Sangrur, the administrative headquarters of Sangrur District
, is an ancient town situated 48 km south of
, in Punjab
. It was the erstwhile capital of the princely state of Jind until 1948.
Sangrur derives its name after Sanghu, a Jat who is thought to have founded the town 400 years ago. In the 18th century, it became a part of the Nabha State.
Four gates, namely Sunami, Patiala, Dhuri, and Nabha Ė each named after a neighboring town located in that direction, welcomes one into the town. Beautiful gardens and shops surround the town. Major point of tourist interest in Sangrur is the Banasar Garden famous for its marble baradari and a mini zoo. Other spots worth visiting are Jama Masjid at Malerkotla, Memorial of Shaheed Udham Singh, Idgah Malerkotla, Gurdwara of Nankiana Sahib, Diwan Khana, Fort at Badrukhan and the Fort at Bagrrian.
Sangrur Railway Station is on the Ludhiana-
Jakhal railway line. By road, the town is linked with Patiala, Ludhiana (80 km), Chandigarh (121 km) and Bathinda (112 km). Nearest airport is at Ludhiana.