Jalandhar is a beautiful city which was formerly known as Prasthala and was renamed to Jullundur during the British rule. It is located 144 km away from Chandigarh and is the key commercial center with various industries. The city of Jalandhar is rich in traditional values, cultural heritage and historical monuments. It has several tourist places including tombs, temples, monuments etc. Jalandhar is also known as the city of sports because most of the sports material are manufactured here and exported all over the world. The city is among the oldest surviving cities of the Punjab region with the maximum percentage of NRI’s. The majestic city of Jalandhar experiences hot summers from April to June and extremely cold winters from November to February. Since the humidity level is quite high during summers, so winter is the best time to visit the city. Here is the list of best places to visit in Jalandhar:
Devi Talab Mandir
Located in the heart of the Jalandhar city, the famous Devi Talab Mandir is just 1 km away from the railway station. It’s a 200- year old temple dedicated to Goddess Durga and is one of the 51 Shakti Peeth’s located in India. The temple has an idol of Lord Shiva enshrined and a blessed water pond well known to heal all kinds of physical deformities. Devi Talab Temple has been renovated recently with a number of changes made to its old structure. The best time to visit this temple is during the annual music festival which is held during the winter season in the month of December. Devoted to Goddess Durga, this temple is a must visit in case you desire to have some moments of solitude.
Rangla Punjab Haveli
One’s visit to the city of Jalandhar is incomplete, without experiencing the traditional culinary delights. Rangla Punjab Haveli is a famous traditional Punjabi themed village located on the Jalandhar Phagwara Highway. The resort is famous for its hospitality and typical Punjabi village- style ambience. The best time to visit the Haveli is during the weekends to relish the delicious food along with the pleasant folk music and dance performances. Rangla Punjab Haveli is full of people heading to and fro from Punjab, especially during winters.
Located at Gur Mandi the famous Shiv Mandir is nearby Imam Nasir Mausoleum. It dates back to the Lodhi Era. Built by the Nawab of Sultanpur Lodhi, the temple has a perfect blend of both Muslim and Hindu architecture, where you can find the main entrance in the style of a mosque, whereas the rest of the building is in the typical Hindu style. There are many religious places located around the temple viz Kartarpur Gurdwara, Devi Talab Mandir and Tulsi Mandir.
Pushpa Gujral Science City
This science city is a combined project of the Punjab Government and the Government of India. Spread in an area of 72 acres, Pushpa Gujral Science City lies in the middle of Punjab on the Jalandhar-Kapurthala Road. This science- themed amusement center is named after the mother of ex- Indian Prime minister I.K. Gujral. It has around 20 different science exhibits, a huge dinosaur model and a lake for boating. Various subject areas covered at the Science city includes health sciences, engineering, technology, energy, nuclear science, robotics, biotechnology, space, agriculture, physical and applied science, IT etc. Thus, this place is one of the best places to enjoy with your kids and family.
Wonderland Theme Park
It’s an amusement park spread over an area of 11 acres, having a variety of rides and water games for kids. Different water rides include horror house, play house, flying jets, kiddies’ boating, slide splash, flying dragon, bumper cars and much more. The other popular attractions include the Wave pool and Aqua dance floor. The aqua dance floor is underneath a canopy having artificial clouds from where the water falls like a rainfall. The water park is closed in winters, because of the extremely chilled climate.
It’s a famous temple dedicated to Vrinda, the wife of Jalandhara demon. The well -known ancient temple is one of the famous pilgrim spots. One can also find a cave temple devoted to goddess Annapurna and various other small shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva.
Imam Nasir Masjid
The 800- year old, Imam Nasir Mausoleum is a sacred dargah and is said to have been visited by one of the prominent Sufi saint Baba Farid. This beautiful piece of architecture is located in the centre of the city of Jalandhar. A 400- year old Jama Masjid is also located in its close proximity. Thus, both the mosques are the excellent examples of the ancient architecture and should be visited on your visit to Jalandhar.
Located near Devi Talab Mandir on Sodal Road, Sodal Mandir is devoted to Lord Sodal. Here, a fair is held every year at the time of Anand Chaturdashi. Thousands of devotees flock this place to seek baba’s blessings. The Samadhi of Baba Sodal is decorated with rosaries and garlands every day. The offerings are distributed among the pilgrims. Tank known as Sodal-da-Sarovar lies nearby Samadhi where pilgrims come to take a holy dip.
Being an old city with varied culture, the city of Jalandhar is a must-visit to experience the real roots of Punjab. Various eating outlets and temples located here make it a memorable Indian tourist destination.