Located in district Ambala in the Indian state of Haryana, Ambala is a serene destination that is growing up to be an urban centre for development with the right touch of the tradition and culture. It is also on the border of Punjab, the neighbouring state and has two different sub areas, known as the Ambala Cantonment and Ambala City. Both the areas are just 3 kilometres away from one another, and to the world, the duo is called twin cities.
The Ambala cantonment area, as the name already suggests, has a huge presence of the Indian Army and Indian Air Force, who work tirelessly in the region and have their training programs here. Ambala is also known to separate Ganges river network from the network of the River Indus and has two rivers surrounding it, namely Ghaggar and Tangri. Much thanks to placement in the Haryana state and along the border of Punjab, Ambala enjoys to play a very dominant role in the tourism of the region for both states.
Looking at the history, the Ambala Air Force Base is easily among the oldest airbases in India, which was taken over by the Indian Air Force from the British. In the 1947- 48 Kashmir Operations, this airbase served as a major point for the Spitfires and Harvards that were used and flown by the instructors from the coveted Advanced Flying Training School. Over the years, the trend has continued, and Ambala continues to be among the frontline airbases in the country. Many of the aircrafts that were introduced by IAF was from this base.
Back in the year 1965, the airbase was attacked by Pakistan Air Force's B-57 bombers. Ambala is known for its Central Jail, where Nathuram Godse, the assassin of Mahatma Gandhi, was hanged, along with Narayan Apte, who was also a conspirator in the case. The place also finds its mention in Rudyard Kipling's novel Kim.
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