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 could be developed as an alternative economic centre to Delhi.

For related place names see Indian Place names and Haryana place names.

 

Ambala Cantonment Railway Station       Gopal1035