Tourist Attractions in Jalandhar
Jalandhar has a rich tradition, which makes it one of the most popularly visited places in Punjab. It abounds in historic monuments like the Mausoleum of Imam Nasir, Phillaur Fort, Shiv Mandir, Devi Talab Mandir, Nakodazr Tombs, etc. With this article, explore the tourist places in Jalandhar, in detail.
Places To See In JalandharDevi Talab Mandir
The famous Devi Talab Temple is situated in the heart of Jalandhar city, just 1 km from the railway station. It is believed to be more than 200 years old. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Durga and is one of the 51 Shakthi pithas in India. The image of Lord Shiva that is enshrined herein is called Bhisan Bhairav. Devi Talab Temple has been renovated recently and a number of changes have been made to the old structure.
St Mary's Cathedral Church
St. Mary's Cathedral Church is one of the famous religious as well as tourist places in Jalandhar. The Old Church was constructed by Rev. Fr. John Macodnnel in 1947, in the memory of St. Patrick. In 1955, the Catholic Mission of the Indian Punjab was raised to the status of Apostolic Prefecture, with its headquarter at Jalandhar. The church in the city subsequently became the Cathedral or the Mother Church of Punjab.
The famous Shiv Mandir in Jalandhar is located at Gur Mandi, near Imam Nasir Mausoleum. It dates back to the Lodhi Era. It is believed to have been built by the Nawab of Sultanpur Lodhi. The temple comes across as a beautiful blend of Muslim and Hindu architecture, where you can find the main gate in the style of a mosque, while the rest of the building in the Hindu style.
Sodal Temple is situated near Devi Talab Temple, on Sodal road. Here, Lord Sodal is worshipped in the Temple. Every year in Anand Chaturdashi of Bhadon, which is in mid-September, a fair is held at the Samadhi of Baba Sodal. Inside the samadhi, there is a painted portrait of Baba Sodal, decorated with garlands and rosaries. The offerings are distributed among the pilgrims and they sprinkle a few drops on their body.
Imam Nasir Mausoleum and Jamma Masjid
Imam Nasir Mausoleum is an 800-year-old beautifully designed piece of architecture, which is located in the heart of Jalandhar. There is a 400-years old Jama Masjid, located close to the Imam Nasir Mausoleum.
Gurdwara Chhevin Padshahi
Gurudwara Chhevin Padshahi is built in the spot where Guru Hargobind, during his tour of Daob area, had a spiritual talk with the holy Muslim saint, Shaikh Darvesh. Located in Basti Shaikh, the gurdwara contains handwritten copy of Sri Guru Granth Sahib, by the martyr Baba Deep Singh, prepared somewhere between 1715 and 1728.
Tulsi Mandir is an ancient monument in the Jalandhar city. It is the temple of Vrinda, wife of Jalandhara and is located in the Kot Kishan Chand locality. It has a tank, which is said to be the bathing place of the Demons.
Desh-Bhagat Memorial Hall
As the name suggests, Desh-Bhagat Memorial Hall preserves the memory of martyrs who lost their lives in the freedom fight against the colonial rule.
Wonderland Theme Park is an amusement water park with a variety of water games and land rides. It is spread over an area of 11 acres and is located around 6 km away from the Jalandhar Bus terminus. The major water rides of the park include bumper cars, flying jets, horror house, boating, kiddies’ boating, playhouse and flying dragon. Wave pool and aqua dance floor are other popular attractions. The main park remains open from 9 am to 10 pm, whereas the water park is open from 12 pm to 8 pm. In winters, the water park is closed, owing to the extreme chilly water during this season.
Pushpa Gujral Science City
Pushpa Gujral 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.The main objective of this project are:
- To create awareness of science in the community.
- To develop an interactive learning center through a playful approach.
- To present the marvels of science & technology for public appreciation and understanding.
- To supplement Formal Education at grass root level.
- To instill a spirit of Enquiry in the young minds.
A few other places worth mentioning are Nathan-Di-Bagichi, Darbar Muhammad Jamal Zahra (in Basti Sheikh), Baba Jhandiawala (in Basti Nau), Shrines of Baba Lakki Shah Pir and Dargah Pir Hazi Shah Qutab.