The city of Jalandhar is the true personification of the rich heritage and history of Punjab – a culmination of the old and the new. This historic city was a part of the illustrious Indus Valley Civilisation. Present day Jalandhar has grown to be an important commercial and industrial hub and is also known for its delectable Punjabi cuisine. The ancient city of Jalandhar promises to let you experience the best of Punjab, along with a taste of its history and culture.

The various historic sites help you relive the rich heritage and culture of Jalandhar. The industrial and commercial growth of Jalandhar is as impressive as its vast history. While the city is often referred to as the sports capital of India, having successfully produced great players who have represented the country, it is also a key exporter of sports goods. Jalandhar is also a world leader in the production of leather goods. When it comes to its culture and ethnicity, Jalandhar is famous for its dance forms and festivals. Any celebration is deemed incomplete without the famous Bhangra beats. Jhumar and Giddha are two other dance forms. While the most widely spoken language is Punjabi, the dishes are inclined to Punjabi cuisine. Apart from that, Jalandhar is home to the century-old Imam Nasir Mausoleum and Gurudwara Chhevin Padshahi which are popular tourist spots.

Places to Visit

Science City, Kapurthala

Science City Kapurthala, otherwise known as Pushpa Gujral Science City is a haven for science enthusiasts established by the Government of Punjab. At a distance of 15 km from Jalandhar, it is spread across an area of 72 acres. Its motto is to help people, especially younger children, develop an interest in the working of the physical world around them. 

It uses concepts from physical, applied, natural and social sciences, engineering, technology, agriculture, health sciences, energy, industries, human evolution, environment, ecosystems, Jurassic parks as well as other intriguing aspects of space, IT, nuclear science, robotics and biotechnology. It consists of a theatre and digital planetarium endorsing an engaging outlook onto the undiscovered world. There is a climate change theatre dedicated to educating younger and older minds to help save this planet. There are several other intriguing manifestations of abstract concepts. It is focused on inculcating a creative insight into how the world works and how can humanity as a civilisation succeed without destroying its natural habitat. The project also upholsters education beyond age, social strata and profession. They promote learning through experience rather than textbook hindsight and mugging-up.

Devi Talab Mandir

Devi Talab Mandir is a 200-year-old Hindu temple located in Jalandhar, Punjab. It is in the heart of the city, which attracts thousands of people from all over the world. The main goddess is Durga, and it is one of the 51 Shakti Peethas in India. In recent times, the temple was renovated, and few changes have been made to the original structure. In addition to it, new construction has been made within the temple premises which resembles the Amarnath cave. 

This holy place of worship is believed to have been there for over 200 years and is one of the ancient temples in India. The tank within the temple, which is just as old as the temple is also a significant point of attraction as it is considered to be sacred. There is also a shrine for Lord Shiva which depicts a picture of him sitting on a tiger. Needless to say, it is a very beautiful and sacred place to visit especially for all the Hindu devotees.

Nehru Park

The Company Bagh, formerly known as the Nehru Park, had its name changed after Independence. To this day, it continues to be one of the oldest parks in Jalandhar, Punjab. It is situated near the Jalandhar Municipal Corporation (JMC), easily accessible via buses, trains or autos. The park was recently renovated with a musical fountain, fancy electric lights, an entrance via three gates located at different areas of the garden, children’s fountain and a play arena with slides and swings. People usually come here for morning and evening walks. Jogging has been an everyday activity after the construction of a jogging pathway.

Nehru Park: The oldest park in Jalandhar

The oldest clock tower of the city was carefully engineered and still stands as a common attraction point of the park. A memoir for Mahatma Gandhi has been staged in the form of a white coloured statue with peripheral fencing, thus avoiding any irregularity in its structure by animals. There is a library documenting India’s history of her struggle for freedom.

The lush green area decorated with trees and fragrant flowers welcomes locals and tourists for a leisurely time. They often come here to meditate or reconnect with the history of India. The park is spread over an area of 3 acres and has become a popular picnic hotspot of Jalandhar.

Talhan

Talhan is a quaint village situated in the Jalandhar District of the state of Punjab in India. It is spread over an area of 1.49 KM2 or 369 acres. The population of the village currently is 2,946 people. Most of the people belong from the religion of Hinduism and Sikhism. It is a small village which is mostly known for its Gurudwaras, especially the Talhan Shaheeb Gurudwara where people come to pray if they want to go abroad. Another key attraction to the place is the Shaheedi Jor mela which is an annual event held to remember Shaheed Baba Nihal Singh. 

Wonderland

Wonderland is an amusement and water park located in the city of Jalandhar, Punjab. It is located in Nakadar Road which comes after Wadala Chowk and is 6 km away from Jalandhar Bus Station. The park functions as a conjuncture between rides, waterpark, dining hall, entertainment and shopping centre. It is spread over an area on 11 acres and enthuses its visitors with its wave pool and aqua dance floor which plays Punjabi pop songs. The shopping centre is a hub for souvenirs for adults and a box of amusing toys for children.

