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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What are the popular places to explore around Jalandhar?

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Exploring the areas surrounding Jalandhar means exploring it’s history. The museums, mausoleums and structures are all gems of the past that still remain scattered around the area. Explore them before the winds of change sweep them away.

  • Shaheed-E-Azam Sardar Bhagat Museum

Rewind history at the Shaheed-E-Azam Sardar Bhagat Museum. Marking the 50th death anniversary of the Indian hero Bhagat Singh, this museum was built in his native place - Khatkar Kalan. At a distance of 55 kilometres from Jalandhar, this is your chance to glance through the assets and personal belongings of the martyr who didn’t think twice before laying down his life for the nation. A look at his notes and scribbles, the judgement copy of the Lahore conspiracy case, his books and diary is the perfect way to get an insight into his thought process. Please note that you won’t be allowed to take photographs inside.

You can take a local train to Phagwara which is only 30 kms away or hire a cab.

Entry: Free

Timings: 10 am to 5 pm (closed on mondays and Gazetted holidays)

Address: Khatkar Kalan



  • Moorish Mosque

About 21 km from Jalandhar, on the way towards Kapurthala, stands the beautiful Moorish Mosque. Built in 1930, Jagatjit Singh, the Maharaja of Kapurthala built this. He was assisted by the French architect Manteaux. The most striking feature of Moorish architecture is the arches but you can’t miss the designs on the inner dome. The artists of Mayo School of Arts Lahore have displayed an excellent talent show here. This Moorish Mosque is said to look like the Quthbiya Mosque in Morocco.

Address:  Jalandhar-Kapurthala Road



  • Mausoleums of Ustad and Shagird

Half an hour’s drive from Jalandhar is a marvellous and detailed piece of architecture, these are two mausoleums of Ustad Muhammed Husseini the a tambura player under Khan-I-Khanan and his student Haji Jamal. The structures date back to as long as the 17th century. Arches, domes, tile work, marble work (lost now) - this is a typical mughal piece of architecture. You’ll also find the shrine of Bahadur Khan here. the signs of age have already started to set in on this monument but its still remains one of the most detailed and classic works of the Mughal era.

Address: Nakodar




  • Pushpa Gujral Science City

Covering an area of 72 acres, Pushpa Gujral Science City is the second largest science city in India. Pushpa Gujral is the name of I K Gujral’s (former Indian Prime Minister) mother. This science city provides a creative combo of fun and facts for people of all age groups. The gigantic dinosaur model, GSLV missile,  structure of 26 lakh tiles are among the highlights here. Plus, there is a lake for peddling and joy rides for kids.It’s perhaps the place to spend some fun moments with kids.

Address: Jalandhar-Kapurthala Road



  • Serai Nurmahal

The mastermind behind this unique structure is none other than Jahangir’s wife - Nur Jahan. The main quadrangle has more than 120 cells, two storeyed pavilions and a mosque inside it. Intricate carvings, gorgeous sculptures, magnificent arches and low railings. It is believed that this structure was built by the Maratha brothers. This elaborate structure is maintained by the Archeological Survey of India and is at a short drive of about 30-40 mins from Jalandhar.

Address: Near Jalandhar



There are also two ancient sites - Theh Ghatti and Katpalon that you could visit. Then, there is a Mughal bridge and Dakhni Sarai on the Nakodar-Kapurthala Road, that you could glance through as well.

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