Jalandhar is one of the oldest city in Punjab and also one of oldest city of the country. During recent years Jalandhar has seen rapid urbanization and developed into highly industrialized center of commercial activity. Before independence, Jalandhar was the capital of Punjab. Whole of Jalandhar district is part of the Indus Valley Civilization. Jalandhar provides goods like glass and furniture to neighboring cities and is a hub of sports goods manufacture for international market.
A lot of shopping malls are located in Jalandhar the Galleria, Viva Collage Mall, City Square, LPU Shopping Mall, Chunmun Mall. And there are several religious places like Guruduwara Thra Sahib, Tulsi Mandir, Shiv Mandir, Guru Ravidass Gurudwara. There are several modes of leisure are also available across the town like Pushpa Gujral Science City, Fun City, Niku Par, Wonder Land etc.
Upmarket localities include Civil lines, Dilbagh Nagar Extension, Mota Singh Nagar, Green Park, Green Model Town, Model Town, Jawahar Nagar, Gupta Colony, Guru Teg Bahadur Nagar, Urban Estate Phase I & II, New Jawahar Nagar, Defence Colony, Adarsh nagar, Adampur Doaba, J.P. Nagar, Grover Colony, Guru Ram Dass Enclave, Central Town etc.
Jalandhar has also produced several notable personalities in field of singing, acting, sports, politics, and freedom fighting. Some notable personalities include Bhagat Singh, Yash Chopra, Amrish Puri, Harbhajan Singh.
Various areas in Jalandhar are Amrit Vihar, Janta Colony, Gadaipur, Guru Ramdas Nagar, Ashok Nagar, Jawala Nagar, Ram Nagar, New Rattan Nagar, Kabir Nagar, Industrial Area, Ajay Nagar, Bachint nagar, Prem Nagar, Ramneek Avenue, Punjabi Bagh Colony, Bulandpur, Shanti Vihar, Vikas Puri, BSF Colony, Killa Mohalla, Guru Nanak Nagar, Maharaja Garden, Adarsh Nagar, Charanjit Pura, Gobing Garh, Qaji Mandi, Bashirpura, Guru Nanak Pura, Rajiv Gandhi Vihar, Tej Mohan Nagar, Dilbagh Nagar, Basti Nau, Mota Singh Nagar, Railway Colony, Preet Nagar, Avtar Nagar, NM Town, Dashmesh Nagar, Master Tara Singh Nagar, Deol Nagar, Tower Enclave, Bombay Nagar, Ravindra Nagar, Jaswant Nagar, Dashmesh Avenue, Defence Colony, Rama Mandi, Ajit Vihar, Jalandhar Cantt and many more.