Posted 20 July 2023 in Culture and Heritage

Everything you should do on your trip to Jalandhar in Punjab

Jalandhar is among the few unique cities that blend the ancient, mediaeval, and modern. Located in the northwestern Indian state of Punjab, Jalandhar draws your attention for more than one reason. First, its historical legacy which bears a close relation with the Harappan age. Second, the city has witnessed many upheavals during its long journey, braving the Delhi Sultanate, Mughals, and the British. 

Finally, it is a cradle of Punjabi heritage wherein culture and traditions will rub off on you amidst the commercial buzz. Let us explore why Jalandhar is worth a visit.

Read more - Fifteen Indian destinations you should explore if you love history

Jalandhar landmarks you cannot miss

You cannot have enough of this city that is located between two rivers, Satluj and Beas. Replete with monuments and shrines will leave you yearning for more. The beautiful city seeps into you, evoking varied emotions to pamper you with cherished memories beckoning a recall uniformly. You will find a good mix of landmarks representing its past. 

The not-to-be-missed curated attractions and some of the reasons why Jalandhar is worth a visit are:

1. Devi Talab Mandir Temple

The temple is one of the 51 Shakti Peethas, where thousands of devotees come to worship Sati in the form of Devi Durga. Central to the temple complex is a 200-year-old tank, where many come to take a holy dip. The tank’s backdrop is the serene yet majestic temple that has survived many invasions in the past. 

2. Jang-e-Azadi Memorial

The memorial reminds the present generation of Punjab’s historical contribution to the struggle through the ages, especially the freedom struggle. In addition, the memorial showcases the rich cultural heritage of the land and is a recently-added attraction. 

  • Time: You can visit the memorial from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m 

3. Gurudwara Talhan Sahib Ji

A significant attraction in Jalandhar is the annual fair remembering Shaheed Baba Nihal Singh, while the majestic and imposing white-marbled Gurudwara stands guard. Its serenity and calmness touch your soul to leave a lasting impression of peace.

4. Shaheed-e-Azam Museum

Punjab has been at the forefront of India’s freedom movement, undergoing many tribulations. Furthermore, the monument is a historical depiction of Punjabi’s fight for independence. In addition, you will find the museum a treasure trove of history and culture.

  • Time: Tour the museum between 10 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. 

5. Shiva Mandir

The architectural marvel showcases the gate in a different style, while the complex is matching the prevalent times. Today, the temple built in reverence to Lord Shiva, is one of Jalandhar’s significant attractions and one of the most respected places in the city.

  • Time: Visit the shrine between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m.

6. Tulsi Mandir

The ancient temple is dedicated to Vrinda, wife of the demon king Jalandhara. The adjacent tank is believed to be the king’s bathing place in olden times. The shrine is located in Kol Krisjhan Chand and is surrounded by many other temples in the vicinity. The Annapurna, Shiva, and Hanuman temples are nearby to visit. 

  • Time: Visit the temple between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m.

7. Kartarpur Gurudwara

The fifth Sikh Guru Arjan Dev established the Gurudwara in A.D. 1656, about 16 km from the city centre. The Gurudwara is popular for the fair that is held here to mark the birth anniversary of the Guru. 

  • Time: Visit between 5 a.m. and 11 p.m.

8. Jama Masjid Dargah Imam Nasir

It is believed that Sufi Saint Baba Farid visited and stayed in the beautifully crafted 800-year-old tomb. Its Mughal architecture, with exquisite mural designs and line drawings on its walls are stunning. The beauty comes to life during prominent festivals when it is illuminated. 

9. Pushpa Gujral Science City

The project is a joint venture between the Indian and Punjab governments, a testimony to the ever-evolving city. This modern structure, spread over 72 acres, covers every facet of human development to the latest scientific achievements. You can also indulge in a leisurely boat ride at the facility.

  • Time: Visit between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Jalandhar’s street food

The mention of food in Punjab conjures visions of lip-smacking, ghee-drenched potato parathas, and sarson da saag and makki di roti. Gourmet enthusiasts will find Jalandhar’s street food a major reason to visit Jalandhar.Here are some dishes you must try when here. 

