Hin: अम्बाला ambāla
‘Mango Village’ – City/District, Haryana
From Hin: amba , ‘mango’; Hin: wala, ‘a place with’, ‘village’;
There are two other suggestions:
- from the goddess Bhawani Amba whose Temple still exists in Ambala city;
- named after Amba Rajput who allegedly founded it during the 14thC.
Ambala is a twin city made up of two parts separated by eight km: Ambala Cantonment and Ambala City, The Cantonment indicates a long association with the Arny and Air Force both under the British and post-Independence.
Its strategic location near Chandigarh and Delhi, but also close to the Punjabi border, have been behind suggestions that it couls be developed as an alternative economic centre to Delhi.