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Jalandhar: Eat And Shop Till You Drop

''Drive into nearby villages to see peculiar construction of football, eagle and plane on terraces''

It’s a fun filled city with something for everyone in store. The city is known for its rich cultural heritage, traditional values and historical monuments like forts, tombs and temples. Take a day or two out and try and cover as many. The city which was earlier referred to as Prasthala and as Jullundur at the time of British Raj is also a shopping Mecca with variety in handicrafts, handlooms, leather, jewellery and sports products. Eating is fun and variety is enormous when it comes to Punjab. From delicious kulcha chole, makki di roti and sarson saag, kulfi and faluda rabri to mouthwatering lassi, nothing can beat savouries of this city. Drive into nearby villages to see peculiar construction of football, eagle and plane on terraces of houses symbolising some foreign nation.

LOCATION : Jalandhar is located in the state of Punjab.

GOING AROUND THE CITY : Jalandhar is more than just shopping and eating. Here are few places one can explore when on a visit to this city.

Imam Nasir Mausoleum and Jamma Masjid : The 800-year old beautifully built mausoleum of Imam Nasir is located in the heart of Jalandhar. There is a 400-yeard old Jama Masjid located close to the Imam Nasir Mausoleum.

Dargah of Baba Murad Shah : Located at Nakodar and about 24 kms from the Jalandhar city is this dargah of Baba Murad Shah Ji. Hundreds of people visit this sufi paradise every day with a hope to have their wishes fulfilled. The tomb is built in a Muslim structural way and photographs of Baba Murad Shah Ji are kept at a couple of places inside the dargah. Some very renowned Punjabi singers give spiritual performances here. The place is very calm and actually gives one peace of mind.

Devi Talab Mandir : This is one of the famous temples situated in the heart of Jalandhar city. It’s believed to be over 200 years old. The main temple enclosed by pond is dedicated to Goddess Durga and is one of the 51 Shakthi pithas in India known as Tripurmalini. There’s enough seating space inside the temple. The image of Lord Shiva that is enshrined herein is called Bhisan Bhairav. There’s also an old Temple of Goddess Kali in the premises, which is again a must visit. One of the prime attractions of the temple is an old pond, which is considered to be sacred by the Hindu devotees. The temple has a structure resembling the Amarnath Cave temple in Jammu and Kashmir. Walk inside the cave in waters and you will get the feel of Amarnath. Accomodation is also available within the complex at affordable rate. It’s a perfect place to rejuvenate mind and soul.

Pushpa Gujral Science City : It is located on Jalandhar-Kapurthala Road. Lot of hard work seems to have gone into building this city. The campus is huge and need atleast 5-6 hours to see the place at ease. Is a must visit for all school going kids. For adults the stuff kept there and information provided may seem a bit amateur. In order to render practical experience, different shows are organised during the day to help understand science better.

For instance science documentaries are run in SPACE THEATRE, which has semi-circular giant dome screens produce huge images that soar and swoop above, beside and behind you to fully surround you giving a spectacular experience.

Also experience, the night skies, and to get a guided tour through the planets, constellations, and their enchanting dance through the seasons at DIGITAL PLANETARIUM.

LASER THEATRE: Laser show provides means of understanding the use of lasers in the field of scientific entertainment.

VIRTUAL 3D THEATRE: The Light-speed 3D Digital Theatre is a ground breaking new approach to capturing the imagination of today's media savy science city visitors.

FLIGHT SIMULATOR: The visitors get a fantastic real life experience as if zooming through the stars in an alien universe, making death defying leaps across chasms or burning the formula one track in your racing car or moving upside down as in a roller coaster.

EARTHQUAKE SIMULATOR: 30-seater Flight Simulator provides visitors a with the realistic experience of being in an earthquake.

DINOSAUR PARK: It shows the Evolution of dinosaurs on earth and also some of the probable reasons of their extinction. Good fun for kids.

Rangla Punjab Haveli : It is a true representation of an age-old Punjabi Village and culture. The décor of the place takes you back in the olden times and gives a picture of things and articles used then in villages. Various sculptures of Punjabis engaged in different acts like weaving, dancing, playing marbles, fetching water etc. are displayed here. Evenings are electrified with live bhangra-gidda performances and street plays. There are numerous activities viz. Puppetry, Magic show, Pottery, astrology, bioscope, camel-rides & horse-rides to keep the guests captivated. Also, don’t forget to grab a bite of some authentic Punjabi cuisines. Avoid going on weekends as it is too crowded and one has to wait to fetch a table.

Wonderland : Beat the heat by visiting this amusement park located in the outskirts of Jalandhar. Good fun if you want a change from regular mall visits. It’s a fun place for rides lover. Don’t expect too many water slides. The place is neat and clean. Spend a full day here to make the most out of it.

Prithvi's Planet : An indoor entertainment hub, where the whole family can enjoy and have fun. There’s a bar lounge cum restaurant where one can enjoy drink followed by some good food. Children can have fun by playing different types of video games or play pool tables. Don’t forget to try hands on the six lane bowling alley.

Other popular attractions include Prominent among them are the fort at Phillaur, Shiv Mandir, Tombs at Nakodar, Sarai at Nurmahal, Gurudwara at Katarpur.

BEST TIME : The best time would be winters when getting out and exploring the city is most comfortable. In fact,the very famous "Harballabh Sangeet Sammelan” is organized every year in the month of December to pay tribute to the famous saint Swami Harballabh. So, one can be a part of it. Summers are way to humid and hot. Monsoons are ideal too when the city is draped in green.

The Amritsar airport is the nearest airport to Jalandhar. The city is about 90kms from the Amritsar, which can be covered by road in a cab or taxi.

By Road:
Buses ply frequently on Delhi-Jalandhar route. One can even drive taking the national highway via Karnal and Ambala.

By Train:
Jalandhar has a railway junction and train connectivity is good too.

FOOD : •For ice-creams and Kulfi at Pahwa Restaurant
•Amritsari Nutri Kulcha is too a must try
•Narayan Samosa near Luv Kush Chowk
•Puris Chana and Halwa Kat Lamba at Jaggu Chowk
•Khuarana Food Court and Restaurant
•Chana Kulcha at Dina Nath opposite DAV college
•Rangla Punjab Haveli for some authentic Punjabi food

SHOP : Sports material and goods are manufactured in Jalandhar in large quantities and also exported to various countries. So if looking for some good quality sports products at reasonable rates, shop here. There’s a dedicated market for sports goods in the city. Just ask any localite for the best shops.

Jalandhar is famous for leather items too. Lotus Bawa is a known group selling men and women leather footwear in the city. The group has been selling products in India since 1950 and exports quality shoes across Northern India. They also manufacture and supply footwear to some of the reputed international brands in India. There stores are located in the city with women range starting from Rs 1,200 and men Rs 2,000.

Typical traditional items like phulkaris and jootis are widely available across markets of Jalandhar. Other items that can be shopped include handlooms, utensils, quilts and blankets, textile, jewellery and furniture. Take a look at Prince Glass Store, Taj Handicrafts, Loveleen Handicrafts, Oriental Crafts, Janta Textiles and Handicrafts, Jaina Crafts and Pacca Bagh for some handicrafts.

Mall culture has creeped into the Jalandhar market as well. The global retailer Metro too has opened its wholesale store in the city. Head straight to the Rainik Bazaar for woollens and books and the Model Town Market is also worth exploring. Also, Get amazing deals on electronics at Phagwara Gate market.

Source / Review By : Pramugdha Mamgain Nautiyal

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