Jalandhar is ancient city of Punjab nestled between twin Rivers – Beas and Sutlej. History of the city dates back to the ancient days of Mahabharata when the city was known as Prasthala then. It also was a part of Indus valley civilization. The city was place for many yogis and saints. In 7th Century Chinese traveller and pilgrim Huen Tsang visited India during the reign of Harsha Vardhana and wrote a length in praise of this place. The city is named after the demon king Jalandhar who lived inside the water. Jalandhar is the oldest surviving city of Punjab.
The city witnesses four seasons, summers starts from mid of March to June with scorching heat and heat waves making the atmosphere dry and less humid. Monsoon season starts from the June end till mid of September has heavy down pours making the temperature low and humidity high. Post Monsoon season from mid of September to mid of November with low temperature. Winter season from November to mid of March is witnessed by cold waves with temperature dropping down to 6°C.
Jalandhar has many attractive places to visit:
- Imam Nasir Mausoleum and Jama Masjid
- Devi Talab Mandir
- Shiv Mandir
- Sodal Mandir
- Tulsi Mandir
- Shaheed –E-Azam Sardar Bhagat Museum
- Company Bagh
- Niku Park
- Rangla Punjab Haveli
- St. Mary Cathedral Church
- Wonder Land
- Gurudwara Chhevin Padshahi
The cultural and traditions of Jalandhar unravels in its fairs and festivals. Among the most important festival Baisakhi is the important festival celebrated showcases the founding of Khalsa by the Sikh Guru Gobind Singh. The fairs Bada Sodal and Harballah Sangeet Sammelan epitomise the culture of the city and the later is good platform unravelling the musical heritage.
Jalandhar is perfect podium for shopping with plethora of things right from traditional art and handicrafts items to international branded ones. The city has in its ambience something or the other for everybody. One can stuff the shopping bags with kitchen household utensils, leather items, Quilts, blankets, textiles, jewellery, sports goods, furniture etc. Leather is speciality of the city as city is the world leader in the leather production. It has ever growing sport goods manufacturing industry which lures the sports lovers to buy sport related stuff.
The city unravels Punjabi love for food. The tandoori cooking is most popular cuisine has gathered accolades all over. Great amount of ghee and butter is used in almost all the food cooked here. Stuffed parantha, Sarson da Saag, Makke di roti, Tandoori food and milk products are savoured with great delight in this city. The city has umpteen number of eating joints dishing out Continental, Italian, Chinese food. Dhaba culture is also common and famous in the city.
Stay options is not an issue in Jalandhar. The city has range of options based on your needs and budget. One can corner from Economical hotels, Budget and the luxurious hotels based on their hue.
Jalandhar is vital city of Punjab and is hub of sports goods. Many eminent sports personalities of India get their sports equipments from this city.