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Anandpur Sahib

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Best Time: October - February Read More

Ideal duration: 1-2 days

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Anandpur Sahib Tourism

Anandpur-Sahib is located in the Rupnagar District of Punjab, close to the Pakistani border. It is one of the holiest places for Sikhs as the Khalsa Panth was founded here. The site where this sacred event took place has been commemorated by the construction of a Gurudwara.

The city of Anandpur Sahib is most famous for its multitude of Gurudwaras that were built to commemorate various Sikh Gurus. There are five forts around the town that testify to the city's military history. Today, Anandpur Sahib is one of the holiest places in the world for Sikhs, and thousands of visitors come to this city to pray and take blessings from the sacred Gurudwaras of this town. Due to a large number of visitors, the city is very tourist friendly and is well connected to other major cities in the region.

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Forts of Anandpur Sahib

Anandpur Sahib was founded in 1665 by the ninth Sikh Guru, Guru Tegh Bahadur. Since then, many of his successors have been involved in developing this town as a safe settlement zone for this community.

When the town was finally inhabited, it had to be protected from the invaders in the West and North. For strategic purposes, many forts were built around the city. The five forts around the town were built by the 10th Guru, Guru Gobind Singh.

All of these forts are standing today and are visited by thousands of tourists every year. Qila Anandgarh Sahib is the main fort, being the reason why the city was named Anandpur Sahib. It served as the residence of the then army. Qila Lohgarh Sahib is another important fort where weapons for the army were made.

Qila Holgarh Sahib, Qila Fatehgarh Sahib and Qila Taragarh Sahib are the other three forts.

Restaurants and Local Food in Anandpur Sahib

Anandpur is a town in the heart of Punjab that, like most Punjabi cities and towns, relishes traditional Punjabi food. Parathas, heavy curries and the famous Punjabi lassi are the popular gems of the local cuisine here. There are small restaurants and dhabas scattered all over the town. Most offer hygienically cooked fresh food.

Dining in the Gurudwaras during Langar is also an experience everyone must have. These meals are free of cost and are severed to all pilgrims who visit the Gurudwara.

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Suggested Itinerary

In the morning, enjoy the iconic breakfast of Parathas and ghee and roam the streets of Anandpur Sahib. Since this is a small town, most of the tourist places are located within walking distance of each other. You are likely to discover some unique locations as you walk through the city.

In the evening, visit Gurudwara Takht Sri Kesgarh Sahib, which is the holiest place in the town since this marks the place where the Khalsa Panth was founded. However, this Gurudwara is always full of devotees, and it may take some time to navigate the crowds. Your visit to the Gurudwara is incomplete without staying for the Langar - a meal offered to the devotees by the Gurudwara. Here, hundreds of pilgrims sit together with gratitude and enjoy minimalistic food in the house of God.

Visiting Gurudwaras: There are more than 10 Gurudwaras in Anandpur Sahib, and it can take more than a week to visit them all, but depending on the time you have and the location of your hotel, you can visit at least 3 or 4 during a weekend trip. The five forts are located at the edges of the city and tourists need to arrange for some form of transport like a hired car or rickshaw to visit them all.

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Holidify's Opinion

What's Great?

Has many religious and historical sites to visit. Very convenient and easily accessible. The local food is an authentic experience.

What's Not So Great?

The public transport system is not very well developed. Number of hotels is limited and may be fully booked during peak season.

For Whom?

This town is a good place for devout Sikhs who want to visit the Gurudwaras and museums built here. It also makes for a good family trip and for anyone interested in experiencing Sikh culture and religion, this place is a must visit.

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How To Reach Anandpur Sahib

Anandpur Sahib is well-connected to most cities in North India by rail and road but does not have an airport. There are regular buses and trains to this town. Taxis are also available for hire from major cities nearby like Chandigarh, Ludhiana and Amritsar.

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