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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.
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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Jalandhar is known for its heritage, history, culture, pilgrimage, historic sites, adventure and delectable cuisine.
What does not work for Jalandhar is the scorching heat during summers and pollution in general.
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.