  • Jalebis
  • Gol Gappe
  • Samosa
  • Chhole Bhature
  • Butter Chicken
  • Tandoori Chicken
  • Lassi

Read more - 10 Punjabi delicacies to try if you want to relish the flavours of the Pind

Piece de resistance – Rangla Punjab

Jalandhar’s Rangla Punjab epitomises authentic Punjabi culture in every hue for you to absorb conventionally. The themed village helps you immerse in the unadulterated Punjabi “pind” lifestyle and travel back in time to revisit the golden era. It is a one-stop destination in Jalandhar to indulge and soak in activities for a lifetime of cherished memories.

  • Gidha Bhangra: You will be drawn to performances of bursts of energy in bhangra and the graceful gidda version of claps. 
  • Puppet Show: The Puppet’s dance moves are sheer grace to the eyes. It will excite you yet compel you to remain enthralled through the performance of skilled artists. 
  • Magic Show: You are sure to be ported to the world of illusion and wonders of tricks. The show is far from grand, but enough to leave you gaping in awe at the edge. 
  • Pottery Making: As you deftly shape the soft clay into creative objects, your senses soar as much as their beauty. You fathom what artistic pursuits creating pottery items are. The experience is true bliss as you witness your efforts applauded. 
  • Khoo Diya Tinda: You travel back in time gazing at the masterpiece sculptures depicting life in a village. The “pind” lifestyle in various spectrums comes alive in the lady’s daily chores and mundane household routines. 
  • Haar-Shringar di Hatti: Shop for traditional artefacts and a colourful array of souvenirs to carry little Punjab with you on return. The souvenirs and mementoes are worthy keepsakes and gifts for your loved ones back home. 
  • Punjab da Julaha: The captivating portrayal of Punjab’s life in traditional activities is scattered throughout the resort. 
  • Palm Reading: If you wish to know what the future foretells and learn a bit about your past, then Pandit Kali Charan is at hand. The palmist and astrologer will leave you wiser for the effort with his palm reading skills. 
  • Bhaand: The traditional performing artists excel in tickling your funny bones for laughter riot through their storytelling and dialogues. An inspiring experience to lift the gloom. 
  • Dining: Round off the Rangla Punjab, experience authentic Punjabi flavours in the traditional restaurants serving an eclectic fare. Waiters in traditional attire of the land serve you dishes synonymous with Punjabi cuisine for a deserving encore. 

Essential information:

  • Location: Haveli on Jalandhar Phagwara Highway
  • Time: 12 to 4:30 pm and 6:30 to 11:30 pm
  • Pocket Pinch: Rs. 600 

Jalandhar Travel Tips

Jalandhar is a city of contrasts. Visitors to the city must remember a few points to make the vacation memorable. 

  • Best time to travel: October to March
  • Languages spoken: Punjabi, Hindi, and English
  • Local Transport: Cycle rickshaw, auto-rickshaw, cabs, and bus
  • Shopping: Jalandhar is famous for its sports goods, and traditional Punjabi attire of salwar suits, sarees, jutis and jewels. 
  • Accommodation: You can choose from the budget, mid-range, or luxury stays, according to your taste and resources. 

How to reach?

  • By road: The city supports one of the largest networks of bus services connecting all the nearby cities. You will spoilt for choice for services rendered by state and private buses. 
  • By rail: Jalandhar Railway Station lies on the Delhi-Amritsar link connecting the city to all corners. Several express trains ply on the route for easy travel options.
  • By air: The nearest air hub to Jalandhar is in Amritsar, 75 km away, connecting every domestic destination, besides a few international destinations. The Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport is served by many airlines like IndiGo, which is instrumental in putting Jalandhar on the air map through Amritsar. However, the airbase at Adampur,, adjacent to the city, permits limited air services.

Climate/Best time to visit

Winters are short and cool, and the summers are long and hot. The monsoon season is from July till August. Despite the temperature fluctuating between summers and winters, visitors will find the months from October to March to be the most conducive for a visit to Jalandhar. 

Final Words

A trip to Jalandhar is exciting as it mixes everything Punjab stands for. The city is known for its historical monuments and rich cultural heritage. The commercial hub is a leader in sports goods and leather products. However, your visit to Jalandhar is incomplete without savouring the mouth-watering traditional Punjabi delicacies. In addition, you cannot miss out on the warmth of the people and the energy of the place. 

Related travel blogs

2000+ Daily flights
80+ Domestic Destinations
30+ International Destinations
500 Mn+ happy passengers
300+ Fleet tall