Sometimes referred to as the Manchester of India, Ludhiana is a culturally diverse, exciting and rewarding place to set up a new home in. With so much to see and do on your arrival in a new city, it's important that you make up a shortlist of things you might want to visit first, that way you can start to understand your surroundings in no time at all. A good place to start is at the Gurudwara Shrimanji Sahib Alamgir, a stunning Sikh place of worship that will give you an idea of the religious practices of the city. Following that you can take a trip to another place of religious significance, the Pir-I-Dastgir Shrine. When you first start living in Ludhiana, you might have trouble getting to grips with the language, the new road layouts and the seemingly strange cultural differences that could leave you stumped. That's why InterNations has worked hard in recent years to bring together a community of like-minded expatriates willing to help one another out, as well as simply socialize and network with fellow expats living in Ludhiana and across the world.
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Relocating to any new city can be difficult, and packing up your bags to relocate your entire family to Ludhiana is certainly no exception. When you're moving to Ludhiana, you'll be full of thoughts of uncertainty, but one thing you can be certain of is the rich and happy lifestyle that is available to you once you've settled down. Many people move to Ludhiana to join the largest agricultural university in India, called the Punjab Agricultural University, whereas others enjoy the other expansive educational options that are available - this includes The College of Veterinary Sciences, and the animal science university. Ludhianvis, as the locals are known, also love the plentiful green parks, the wide variety of shopping opportunities and the city's proximity to the state capital, Chandigarh; and expatriates moving to Ludhiana will surely also come to quickly appreciate all the things Ludhiana can offer.
In 2009, the world bank rated Ludhiana as the best place for business in the whole of India, and since then industry and commerce has experienced quite a boom. One of the main industries in Ludhiana is responsible for the production of manufacturing and agricultural implements, and it is a huge center for the packing of dairy products. Working in Ludhiana as an expatriate can be tricky at first, even if you've had no trouble settling in and finding a job. Cultural differences nevertheless do still exist and many an expat in Ludhiana has had to cope with culture shock. The InterNations Expat Magazine has numerous articles aimed at expatriates who need a little bit of help fitting in whilst working abroad, including pieces on topics such as culture shock and how to best cope with it, moving abroad with a family and cross-cultural communication.