Places To Visit in Jalandhar
Imam Nasir Mausoleum and Jamma Masjid: The 800 year old beautifully designed mausoleum of Imam Nasir is located in the heart of Jalandhar. The Jama Masjid nearby is said to be 400 years old. King Kulfi, one of Jalandhar's best Kulfi place used to be near Imam Nasir. Their Kulfi has a special taste as I have tasted it during childhood.
Devi Talab Mandir: is located about one km from the railway station. The old Devi Talab has been renovated and in its centre, a new temple has been built. Recently a model of Amarnath Yatra has been built in the premises. An old temple of goddess Kali also stands by the side of the Devi Talab. The gilded Mandir is famous for the 'Hariballabh Sangeet Sammelan' held every year in December at its precincts for the past 125 years
Shiv Mandhir: The temple situated at Gur Mandi near Imam Nasir mausoleum dates back to the Lodhi Era. Believed to be built by the Nawab of Sultanpur Lodhi, the mandir is a blend of Muslim Hindu architecture. History also shows that it was built by a Muslim ruler as an apology for dishonoring a Hindu girl. The main gate is built in the style of a mosque while the rest of the building is in Hindu style. There is a legend that when Jalandhar was Nawabs territory, he had eyed a newly married Hindu girl who was a devotee of Lord Shiva .
Sodal Mandir : Thousands of devotees throng this temple during 'Anand Chaturdashi' in September. The child Deity here is believed to grant wishes of devotees .
Tulsi Mandir: Earlier known as Temple of Vrinda, is an ancient monument in the city located in the Kot Kishan Chand locality. It was built in honor of Vrinda, wife of the demon Jalandhara. The tank on the side of the temple is said to have been the bathing place of Jalandhara
Shaheed-E-Azam Sardar Bhagat Museum, Khatkar Kalan: A museum at Khatkal Kalan, the native village of the great Martyr Sardar Bhagat Singh, was inaugurated on his 50th death anniversary. It was earlier in Jalandhar district, now became part of Nawanshahr district. To pay homage to the great revolutionary martyrs of the Punjab , who laid down their lives for the liberation of their motherland, all their memorable belongings are displayed here.
Company Bagh: Known as Nehru Garden, near Nehru Garden Chowk, used to be a place where people used to sit in the evening & enjoy the lush green lawns, especially in the evening during summer days to stay away from the scorching heat. Company Bagh ( East India Company ), Queen's Garden ( after 1858 ) and Nehru Garden ( after Independence ) Company Bagh's shady trees have been replaced by various cemented structures now.
Niku Park: Once had a lovely ambiance long time ago has regained its stature as cheap nature garden or a mini amusment park. For a nearly Rs2/- per person as entry fee (also Rs2/- for scooter parking, if you would want to park it inside) you will enjoy large open space, some beautiful fountains, candy/popcorn stall, five or six rides like cups and saucers, roller coaster etc, children's train, caterpillar etc (Rs10/- per ride/popcorn/candy). It is easily accessible, being in one of the most active colonies of Jalandhar-Model Town. Expect calm soothing environment and more, you could sit quietly on the grass or scream on the roller coaster. Since adjacent to Model Town(MT) market, going for some shopping, eating Gole Gapee/Pani Puri, Bhel Puri & just for gheri is no problem. Do visit Model Town market, if you visit Niku Park. Parkesh Bakery in MT market is the right place for buying snacks, cakes, gifts & soft drinks. During good old days, there used to be a manual machine installed on the counter of the bakery, where the sales person will slice the bread loaf for you & pack it giving a nice, fresh look of the bread. If you would like to see community, sundays are the best days to go. Besides these, Prithviís Planet Bowling Alley is another place to visit.
