Popular as the land of five rivers, Punjab is all about experiencing one of the different flavours of being Indian. And one city in Punjab which speaks volumes about its magnificent culture is Anandpur Sahib. Lying on the edge of the Shivalik Hills this city comes across as very valuable for the Sikh community due to the fact that the last two gurus, Guru Tegh Bahadur and Guru Gobind Singh lived here.
Considered as one of the sacred destinations amid the Sikh community, Anandpur Sahib is flocked with a great number of devotees on an annual basis. Apart from this, Anandpur Sahib is also known for having a plethora of gurudwaras which were mainly built in the honour of various Sikh Gurus.
Talking about history, this place occupies a great significance for the locals of Punjab. Founded by 1665, by the ninth Guru Tegh Bahadur this city has its timeless charm about it. It is said that earlier he used to reside at Kiratpur but due to some disputes, he had to move to Makhoval.
And then just about two years after that, he was beheaded by the cruel Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb. This was done so as Guru Tegh Bahadur had refused to convert to Islam. This martyrdom led to crown his son Guru Gobind Das (Guru Gobind Singh) as his successor.
Guru Gobind Singh Ji realized that the only solution to end Mughal rule lied in rebellion. And soon as per his vision, the population of Sikhs in the region started rising. On the other hand, Aurangzeb realized this and took steps to not let any revolt find its way to his throne. Thus, in 1693, as per Aurangzeb’s orders, the Sikh gatherings in any area were completely banned. By 1699, Guru Gobind Singh Ji had successfully gathered a considerate amount of militia and as a consequence triggering the revolt against Mughals which led to various battles.
Virasat-e-Khalsa. It is a museum which was essentially built in the honour of Sikhs celebrating 500 years of Sikhism. Entering the museum, the tourists get to see various relics belonging to the glorious Sikh era over the past centuries. As per the records, over 10 million people have visited the museum till date and the numbers are only growing.
Takhat Sri Kesari Sahib Ji. It is quite a popular Gurudwara located right in the centre of Anandpur Sahib. Did you know that the foundation of this place was laid in the year 1689 and that the Khalsa Panth was born in this very place? Interesting to know, isn’t it?
Sarovar Anandpur Sahib. Covering an area of about 80 square metres, the holy waters of this place are very famous among the devotees. A great number of pilgrims come here for cleansing their soul and rejuvenating their mind and spirit.
Visit Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Sikh Museum. This museum was built in 1983. The imposing and grand building of this place exudes endless spiritual charm. Witnessing the majestic grandeur of the priceless relics present here is quite an experience in itself.
Visit Jhajjar Bachauli Wildlife Sanctuary. Located at an approximate distance of 8-12 km from Anandpur Sahib and nearby the mighty Sutlej river, this sanctuary offers delightful visuals of ecstasies to nature lovers, wildlife photographers and adventure enthusiasts.
Lohri. Lohri is a famous folk festival primarily celebrated by Sikhs and Hindus in the northern part of the Indian subcontinent, typically falling on 13th January every year. This major reason to celebrate this festival is to commemorate the end of the winter solstice. Read More
Teeyan. It is the Punjabi name for the festival of Teej. It is dedicated to the onset of the monsoon and starts from the third day of the lunar month of Sawan.
The summer season is one of the best times to visit Anandpur Sahib. The overall time frame of this festival is that it is one of the most interesting as well as the most intriguing time to do sightseeing.
Punjabi culture is all about experiencing a sense of openness towards the local heritage and traditions. And two major aspects of the cultural heritage of Punjab worth exploring are its mind-blowing food and traditional clothing. Talking about the Punjabi cuisine, then, some good options to savour your taste buds would be Butter Chicken, Lassi, Chole, Chole-Bhature, Paratha. Coming on to the clothing of Punjab, the men here wear kurta and pyjama along with juttis. The women here carry Patiala Salwar along with the Punjabi Ghagra.
A spiritual city to explore, that is how we can best describe this phenomenal city in its entirety. Founded by Guru Tegh Bahadur this place city is all about connecting with your lost self. It is situated at a distance of 313, 1,760, 1,830, 2,492 km from Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Bengaluru respectively. Here is how you can reach here by the following means of transportation.
By Air. The nearest airport is the Chandigarh Airport (IXC) located at a distance of 88 km. This airport is known to serve seven domestic airlines and also has international connectivity. Various airlines like Air India, Go Air, Air Asia, Vistara operate with good connectivity. After deboarding at the Chandigarh Airport, you will need to travel via some means of public transportation like a cab or a bus. You can also opt for a train. From Chandigarh station, you can board UHL Janshatabdi Express and HW UHL LINK JSHT.
By Road - You can consider travelling to Anandpur Sahib via road network as well. Depending upon your location, you can either choose to travel by your own vehicle or interstate buses. From Delhi, the starting bus fares are Rs.500. From Jaipur, the fares are starting from Rs.700. From Agra, the fares are starting from Rs.500-Rs.600
By Train. Anandpur Sahib has its own railway station of the same name. It is a small railhead located in the Rupnagar district of Punjab. This station has only one platform. And it doesn’t have very good connectivity with other cities. After deboarding at the station, you will need to take some means of public transportation.
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