Places To Visit In Anandpur Sahib

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Here are the top 8 tourist attractions to see in Anandpur Sahib:

1. Virasat-e-Khalsa Anandpur Sahib

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places to visit in Anandpur Sahib

The Virasat-e-Khalsa Sikh museum was built in the honour of Sikhism and celebrates the glorious Sikh history. Visitors will be thrilled to see relics and memoirs of the struggles and triumphs of Sikh warriors over the past centuries. This museum celebrates the anniversary of the birth of Khalsa and displays the scriptures written by Guru Gobind Singh Ji, their tenth human guru.

2. Takhat Sri Kesgarh Sahib Ji

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places to visit in Anandpur Sahib

Takhat Sri Kesgarh Sahib Ji is a famous Gurudwara is located right in the heart of Anandpur Sahib and is among the most revered Sikh institutions in the country. Its foundation was laid in 1689, and the Khalsa Panth was born here. The initiation of Khande di Pahul by Guru Gobind Singh Ji happened here on the holy day of Baisakhi in 1699. This sacred shrine holds great importance among locals.

3. Sarovar Anandpur Sahib

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places to visit in Anandpur Sahib

The pious and holy waters of the Sarovar Anandpur Sahib are like a cleansing ritual for the soul. This sacred lake, covering an area of about 80 square metres (around 860 square feet) is a must-visit spot for locals and tourists alike. Situated right next to the Takhat Sri Kesgarh Sahib Ji, this Sarovar is flocked by people who come to the holy city of Anandpur Sahib for their pilgrimage dip.

4. Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Sikh Museum

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places to visit in Anandpur Sahib

A visit to Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Sikh Museum will be an excellent opportunity for you to learn about the glorious past of Sikhism and witness the grandeur of some priceless relics and artefacts from the past. The museum was built in 1983 to mark the 300th anniversary of the Guru’s martyrdom and is located very close to the Takhat Sri Kesgarh Sahib Ji.

5. Jhajjar Bachauli Wildlife Sanctuary

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places to visit in Anandpur Sahib

Dig into natures choicest offerings at the Jhajjar Bachauli Wildlife Sanctuary. Located just 15 km away from Anandpur Sahib, this nature reserve is the ideal destination for nature lovers, wildlife photographers and adventure enthusiasts. Situated close to the mighty Sutlej river, this wildlife sanctuary offers truly delightful visual treats of nature to visitors. Visitors should not forget to bring their camera and binoculars.

6. Naina Devi Temple

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places to visit in Anandpur Sahib

Located at a distance of 25 km away from Anandpur Sahib, the Naina Devi Temple holds a significant place in Hinduism. It is one of the Shakti Peethas in the religion. Legend is that the eyes of the divine, powerful Shakti fell at this location and thus the temple is named Naina Devi (eyes of the Goddess). Situated at a height of 1219 m above sea level, it was built by Raja Bir Chand in the 8th century. With several folklores going about the temple ever since it was built, the temple is considered very holy by the pilgrims who pay a visit regularly.

7. Bhakra Nangal Dam

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places to visit in Anandpur Sahib

The Bhakra Nangal Dam is situated about 38 km away from Anandpur Sahib and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the region. It comprises of two dams- Bhakra and Nangal. Bhakra Dam is the second tallest dam in Asia with a height of more than 207 meters while the Nangal Dam is a barrage dam located a few km downstream of the Bhakra Dam. The Bhakra Nangal Dam was built in 1963 on the Sutlej River and is the second largest water reservoir in India.

8. Ropar Wetlands

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places to visit in Anandpur Sahib

Situated in the lower Himalayan Shivalik range, and 50 km away from Anandpur Sahib, this ecological zone is a human-made wetland that was created in 1952. This reserve spreads over 1365 hectares and is home to at least nine different species of mammals, 35 different kinds of fish, nine species of arthropods, ten protozoan species, 11 rotifer species and more than 150 species of birds. Many of these animal species belong to the endangered list, for example, the Chitra Indica turtle and the Python molurus snake.

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Can you suggest an itinerary for Anandpur sahib?

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.

How can I commute within Anandpur sahib?

Anandpur is a small town, and the most popular mode of transport for the locals is auto rickshaw. Tourists who come from other cities can also hire cars for the entire duration of their stay to make the commute easy. There are no taxis and very few public buses in the town.
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What are the top sightseeing places in Anandpur sahib?

The top sightseeing places in Anandpur sahib are Virasat-e-Khalsa Anandpur Sahib, Takhat Sri Kesgarh Sahib Ji, Sarovar Anandpur Sahib, Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Sikh Museum, Jhajjar Bachauli Wildlife Sanctuary, Naina Devi Temple.
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