Rangla Punjab Haveli: A traditional Punjabi village themed resort. Haveli, a traditional Punjabi restaurant on the G.T. Road, Jalandhar-Phagwara Highway, a wayside eating resort off Jalandhar.The resort that came up a few years ago, close to the popular Lucky Dhaba, has clicked like anything. It offers the ambience of a lost Punjabi village with a truck interior very much a part of the interior and waiters togged in tehmat-kurtas and phulkari jackets. Now it has grown to add a marriage palace and an enlosure called Rangla Punjab, which has a cultural programme every evening. Many wayside resorts are trying to go the Haveli way but this place, run by Jains of Jalandhar, remains unparalleled in success. The only thing that is not to be found here is non-vegetarian fare but people still come out in large numbers to Haveli. It's a new-age dhaba with a heady flavour of bygone Punjab. Haveli, a traditional Punjabi restaurant on the Grand Trunk Road near Jalandhar, has redefined roadside eating by a delectable blend of Punjabi cuisine and culture. Making it a clean break from the dust-and-flies fixture of the highway dhabas, this 23-acre food plaza offers ethnic food in a folk-laced ambience imbued with neatness and nostalgia. Haveli spawned a couple of copycats with "Haveli" suffix in Punjab and Haryana. On average, this 24x7 eatery attracts 5,000 to 8,000 customers every day per one of their employee. The high turnover makes Haveli's gastronomical delights easy on the pocket. Haveli's USP is its ethnic look. From an exterior of "Nanakshahi" bricks to a bevy of antique artifacts, the place evokes the old world charm. Even the music is distinctly folk. Not surprisingly, it has become a must-stop eatery for the NRIs heading to or from Punjab in winters. While Haveli has expanded into a one-stop food plaza, Rangla Punjab, its entry-on-coupon eatery, takes the cake. Haveli has an all-vegetarian menu of Punjabi food cooked in desi ghee (clarified butter). Dal Tadka, Karahi Paneer and Kheer are its top-selling all-season delicacies. In winters, Saron Da Saag and Makki Di Roti (Punjabi village winter speciality) is the most favourite dish. Saron Da Saag & other eateries offered in Haveli are specially mentioned in one of the famous Punjabi/Bollowood Singer Gurdas Mann's song (Apna Punjab Hove...Ghar Di Sharaab Hove... Mooli Naal Gandha Hove...Baan Wala Manja Hove... Ho Manje Ute Baitha JAT Oye Banea Nawaab Hove... Apna Punjab Hove...Ghar Di Sharaab Hove... Apna Punjab..........Apna Punjab..... Saron De Saag Vich Main Gheo Hi Gheo Pai Jaavan.. Makki Diyan Rotiaan Nu Bina Gine Khai Jaavan.. Khoo Te Jaa K Ganne Choopan.... Apna Punjab Hove...Ghar Di Sharaab Hove... Apna Punjab..........Apna Punjab.....). One finds many of the items listed in Gurdas Mann's song in Haveli restaurant except Sharaab (so far I know).
Every evening, the place reverberates with folk songs and dances, keeping Haveli's cash registers ringing. Somone in our family who works for an exporter in India, accompanied their foreign clients more than 50 times to this place though I visited it once only.
St Mary's Cathedral Church ( Jalandhar Cantt): The old church dedicated to St. Patrick was built by Rev. Fr. John Macodnnel, Q.F.M.CAP of the Vicariate Apostolic of Agra, in 1947 at the same site of new church since 1886. It was looked after by various chaplains appointed to Jalandhar from the Diocese of Lahore.
Gurdwara Chhevin Padshahi: Guru Hargobind, the sixth Guru of the Sikhs visited the city of Jalandhar during his tour of Doaba area. Gurdwara Chhevin Padshahi in Basti Shaikh, Jalandhar city, stands on the spot where Guruji granted interview to a Muslim holy saint popularly known as Shaikh Darvesh. The saint blindfolded his eyes so that he could swear before the Mughal authorities that he had not seen the Guru.
Pushpa Gujral Science City : Science City is being built with its aim of learning, fun & amusement out of Science for people of all ages & all walks of life. It will arouse creativity in young minds, help in building a scientific temper in the state. The project will be dynamic in its concept, as to adapt to the rapidly developing modern technology to the main objective of this project are: To create awareness of science in the community etc. Pushpa Gujral Science City has been given a project by AIDS Control Society, Punjab to spread awareness about AIDS amongst youth.It is a joint project of the Government of India and Government of Punjab.The foundation stone of the Science City was laid down by former Prime Minister Sh. I. K. Gujral on October 17, 1997.
Wonder Land: Wonderland Theme Park is an amusement water park with water games and water rides. The Park spreads over 11 acres with many hrilling rides offering healthy entertainment to all age groups. The park is located about 6 kms from Jalandhar Bus terminus and 8 kms from the Railway Station on Nakodar Road . The water rides includes bumper cars, flying jets, horror house, boating, kiddies' boating, play house, flying dragon and a slide splash.
Singh Sabha Gurdwara-Model Town: This Gurdwara came into existence back in early 1950's as a Sikh worship place & expanded to a huge building afterwards. Sikh festivals are occasions for Sikhs to rededicate themselves to the Faith. Every year, large number of devotees from all walks of life celebrate major Sikh festivals like Gurupurab (Guru's Remembrance Day), Baisakhi, Diwali and other important days together at this Gurdwara. S. Chanan Singh was the first President of this Gurdwara, who with the help of other Sikh families like S.Kundan Singh Sandhu started this Gurdwara. A few other individulas who participated in bringing this Gurudwara to a well known Sikh worship place are Giani Shadi Singh, S. Kishan Singh Mann, S.Deva Singh Sethi, S.Gursher Singh Gill. During early days of this Gurdwara, S.Chanan Singh took Initiative in bringing up Khalsa School, Model Town, which is still in the adjoining building to this Gurdwara, also known as Sikh National Co-educational Middle School.
Geeta/Gita Mandir: This Mandir is situated in Model Town, close to Nikku Park. Not sure about its history but this Mandir has been at the same place since 1960's. Large number of devotees pay obeisance at the Geeta Mandir in Model Town on the occasion of Janmashtami in Jalandhar. If you are going to Nikku Park, do not miss visiting Model Town Gurudwara & Geeta Mandir.
Source: (Various Websites, Personal Information, Books)