KOT KALAN village is one of the 12,800 villages of Punjab, and is located in the Jalandhar district just outside Jalandhar city. It is situated on the national highway (Delhi to Amritsar) and has a population of approximately 2000 people, comprising of families including the following: Tiwana, Samra, Bansal, Nandra, Nijjar, Dhanda and Banga. It has two schools, one Primary and the other Middle Standard. It also has a sub branch of the Post Office as well as two Gurudwaras.
KOT KALAN has a number of famous points of interest including restaurants such as McDonald’s, Haveli and Lucky Dhaba and Hotels including the Lilly Resort and the MBD Krishna Resort which is currently in construction. Other restaurants in the area include Tandoori Bites, Smugglers’ Pub, Bobby’s Ahata and Amar Dhaba. As well as having a restaurant, the Haveli resort also boasts an entertainment section called Rangla Punjaband the Haveli Heritage marriage palace. There are also a variety of other marriage palaces including Bath Castle and Nandini Resort. There is also a large shopping mall called Ansal plaza (with several others being built) just outside the village along with two car showrooms: Mahindra & Mahindra (Makkar Motors) and Chevrolet (Bajaj Motors).
The village is also home to a Vodafone Call centre. There are three filling stations on the national highway (G.T. Road) close to the village. The acclaimed Lovely professional University is located 2 kilometres from the village in Phagwara.The village has a number of NRI’s living all over the world, most notably the U.K, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. The NRI’s regularly revisit the village and help its development greatly.
In 2008, the NRI’s established the “SHAHEED BAHAGAT SINGH MEMORIAL SPORTS CLUB” and organised a Kabaddi tournament on the 6th-8th of March 2009.
The tournament was a great success, with many travelling far to participate and support the event. Many politicians attended the tournament and they praised the villagers in hosting the event as an example to young people on the values of their physical health and to discourage the use of drugs and intoxicants.
With the success of this year, the Kabaddi tournament will be held every year with the ongoing help of the NRIs and their contributions. In 2009 many NRIs and people from the village contributed to the Sports Club (For a list of benefactors see the Donators Section). The ultimate aim for the Sports Club is the construction of a stadium in the village and with consistent support and further donations it will be a reality. We appeal to all NRIs to come and participate in the yearly event.