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Immerse yourself in the spirit world of Sri Anandpur Sahib, the gateway to Sikhism

Although every Indian state has its own distinctive style of capturing our hearts, we bet no one is better off than Punjab. The iconic Indian state of swaying sarson fields, scrupulous local delights, hearty people, flamboyant phulkaris, foot-tapping Bhangra beats and more than life pilgrimage places, is like a feast to the eyes and music to our ears. Top it with interesting festivals and a mixture of vibrant customs, a part of your heart will captivate Punjab with its full fervor, forever.
Famed for its rich history and ethnic diversity, Punjab, also known as the land of five rivers, is a perfect destination for those looking for a taste of local culture and stories of ancient empires. One such marvel that you can engage your inner history buff with is Sri Anandpur Sahib, the white city bordered by majestic Sutlej River and snow-capped Shivaliks. The place is symbolic of the innumerable sacrifices made by Sikhs for present and future generations to remember. Blessed by two powerful Sikh Gurus, the ninth Guru, Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji, who established his religious headquarters here and resided in the Guru Ka Mahal, and the tenth Guru, Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji who founded the Khalsa Panth here, on Baisakhi day in 1699.
The momentous lives of these two Sikh gurus is celebrated throughout the city, via ten gurudwaras – Gurudwara Takht Sri Keshgarh Sahib, Gurudwara Sisganj, Gurudwara Bhora Sahib, Gurudwara Thara Sahib, Gurudwara Akal Bunga Sahib, Gurudwara Damdama Sahib, Gurudwara Manji Sahib, Gurdwara Shaeedhi Bagh, Gurdwara Mata Jit Kaur and Gurdwara Guru Ka Mahal.
At the centre of the town is the prestigious Gurudwara Takht Sri Keshgarh Sahib. It is where the Khalsa and the Five Takhts of Sikhism were originated. The Gurudwara building features Guru Gobind Singh’s Khalsa, which includes his weapons and Sikh scriptures. One must experience meditating in this calm habitat for an enriching experience. The Gurudwara also encompasses a religious museum Virasat-e-Khalsa. Designed by Israeli architect Moshe Safdie, the museum contains artefacts that highlight the founding and chief practices of Sikhism.
Other attractions include Anandgarh Sahib Fort (built-in 1689), Gurudwara Sri Qila Taragarh Sahib to protect Anandpur Sahib from invading armies, a massive green-blue lake created by the Nangal dam and Gurudwara Bhabour Sahib, and Kiratpur Sahib, founded by Guru Sri Hargobind, the sixth Guru. If the wanderlust in you is itching to plan a visit to the holy city, you must do soon. The city is 89 Kms from Chandigarh International Airport. While Una Jan Shatabdi Express and Himachal Express connect the city to New Delhi, Gurumukhi SF Express connects it with Kolkata and Amritsar.
They say, when in Punjab do what the Punjabis do. So while you’ll be exploring the city delights, we recommend you to book a stay at a place that also gives you a slice of rural life. Bharatgarh Fort, Prakriti Farms, The Satluj Farm, Citrus County and Kailash Farms are just a few of the many great places where you can stay during your visit to Sri Anandpur Sahib.

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