At a glance

At a glance


Ambala district has an extremely interesting past. The district was explored during British period by A.C.Cunningham and C.Rodgers and later by shri B.B.Lal and others. On the basis of various literary and archeological evidences it is possible to give an outline of culture and history of Ambala district. The earliest literary reference to the region comprising the Ambala district is found in the Hindu scripture Taittiriya Aranayaka which mentions Turghna as the bordering region towards the North of Kurukshetra. This locality identified with Shrughna Sugh also finds mention in Panini (Ancient Indian literature). It is surmised that Ambala district was founded by Amba Rajput during the 14th century AD. Another version is that the name is a corruption of Amba Wala or the mango-producing village, judging from mango groves that existed in its immediate neighbourhood or maybe the district has been named after goddess "Bhawani Amba" whose temple still exists in Ambala city.

Ambala is known as a town of scientific instruments. It is divided into two parts: Ambala Cantt (cantonment) and Ambala City, about 3 kilometers apart from each other. Within the cantonment area, Ambala has a large presence of Indian Army and Indian Air Force. The cantonment was established in the year 1843, after the British abandoned its cantonment at Karnal. The cantonment houses the '2 corps', one of the three strike corps of Indian Army and is of immense strategic importance.

Ambala is also significant from the tourism point of view. Due to its geographical location, Ambala plays an important role in local tourism. Tourists visiting Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Chandigarh and Jammu & Kashmir have to pass through Ambala.

At a glance

Locations: District Ambala lies on the north-eastern edge of Haryana. It is bounded by district Yamuna nagar in the south-east. To its south lies Kurukshetra District, while in its west are situated Patiala and Ropar districts of Punjab and the Union Territory of Chandigarh. The Shivalik Range and Sirmaur districts of Himachal Pradesh bound the Ambala district in the North and North-East.

Linking Roads: 5 National Highways i.e. NH-1, NH-22, NH-65, NH-72 and NH-73 pass through Ambala. NH-22 starts from Ambala and leads to Shimla in Himachal Pradesh.

Postal Code: 133001 (Ambala Cantt.) 134003 (Ambala City) | Longitude: 74° 33"-53' to 76° 36"-52'East | Latitude: 27° 39"-45'North | Area: 1568.85 sq.kms | Altitude: 900 feet above sea level | Population: 1,136,784 (Census 2011) | STD Code: 0171 | Villages: 433 | Literacy: 82.90% | Languages: Hindi, English | Best season to visit: All seasons to visit.

How to reach

By Air

The city is served by Chandigarh airport. Daily flights ply from Chandigarh to Delhi and Chandigarh to Mumbai.
For more information, please contact the airlines.

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Jet Airways (India)
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By Rail

Ambala is one of the most famous and biggest rail junctions of North India. It is connected with high speed Rajdhani and Shatabadi trains and express trains to all major cities of India.
The city has three railway stations:

  • Ambala Cantt (Delhi-Amritsar-Meerut-Kalka lines)
  • Ambala City (Ambala-Amritsar/Jammu Line)
  • Dhul Kot (Ambala-Chandigarh/Kalka Line)
For railway enquiry dial 139.
By Bus

There is a bus terminal in Ambala Cantt (GT Road) and another one at Ambala City. There are frequent services along Delhi, Chandigarh. Amritsar and Shimla route and some far off destinations such as Gwalior, Kota and Jaipur. For Haryana enquiry dial : 0171-2556388.

By Road

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