Jalandhar is an ancient city in the north Indian state of Punjab. It’s home to Devi Talab Mandir, a centuries-old Hindu temple dedicated to the goddess Durga, with a tank considered sacred by devotees. The whitewashed Gurdwara Chhevin Patshahi is a place of worship for Sikhs.
Rangla Punjab Haveli
Rangla Punjab Haveli is a traditional Punjabi village themed resort on the Jalandhar Phagwara Highway. This resort has the ambience of a lost Punjabi village and the waiters are dressed in tehmat-kurtas and phulkari jackets.
It has a marriage palace and an enclosure called Rangla Punjab, where cultural programmes are organised every evening. This new age dhaba with a flavour of old Punjab is a completely vegetarian resort run by the Jains of Jalandhar.
From an exterior of Nanakshahi bricks to a collection of antique artefacts, the place evokes the old world charm, with folk music playing in the background. This eatery is thronged by people heading to and from Punjab, especially during winters. Dal tadka, karahi paneer and kheer are its top-selling all-season delicacies. In winters, sarson da saag and makki di roti is the most favourite dish.
Wonderland Theme Park
Wonderland Theme Park, spread over 11 acres, is located about 6 km from Jalandhar bus terminus and 8 km from the railway station on Nakodar Road. This park offers many thrilling rides.
The water rides include bumper cars, flying jets, horror house, boating, kiddies' boating, play house, flying dragon and a slide splash. Among the several attractions, the wave pool is probably the most popular.
There is an aqua dance floor, where visitors can dance to the tunes of the latest Punjabi songs. The dance floor is underneath a canopy, which has artificial clouds from where the water comes down like a rainfall. The Dry Park is open throughout the year, but the Water Park is closed during winters.
Devi Talab Mandir
Devi Talab Mandir is located in the heart of Jalandhar, just 1 km away from the railway station. In place of the old Devi Talab a new temple has been built in the centre. Recently a model of Amarnath Yatra has been built within the premises. Near the Devi Talab, one can find an old temple of Goddess Kali.
In the past, the mandir was invaded by several foreign rulers. It is one of the fifty one Shakti Peeths and it is believed that Mata Sati's right breast fell here. In Jalandhar, Goddess Kali is also known as Tripurmalini. Lord Shiva of this temple is known as Bhishan Bhairav.
This mandir is famous for the Harivallabh Sangeet Sammelan held every year in the month of December. In Devi Talab Mandir, there is a 200 year old large masonry tank which is considered sacred by Hindus.
Pushpa Gujral Science City
Pushpa Gujral Science City is a joint project of the Government of India and Punjab Government. It has been set up in 72 acres of land in the heart of Punjab, on the Jalandhar-Kapurthala Road.
The subject areas covered here include physical, applied, natural and social sciences, engineering, technology, agriculture, health sciences, energy, industries as well as human evolution and civilisation. Environment, ecosystems, Jurassic park, space, nuclear science, information technology, robotics and bio-technology are other subjects covered at the Science City.
Sodal Mandir is situated the near Devi Talab Mandir on Sodal Road. Baba Sodal was born in a family of the Chadha clan of the Khatri caste in Jalandhar city. It is said that one day, Baba Sodal’s mother went to the nearby pond to wash clothes and Baba Sodal followed her despite being told repeatedly not to do so and go back home.
Losing her temper, Baba Sodal's mother asked him to drown himself in the pond. Sodal asked her to repeat her words three times and as she did, he plunged into the water never to appear again. Some believe that he died on the spot, whereas some trust that he transformed into a snake and bored himself inside the earth.
The Samadhi consisting of a painted portrait of Baba Sodal decorated with garland and rosaries is the main place of worship. There is a tank called Baba Sodal-da-Sarovar where pilgrims take a holy dip.