Ambala is politically divided into Ambala Cantt, which includes the cantonment area, and the Ambala city. In the cantonment area, there is the Indian Army and Indian Air Force base. It is believed that this place was founded by Amba Rajput and was hence named ‘Ambala’. According to another version, the district is called so because there is a famous temple of goddess "Bhawani Amba" in Ambala City.
Ambala offers a number of sightseeing options apart from being a gateway to the beautiful city and hillstation of Chandigarh in Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand. Tourists can visit beautiful gardens, historic ponds, Sikh pilgrim centres and British era testaments.