The Ambala District has claims of being one of the historically famous districts of Haryana State. On the basis of various literary and archeological evidences it is possible to give an outline of culture and history of Ambala District.This locality identified with Shrughna Sugh also finds mention in Panini (Ancient Indian Literature). Ambala District was founded by Amba Rajput in the 14th century AD. Another version is that the name is a corruption of Amba Wala or the mango-village judging from mango groves that existed in its immediate neighborhood. Still another version is that the District has taken its name 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 the Indian Army and Air Force. The cantonment was established in the year 1843, after the British abandoned its cantonment in Karnal. The cantonment houses the '2 corps', one of the three strike corps of the Indian Army and is of immense strategic importance.Ambala is also significant from a tourism point of view due to its geographical location, Ambala plays an important role in domestic tourism. Tourists visiting Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Chandigarh and Jammu & Kashmir have to pass through Ambala.
The city is dotted with many shrines mostly relating to Sikh, Hindu and Muslim religions. People throng here to pay homage or ask for fulfillment of their wishes from the presiding deities. The ancient mosque here stands as a symbol of peace for people of diverse religions.
The mosque though not very huge, conveys a message of peace and culture.
It is believed that the name of city Ambala has been derived from the name of Goddess Amba
The nearest civil airport is at Chandigarh which is well connected by air to other Indian cities, approximately 40km away via the Ambala-Chandigarh Expressway.
Ambala Cantonment junction is one of the most famous and biggest junctions of north india. It is connected with high speed rajdhani or shatabdi trains or express trains to all major cities of india.
Ambala is well connected by road network to major cities of northern India.
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