Sodal Mandir

Sodal Mandir is a temple located in Jalandhar, Punjab. The temple’s deity is Baba Sodal and is worshipped by over millions of Pilgrims. Every year on Anant Chodas, also known as Anant Chaturdashi a fair is held at Sodal Temple where pilgrims from all over the country of all religions, castes, and creeds attend to enjoy the festivities and collect the blessings of Baba Sodal.

Jang-e-azadi Memorial

Jang-e-Azadi is located at Kartarpur, Punjab on the Amritsar-Jalandhar Highway. It is a recently developed museum and is one of the mega projects in the state which is spread over 25 acres of land. It is a memorial for all the Punjabis who sacrificed their lives during the Indian Independence. It also gives a detailed picture of the culture of Punjabis and India.

The architecture of the memorial is astounding with various amenities and artistries integrated along with it. The architecture of all the buildings are dome-shaped and is spread in a circular shape which is more exceptionally catchy. There is also a 15- minute 3D movie and a laser show using water curtain projection techniques, which is a picture of India’s struggle for freedom.

Sadar Bazar

Sadar Bazar is one of the bustling commercial streets located in Jalandhar Cantonment Area in Punjab. It is the hub of recent imports from all across India. Its stocks are not only restricted to clothes, but expand to jewellery – necklaces, earrings, bracelets – and shoes, and sunglasses and watches. The Bazar exhibits glass-cased showrooms and tiny roadside stalls that provide locals and tourists with a wide variety of items. The book-stores showcase classics from the Elizabethan Era to Michelle Obama’s autobiography – ‘Becoming’. The chaat centres call for a spicy retreat into the Punjabi cuisine and finger-licking sweet shops that never fail to appease its visitors.

St.Mary’s Cathedral

St. Mary’s Cathedral is located on Mall road in Jalandhar Cantonment area, Punjab. It comes under the province of Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Delhi. It is a representation of the secular culture of India and was first built in 1847 by Rev. Fr. John McDonnell, the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin (O.F.M.CAP). Soon after Independence, the old Church was demolished in 1857 amidst violent riots refuting secularism. The Church was then re-established by the blessings of Pope John Paul II, and laid by the bishop of Jalandhar Rev. Dr Symbhorian Keeprathlaid. It was inaugurated on the Hindu occasion of Diwali on 19 October 1989. The Cathedral is flanked by fragrant flowers, gardens and a gallery called ‘Rosary Villa’ that showcases images of Jesus Christ and Mother Mary.

Harleen Water Fun Park

Harleen Water Fun Park is located in Hoshiarpur Road in Jalandhar. It is one of the most resorted to summer retreats, famous because of its budget-friendly itinerary. The park welcomes families, couples and children as an escape route from the summer heat in Jalandhar. The area is surrounded by water rides and amusements with six in-built pools which are separate for women and children. The recommended time to visit the park is during summers when the temperature rises to and over 30 degrees Celsius in Jalandhar.

Must Try Food in Jalandhar

1. Sagar Ratna

2. Pirates Of Grill

3. Kanta Chhuri

4. Food bazaar

5. Vimpis

6. The Brewmaster

7. Baba Chicken

8. Express Vegetarian

9. De Nuevo Club Lounge

10. The Garden Restaurant

How To Get Here

The nearest airport in Jalandhar is the Sree Guru Ram Das Ji International Airport in Amritsar. There are flights connecting to several Indian cities such as Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai, Srinagar etc. as well as foreign destinations such as Kuala Lumpur, Doha, Dubai, Birmingham etc. The Amritsar airport experiences heavy fog during the winter season, from December to January. This may cause delays in the flight schedules.

By Air

The nearest airport in Jalandhar is the Sree Guru Ram Das Ji International Airport in Amritsar. There are flights connecting to several Indian cities such as Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai, Srinagar etc. as well as foreign destinations such as Kuala Lumpur, Doha, Dubai, Birmingham etc. The Amritsar airport experiences heavy fog during the winter season, from December to January. This may cause delays in the flight schedules. 

By Road

Jalandhar is well connected by road to major Indian cities. It is also well connected to several towns across Punjab and the surrounding states. Government buses, as well as private buses, ply frequently to Jalandhar. Punjab Roadways Road Transport Corporation is the major public sector transport organisation responsible for government-run buses. Private players in this space include Prince Travels, Arora Tour and Travels, Amritsar Volvo Bus Service etc.

By Train

The primary railway station serving Jalandhar is the Jalandhar City Railway Station. It is well connected to major Indian cities such as Mumbai, Pune, Guwahati, Chennai, Kolkata, Jaipur etc. Some of the prestigious trains that make a stop at the Jalandhar station are Paschim Express, Golden Temple Mail and the Howrah Mail. 

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