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TOP DESTINATION FOR VACATIONS OF 2020

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TOP DESTINATION FOR VACATIONS OF 2020

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Holy Places of Sikh Religion in Pakistan

Pakistan is one of the top destinations for  those who practice Sikh religion from all over the world.   Guru Nanak Ji was born in this part of sub-continent, spent most of his life time here and demised in the same region.  Pakistani Punjab is home to five most important pilgrimage sites for Sikhs. They include the birthplace of Baba Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikh religion who was born in 1469 in Nankana Saheb district, and Gurdwara (monastery) Punja sahib in Hasan Abdal town, where the handprint of Guru Nanak is believed to be imprinted on a boulder at the monastery.   Dera Sahib Lahore, where the fifth Guru of the Sikh community Arjun Devji was martyred. Members of  the Sikh community believe that Guru Arjun Devji drowned inside a well located there, which is a part of River Ravi. Apart from this, the grave of Maharaja Ranjit Singh is also located at the site.  These sites are visited by thousands of Sikhs from neighboring India, Europe and America every year.       Governments of Pakistan has relaxed many restrictions, including waving off of visa requirement for Indians’ Sikhs who intend visiting Kartarpura Sahib Gurdawara, for religious tourists through “Kartarpura Corridor” specially built for this purpose.  

Nankana Sahib

The town of Nankana Sahib is located about 90 KMs west of the city of Lahore in the Province of Punjab. The Town was named after Baba Guru Nanak, the first guru in the religion of Sikhism, who was born in the city and first began preaching here. Nankana Sahib is the most important religious site for the Sikh religion  It is located about 91 km  west of Lahore.  A gurdawara called “Gurdawara Janam Asthan” was built at the place where the guru was believed to be born.  Each year thousands of Skihs from India, Europe, US and Canada visit this place to pay homage to their guru.  One can reach Nankana Sahib either on hired taxi or rail from Lahore easily.

Kartarpura Sahib

This place is located a few kms from Indo-Pak International border in Shakargrah, Narowal just on the left bank of River Ravi in Punjab Province. This is the place where first guru of Sikhism Guru Nanak settled in 1504 AD after carrying out his journeys for 20 years. It is believed that he died here and his remains are buried here, however, history is not very clear about it.  At the location Guru Nanak is believed to have died, the Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib was built. It is considered to be the second holiest site for the Sikh religion.  Recently, a corridor has been opened with India so that Sikhs from India could come and visit the Gurdawara without seeking visa.  Large number of Sikhs, Hindus and Muslims visit the Gurdawara every year.   One can reach Kartarpura either on hired taxi or on public transport easily.

Hassan Abdaal

This place is located 40 kms south of Islamabad and is part of District Attock of Punjab Province. Due to “Gurdwara Panja Sahib”, one of the most sacred sites in Sikhism, Hasan Abdaal is an important pilgrimage destination for Sikhs.  In 1521 the founder of the Sikh faith, Baba Guru Nanak, stayed in Hasan Abdaal and  a “Gurdwara Punja Sahib” was built on the spot that he stayed containing a sacred rock that is believed to contain the hand print of Guru Nanak.  There are different versions about the origin of the Hand print.  Every year in the month of April, thousands of Sikhs from India and other parts of the world visit Hassan Abdaal to attend the Baisakhi Mela.   Hassan Abdal could be reached via hired taxi, rail or public transport from Islamabad.
  

It is deplorable that there is a lot of propaganda about the security situation in   Pakistan. On the contrary, Sikh Yatrees of various Gurdwara Yatra tours found security situation very normal and even ideal for Sikh Yatrees. The local people are kind and hospitable towards Sikh pilgrims that they feel at home. However,  it is strange that there is negative impression about Pakistan in the outside world that needs to be dispelled which can only possible if more and more Sikh community come to see their heritage to Pakistan.