Published On: Thu, Sep 7th, 2017

Radisson Blu Hotel MBD Ludhiana, where luxury bends with history


By Santanu Ganguly, New Delhi: Radisson Blu Hotel MBD Ludhiana offer to the guests a great sight scene of Punjab to the Hussainiwala Border along with Pakistan, where the beating retreat ceremony in every evening is a very special attraction and it is none less than to the ceremony of Wagah- – Atari border. Along with the border there is memorial of Great Martyr of India Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev, Rajguru and the Batukeshwar Dutta. The place has the remains of the railway station, the ruins of the railway bridge, witness of Indo-Pak war – the bullet marks on all over the walls.
Hussainiwala is a village in Firozpur district in Punjab, lies near the bank of the Sutlej river. The village is on the border with Pakistan, opposite the Pakistani village of Ganda Singh Wala. Hussainniwala is the site of the National Martyrs Memorial, which marks the location where Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru were cremated on 23 March 1931. It is also the cremation place of great patriot martyr Batukeshwar Dutta. who was also involved in bombing the Central Legislative Assembly with Singh, as well as that of Singh’s mother, Vidyawati. An annual fair takes place at the memorial on 23 March, which is the anniversary of Singh’s death. The day is also observed across the state of Punjab.
The border crossing is now closed for travelers, although a flag retreat ceremony is still held daily. Until 1970, it was the principal road crossing between India and Pakistan, and was a trade route for truckers, mostly for the import of Kandahari Angoor (dehydrated grapes) and other fruits and food products from Pakistan and Afghanistan. The border crossing was replaced by the border crossing at Wagah, a little further north. In 2005 there were proposals to reopen the border, but it remained closed.
Since 1970 there has been a Retreat Ceremony at the border crossing every day at 6 pm, similar to the Mahavir/Sadaki near Fazilka and Wager / Atari border ceremony. Attendees are seated in close proximity here, as compared to Wagah where crowds are kept far apart. And unlike the jingoistic display at Wagah which draws nationalistic tourists from all over India and Pakistan, the Hussainiwala ceremony is a more intimate ceremony attended mostly by local Punjabis from either side of the border. As a result, the atmosphere is not as tense, and Indian and Pakistani attendees often smile and wave to one another, and even cheer for each other’s guards as they perform the border spectacle.
At the outbreak of the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965, the 2nd Maratha Light Infantry (Kali Panchwin) was based in Mathura when it was deployed to Hussainiwala in the Firozpur sector of Punjab. It defended the Hussainiwala head works against an attack by a full infantry brigade supported by armored columns of the Pakistan Army. The tower on the other side of the river was captured and razed to ground. Lt KM. Palande, Lt. Feroz Doctor, Lt. S Deshpande showed great courage and ingenuity to thwart an enemy frontal attack. The enemy also used artillery fire and air support in this engagement. Two enemy tanks were destroyed and two captured, with several enemy killed. The commanding officer Col. Nolan was killed by an enemy artillery shelling the next morning while supervising operations. It was a major loss to the battalion. The unit ensured that the Samadhi of Bhagat Singh was not desecrated by the Pak Army. The battalion was visited by then Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri, Defence Minister Kamraj, the Chief of Army Staff and other senior officers. Kali Panchwin was awarded the battle honour “Hussainiwala” for its role in the 1965 War. The citizens of Firozpur, in honour of the Battalion’s contribution in defending the Bridge and Firozpur town, presented a silver replica of the Hussaniwala Bridge.
In the Indo-Pakistan War of 1971 many memorials of Bhagat Singh and others were destroyed by Pakistani artillery. Two companies of the 15th Punjab (formerly First Patiala) were attacked by four brigades of the Pakistan Army on 3 December 1971 at 1835 hours. Nearly 4,000 Pakistani men attacked the Indian side with 15 tanks and heavy artillery support. The Indian commanders included Major Waraich, Major Singh’s and Major Kanwaljit Sandhu, who was badly injured. Major SPS Waraich was reported captured, as were many JCOs and men as the squadrons were taken by surprise and had little time to get to their bunkers. A Pakistani radio news telecast reported (in Urdu) that Maj Waraich hamari hiraasat mein hain (Maj Waraich is in our custody). There was a subsequent report that Maj Waraich was in a North West Frontier jail. Their current status is unknown. They are listed as missing by the Indian Government along with 52 others including a Maj Ashok Suri who wrote a letter to his father in 1975 from Karachi stating that he was alive and well. Pakistan denies holding any of the soldiers Missing in Action.
The village is named after the Muslim Peer Baba Ghulam Hussainiwala ji (Saint Hussaini wala or Saint “who is of Husain”), whose tomb is in the Border Security Force, India headquarters at Hussainiwala.
Set in Punjab’s largest city, the Radisson Blu Hotel Ludhiana provides five-star accommodations in a convenient setting along Ferozepur Road. The hotel adjoins MBD Neopolis Mall, giving immediate access to premium shopping outlets. Those looking for outdoor recreation can wander through the beautiful botanical diversity at Punjab Agricultural University or enjoy the thrilling amusements at F2 Raceway, both just five kilometers away.

From the sleek, modern lobby to the stylish rooms and suites, you can take advantage of friendly service and hospitable amenities, like Free high-speed, wireless Internet access. Enjoy delicious Asian and international cuisine at our on-site restaurants and bar. Thanks to our fitness center and on-site spa, you can recharge or unwind just steps away from your room. Our pillarless banquet hall makes a beautiful venue for gala weddings and conferences of up to 2,000 delegates.

