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Punjab: Jalandhar and Kapurthala - A Tourist's Guide
Jalandhar, about 80 km away from Amritsar, is an ancient Indian city of Punjab. It was once the capital of a Hindu emperor. All the historical evidences which used to uphold the cultural and traditional memories of the city, however, had been destroyed hardheartedly by the Muhammad of Ghazani.
Covering 20 square km of lands, Jalandhar, is famously known today for manufacturing various sports items. Even though Indian football team has never reached to the finals of world cup, but the football which was used during the matches of 2002 world cup were manufactures by Meyer and Company Jalandhar.
The head quarter of Punjab Police is there and is operating from Jalandhar.
Jalandhar is not a bright spot in the tourists’ map of India. But, the holiday makers who travel to Amritsar and Jammu travel through Jalandhar. Some of the sought after tourists’ destinations of Jalandhar are Sarai (1857), Cantonment at the south- eastern side of the city (1846), Jami Masjid (mosque), Shrine of Imam Nasir and Devi Talao or Sarovar. Devi Talao or Sarovar is accessed by innumerable Hindu pilgrimage every year.
How to reach Jalandhar: Jalandhar is accessible by train from Amritsar, Jammu, Kolkata and many more Indian destinations. City dwellers travel to their desired destination availing trains both from Jalandhar Cant and Jalandhar City railway stations. Plenty of tourists and inhabitants move to various places around from Jalandhar by bus. Buses are regularly plying to Jalandhar from Amritsar, Hoshiarpur, Firozpur, Ludhiana, Pathankot, Jammu, Katra, Chandigarh and many more spots of North India.
Where to stay at Jalandhar: Hotel Skylark, Hotel Plaza, Hotel Ramji Dass, Hotel International, Ranjan Hotel, Hotel Kamal Palace, Hotel Dolphin and Hotel Radisson.
Kapurthala: About 21 km away towards the north- western corridor of Jalandhar, Kapurthala, is another nearby old city. Historical facts and data of Kapurthaka confirm that the city was actually built during 11th century by Rana Kapur Singh. The city was named as Kapurthala according to the name of the builder, Rana Kapur Singh.
The prime and most important tourists’ attraction of Kapurthala is the Jhalokhana palace. 7 long years were taken to build this class-apart and pretty palace. The palace was erected by Jagjit Singh who used to rule the province during 1890- 1947. As much as 3.4 million rupees were spent to give this appealing palace its required shape. Marvelously designed pink colored beguiling palace was a creative replica of Versaille palace, France. The erecter of the palace, Jagjit Singh was influenced by French education system. The entire palace looks appealing with its splendid orchard, fountain and idols of animals. The library of the palace is rich in collection as well and definitely deserves a visit once. The emperor Jagjit Singh used to travel around his province riding on a vehicle which is flanked with shimmering gold and pretty silver. 7/8 horses which used to pull the chariot were well draped in royal attires which were festooned with diamonds, Rubies and Emeralds. Since 1961, the Indian Government is taking care of this captivating palace. An army school has now been set up in the rooms of the ancient and singular palace. To witness the ancient evidences and splendors of the palace, tourists, nevertheless, have to grant permission from the Principal of the school.
An array of five holy temples, built by Sardar Fateh Singh, is not very far away from the coveted palace. Numerous consecrated temples and deities are there around the central dome. There is no fort in Kapurthala but a Gurdwara is there.
The nearby well ornamented mosque depicts pretty Moorish architectures and is a pretty replica of grand Morocco mosque. The Jali architectural grandeur on the tombs of the royal family members is impressive.
Kanjli Lake is included in the list of striking and inspiring works of the emperor Jagjit Singh. The fascinating Lake was excavated by the royal leader. The enthralling Villa Buena Vista, on the banks of the enchanting and alluring lake, is a bright and charming example of Spain architectural elegance and stylishness. The building, however, is still under the control of the stately family.
Don’t forget to travel to the neighboring Kartarpur to witness the Gurdwara. The inaugurator of the Arya society was born here in Kartarpur as well.
How to reach Kapurthala (Kapoorthala): Kapurthala is located on the Jalandhar- Firozpur railway track. Kapurthala is accessed by train from Jalandhar and Firozpur. Buses are regularly running in between Kapurthala and Jalandhar.
Where to stay at Kapurthala: Kapil Hotel, Taj Residency and Shiven Hotel.
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