Anandpur Sahib in the city of Ropar in Punjab is a sacred Sikh pilgrimage. With the Himalayas in backdrop and Sutlej river flowing few miles away this place provides a picturesque location.
Situated 95 km from Chandigarh, this place is of high importance to the Sikh religion.
On my recent vacation, I visited this holy place and to my luck on the next day of Baishaki festival. It was a festivity to another level altogether. From Delhi, I took a bus from Kashmiri Gate ISBT for Chandigarh and travelled by road to Anandpur Sahib.
Delhi –> Chandigarh –> Anandpur Sahib
310 km 95 km
The route from Chandigarh was really smooth. Encountered bunch of people visiting this place via bikes, trucks and tractors. The feel was nice and positive…
Gurudwara Takht Sri Kesgarh Sahib
The main attraction in the vicinity is Gurudwara Takht Sri Kesgarh Sahib, which was specially decorated for the occasion of Baishaki. Also, there is a small bazaar outside the gurudwara, which sells the traditional stuff. And ample of parking space, so that would not be an issue.[gallery type="rectangular" ids="1666,1665,1661,1676" orderby="rand"]
Anandpur Sahib is said to be the birthplace of Khalsa. On talking to an official, he mentioned about the history of the place, that how the gurus worked and fought against the enemies.
There are many stories attached to the place and its surroundings. Also, there is a Sarovar (water body) near the gurudwara. It is said that visiting here is like cleanse of mind and body, so you take a dip in the holy water cleanse your body and visit the gurudwara for the mind.
Due to festivities, there was a lot of rush, but all the arrangments were good. Proper parking, sheds, people serving water and Jaljeera to beat the heat.[gallery type="rectangular" ids="1673,1674,1670,1671,1679,1680" orderby="rand"]
There are various other gurudwaras and forts around that you can visit. For more details about the history of the Sikhs and this place visit Virasat-e-Khalsa formerly known as Khalsa heritage memorial. The locals call it Ajooba, world’s 8th wonder. Virasat-e-Khalsa is just 5-10 min drive from the main gurudwara.
Read: Virasat-e-Khalsa: A Museum on Sikh Heritage, Anandpur Sahib
Anandpur Sahib is a peaceful place, with a mixture of pilgrimage and beauty all around! Share your experiences if you have visited here or if you want to know anything more comment below. Go Banjare! :)