Enjoy premier accommodations when you book one of the 87 sumptuous rooms and suites at the Radisson Blu Hotel Ludhiana. Each room features Free high-speed, wireless Internet access, making it easy to take care of business during your stay, and a mini bar and 40-inch flat-screen television help you unwind when the day’s work is done. For your comfort and convenience, we can also provide niceties like slippers, a dental and shaving kit, and a shoe-cleaning facility with a shoehorn. Your room fee grants you complimentary access to the hotel’s Super Breakfast Buffet.

Embodying the hotel’s commitment to excellence, Deluxe Rooms feature stunning design with modern furnishings, contemporary art and well-appointed amenities. Refresh your body and mind as you enjoy hot-beverage facilities, a satellite television, turndown service and complimentary access to the Super Breakfast Buffet. The Deluxe rooms are approximate size of 38 square meter. The Deluxe rooms are equipped with Coffee- and tea-maker, Dual-line phone with data port, Electronic safe, Shower cubicle, Turndown service etc.

Treat yourself to a relaxed stay in our exceptional Business Class Rooms, which feature warm decor and modern conveniences to help you stay productive. Use Free high-speed, wireless Internet to check in with the office, and then enjoy a free evening drink and a snack in the exclusive Business Class Lounge. These rooms also include amenities such as Late Check-Out and free pressing of two garments per day. The Deluxe rooms are approximate size of 52 square meter. The Business Class rooms have facilities of access to Business Class Lounge with complimentary cocktail hours (including drink vouchers if the lounge is unavailable), bathroom with steam and a whirlpool tub, complimentary ironing of two articles of clothing daily, DVD player, Late Check-Out until 18:00 (subject to availability) facilities.

Sophisticated and style-forward, the hotel’s 29 Privé Rooms redefine opulence and indulgence with a steam room, a whirlpool tub, plush fabrics and in-room check-in. Customize an entertainment program to suit your tastes with DVDs and music, and save time every evening for complimentary cocktails and snacks in the exclusive lounge. The Privé Rooms are approximate size of 52 square meter. The Privé Rooms have the access to Business Class Lounge with complimentary cocktail hours (including drink vouchers if the lounge is unavailable), complimentary Early Check-In at 08:00 and Late Check-Out until 19:00 (subject to availability), In-room check-in, One-way station transfer and rejuvenating in-room foot soak on arrival, facilities.

Experience true elegance in the hotel’s best accommodations as you unwind in the extra-spacious Executive Suite. In the separate living room, guests can take care of work at the writing desk, and the bathroom’s whirlpool tub beckons guests to take a soothing soak. Make your way to the Business Lounge for complimentary drinks and canapés every evening, and ensure that your outfit is impeccable by taking advantage of free laundering of four articles of clothing per day. One-way rail station transfer and complimentary Early Check-In and Late Check-Out help alleviate travel stress. The Executive Suite are approximately size of 78 square meter. The Privé Rooms have the access to access to Business Class Lounge with complimentary cocktail hours (including drink vouchers if the lounge is unavailable), Complimentary Early Check-In at 08:00 and Late Check-Out until 19:00 (subject to availability), Hot tub, One-way station transfer and separate bedroom and living room, facilities.
Radisson Blu Hotel MBD Ludhiana property has three different restaurants Made in India, R.E.D. and Café Delish and two bars, .Peg Bar and Escape.
Made India, delve into the culinary history of India with a flavorful dish served at a refined table setting. Made in India specializes in reviving lost recipes and blending them with modern sensibilities for a truly unique meal. Opening Hours: Lunch: 12:30 – 15:00, Dinner: 19:30 – 23:30
R.E.D. showcases Eastern dining with delectable dishes from China and Southeast Asia, each expertly crafted by our master chef. Sample the spicy and bold fare famous in these regions, or opt for sushi or teppanyaki. Opening Hours: Lunch: 12:30 – 15:00, Dinner: 19:30 – 23:30
Café Delish offering the best in upscale, casual dining, Café Delish provides a wide variety of carefully prepared cuisine on its buffets. Step into the elegant and contemporary dining room, where you’ll experience exemplary service and enjoy international favorites, like freshly made pizza, as well as authentic Indian and Pan-Asian dishes. Opening Hours: Breakfast 06:30 – 10:30 (Mon-Fri) 06:30 – 11:00 (Sat-Sun) Lunch 12:30 – 15:00 (Mon-Sat) 12:30 – 16:00 (Sun) Dinner
19:30 – 23:30
.Peg Bar known as the whisky capital of Ludhiana. Located on site, .Peg Bar boasts the city’s largest collection of single malt and blended whiskeys. You can also order your favourite mixed drink, a beer or wine to enjoy alongside delicious bar food. A vibrant and slightly funky ambiance welcomes you to unwind and settle in, and with various seating options, you can find just the right spot for your party. Both the energy and extensive drinks menu bring locals and guests back to .Peg Bar, which offers the largest selection of single malt and blended whiskeys in Ludhiana. Hotel guests have the exclusive privilege of ordering from the bar’s private collection. Our friendly bartenders can also mix your favorite cocktail or pour you a refreshing beer or glass of wine, and the menu offers a variety of small and large “bytes” to satisfy your cravings. Opening Hours: Noon – 23:30 pm.
Located on site, Espace Spa offers a soothing environment where you can rejuvenate with pampering treatments. Professional spa therapists alleviate physical stress with soothing massages and facial and body treatments, allowing your mind to rest and re-center as well. Find a special oasis in the lush greenery of one of our jade suites. In addition to therapy rooms, the spa houses as unisex salon and a modern fitness center, where an experienced trainer is available for consultations to help you achieve your fitness goals.

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