals
1.
Maintenance to retain the heritage.
2.
Modernization of library.
3.
Provision of General amenities.

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