Saturday, September 1, 2007

Jalandhar District

Jalandhar district is one of the twenty districts in the state of Punjab in North-West India. The capital is Jalandhar. Nawanshahr district except the Balachaur sub-division was part of the original Jalandhar district until the mid 1990's when a separate district of Nawanshahr was created including Nawanshahr and Banga areas of Jalandhar district and Balachaur area of Hoshiarpur district.


Travel options:

Travel from Delhi is best planned ahead by reservation in a Shatabdi train for day travel which includes the Indian food served onboard. Recently, the Indian railway websites allow E-tickets to be bought using a credit card and taking a printout of the same, along with a valid photo ID. For more info, see and see for online booking of tickets. For travelling via trains in India, see the excellent post on . Work is in progress to put up ATM machines at Railway stations to allow purchase of E-tickets using credit/debit cards. A comfortable, though expensive option, is to contact a tourist agency and rent a vehicle. It can be hot, grimy, dusty and downright painful to travel, but the Punjab Roadways now has a fleet of expensive AC buses operating state wide.AC buses run from Jalandhar,Ludhiana and Amritsar.


Bilga is the largest village in Jalandhar district and is about 35 Kms from Jalandhar city. It is well known for its historical Gurudwara and is divided in seven sub parts (patti's). It is surrounded by lush green fields and quite well developed as compared to surrounding areas. Having all basic amenities services Bilga shows a complete picture of punjabi culture. Bilga is also so well developed because of a lots of NRI's belonging to the region mainly of Sanghera and Bhatthal families.

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