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Jalandhar

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Best Time: October to March Read More

Ideal duration: 2-3 days

Nearest Airport: Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport, Amritsar Check Flights

"Sports Capital of India"

Jalandhar Tourism

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 Iman Nasir Mausoleum and Gurudwara Chhevin Padshahi which are popular tourists spots. 

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Local Culture of Jalandhar

Jalandhar allows its travellers to experience the best of Punjab’s culture through the variety of dance forms, handicrafts, festivals, architecture and in particular food. This ancient city had been ruled by numerous dynasties, each of which left a mark on the city’s unique culture. The stunning architecture of the various monuments in Jalandhar boast of Mughal influence.

Another significant aspect of the city’s culture is its delectable cuisine.Punjabis are often regarded as true foodies. There is no dearth of mouthwatering dishes anywhere in the city. The non-vegetarian varieties include a wide array of tandoori dishes while the vegetarians love the dal makhni and rumali roti.

Baisakhi and Lohri are the prominent festivals in this region. They are celebrated with utmost zeal and splendour. Any celebration is deemed incomplete without people dancing to the famous Bhangra beats. Punjabi is the most widely spoken language in Jalandhar. It is also the official language of the state. Hindi is also spoken and understood by a majority of the people.

History of Jalandhar

Jalandhar is an ancient city with a rich history. The city is believed to have been named after ‘Jalandhar’, a demon king. According to a second legend, Jalandhar served as the capital of the kingdom of Lava, Lord Ram’s son. Another version of a legend claims that the name ‘Jalandhar’ translates to ‘the area inside water’. It refers to the rivers of Sutlej and Beas. This ancient city went by the name of ‘Trigartta’ while under the rule of the Katoch dynasty.
According to recent archaeological explorations, Jalandhar was a part of the Indus Valley civilisation. The Khilafat Movement of the 1920s, supported by Mahatma Gandhi, had started in the then district of Jalandhar. The district was also declared as a ‘proclaimed area’ under the Seditious Meetings Act. Jalandhar was also affected by communal riots after the Independence of India. The extensive history associated with Jalandhar adds to its prominence, attracting travellers and history buffs.

Shopping in Jalandhar

Jalandhar is known as the Sports Capital of India and is also a world leader in the production of leather goods. Shopping in this ancient city is a delightful experience. The city offers so much variety that there is something for everybody. You can expect to purchase the right quality products at reasonable prices. Traditional clothes such as salwar suits and sarees are also quite fashionable here. Travellers can also expect to find several stores selling Punjabi Jutis (slippers) and even jewels. Stores selling branded jewellery are located at the Model Town Market while the local jewellers for non-branded items can be found at the Phoolan wala Chowk. Another speciality of this region is the exquisite handicrafts.

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1: Reach Jalandhar by morning. It is recommended to plan your travel such that you reach during the early hours, in order to avoid the peak traffic. Although, arriving early during the winter season might not be a good idea owing to the fog that impairs vision. Travellers can make a stop at one of the several highway dhabas for some early breakfast. Check in to your accommodation and freshen up. You can then set out to explore the ancient city. You can visit temples during the morning hours. The evening can be put aside for a walk through Nikku Park. For the night, you can go back to rest at the hotel or grab a drink at a bar.

Day 2: Dedicate this day to sightseeing activities. It is recommended to hire a private taxi to take you around. Imam Nasir Masjid and Jama Masjid are must-visit attractions for their spectacular architecture. Apart from that, you can include the Pushpa Gujral Science City, Shaheed-E-Azam Sardar Bhagat Singh Museum, Tulsi Mandir and Devi Talab Mandir among the places to visit today. Make sure to have some authentic Punjabi meals throughout your day.

Day 3: This day is optional. You can either choose to head back or to spend another day in the historic city. You can head to the Wonderland Theme Park and try out every slide and ride. Alternatively, you can choose to browse the local markets and shop to your heart’s content. You can hire a private taxi and ask the driver to show you some of the wholesale markets, leather stores and other famous shopping spots in the city.

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Holidify's Opinion

What's Great?

Jalandhar is known for its heritage, history, culture, pilgrimage, historic sites, adventure and delectable cuisine.

What's Not So Great?

What does not work for Jalandhar is the scorching heat during summers and pollution in general.

For Whom?

Jalandhar is a must-visit for history buffs and foodies. Anybody looking to immerse themselves into the vast heritage and culture of this ancient city will find plenty of sites and activities. The city is also famous for its food, especially the Punjabi cuisine.

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