The city of Moga lies in the Moga district which is in the Punjab state. In the year 1995, November 24 Moga became the 17th district of Punjab state. Earlier, Moga was a sub-division of the district Faridkot. The town of Moga is positioned on the (Ferozpur-Ludhiana road) NH-95.
Moga is extremely popular for being the abode to a majority of NRI inhabitants who have now been settled in Canada, USA and UK. Moga is also the birth place of Lala Lajpat Rai who was a legendary freedom fighter of India.
Moga produces the maximum quantity of rice and wheat in the enitre Punjab. There is also a Nestle plant which is located on the west border of the Moga which follows the international standards.
History of MogaThe Moga city was established by Moga Singh Gill and the city is also named after him. Moga Gill was the forefather of “Gill Community”. Thereafter the city was governed by his 2 sons named- Jagdeep Singh Gill and Khushpreet Singh Gill. They divided the Moga city into 2 parts.
Geography of MogaMoga is spread over an area of 2230 square kilometer. It is geographically located at 30.8° in north and 75.17° in the east. The district of Moga is enclosed by the Jalandhar district on its north and on the south it is bounded by the Sangrur. Conversely, on the west Moga is surrounded by Feorzpur and Faridkot, while on the east it is enclosed by the Ludhiana district.
Moga TourismMoga is mainly popular for its beautiful gurudwaras and temples. The city is flocked by a plethora of visitors throughout the year. Among the various temples in Moga the notable ones are Sanatam Dharam and Geeta Bhawan. Geeta Bhawan is situated close to Kashmir Park. This temple attracts the tourists with its gorgeous mosaic works. Sanatam Dharam is a holy place for the locals and well as pilgrims from other cities as well.
The famous gurudwaras of Moga are:
- Gurudwara Gurusar
- Gurudwara Mehdayana Sahib
- Gurudwara Nanaksar Sahib
- Daroli Bhai Gurudwara
- Dina Sahib or Gurudwara Lohgarh Sahib
Apart from these the other well-known gurudwaras of Moga are Chand Nawan and Daroli Bhai which are positioned at the Moga II block and the Lopon situated in the Nihal Singh Wala block.
Shahidi Park, Kashmir Park and the Nehru Park are the well-known parks of Moga. The evening time is the most recommended time for the tourists and locals to visit these parks.
Culture of MogaThe main religion of Moga district is Sikhism. Among the various districts of Punjab, Moga has the maximum population of Sikhs residing in this district. Punjabi language is mostly used in Moga. Apart from the language the Punjabi literature, music, Punjabi cuisines, traditions, Punjabi poetry and architecture etc. also represent the true culture of Moga.
The main festivals that are celebrated here are- Teej, Baisakhi and Kanak Katai. In Moga, Lohri is celebrated with great joy during the spring season.
The different forms of dances that are performed here are- Giddha, Bhangra, Gatka, Loddi and Dandiya. Punjabi music and Qawali is also very popular here and is recognized globally.
The main craft of the rural areas of Moga is pottery and basketry. Apart from these- weaving, metal work, embroidery and wood works are also very famous here.
Food in MogaMoga has plenty of Bakeries, Fast Food Joints, Dhabas, Wine Shops and Restaurants. Bombay Bakery House is a renowned bakery in Moga. Some admired sweet shops located in Moga are- Billa Halwai, Sharman Jain Sweets, Lahorea Sweet House and Saini Sweets.
The Big Ben restaurant in Moga is worth mentioning and is famous for its beverages and a range of mouth-watering sweets. This vegetarian restaurant also offers a variety of snacks, cakes and “Chats”. To know about some more restaurants in Moga click here.
Among the fast food joints some noteworthy names are- VIP Pizza, Mr. Pizza, Guru Nanak shop, Café Coffee Day and GFC Park.
Shopping in MogaMoga has a plethora of shops for a wide range of products. Moreover, people can really bank on some renowned shops in Moga which specialize in furniture, apparels, jewelry, electronics, footwear, grocery etc.
Among the numerous apparel shops in Moga some prominent ones are:
- V Mart in G.K Plaza, Moga
- John Players in Partap road chowk(Main bazaar), Moga
- Sagar Collection in Akalsar road, Moga
- Spykar Lifestyles Store in Ram Ganj Road, Moga
- Khadi Bhandar in Main bazaar near ramganj mandi, Moga.
The NEXT Goyal & Goyal is a popular and reliable electronics and home appliances shop in Moga which is located on the court road, Moga.
Bagh Gali and Main bazaar are the main market places of Moga where you can shop for a variety of items.
Transportation in MogaThere are a number of transportation modes like- trains, planes and buses that tourists can choose to reach Moga. The nearest airport to Moga is the Sri Guru Ram Das Ji international airport which is located in Amritsar. The distance between Moga and Sri Guru Ram Das Ji airport is just 121 kms and thus tourists from distant places can board flights to the airport. And from the airport they can easily take a taxi or a cab to reach Moga.
Buses are the most convenient mode for local transport in Moga. These buses are operated by the Government of Punjab. All of these buses generally ply between the cities of Moga and Amritsar.
Tourists can also avail trains from the railway station of Moga which is situated 2 kms away from the Moga city. The Moga railway station is well-connected with the other major cities of India.