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"Industrial Town of Himachal Pradesh"

Paonta Sahib Tourism

Paonta Sahib is a vibrant, industrial town located in the Sirmaur district of Himachal Pradesh. Apart from hosting significant industries, it is also a prominent place of worship for the Sikh community. The noted Gurudwara Paonta Sahib, built in the memory of Shri Guru Gobind Singh, is situated on the banks of the River Yamuna in this town and attracts many pilgrims round the year.

In his memoirs, Guru Gobind Singh Ji has described his time in the city as the happiest years of his life where he witnessed amusement of various kinds. The place where the Gurdwara now stands is where Guru Ji stayed with his family. The gurdwara also has a museum with Guru Ji’s war antiques and other weapons. The Palki on which the religious Sikh text, Guru Granth Sahib Ji is kept, is made of pure gold.

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Major Attractions of Paonta Sahib

1. Gurudwara Paonta Sahib
The Gurudwara Paonta Sahib witnesses a vast number of pilgrims every year. This sacred shrine offers insight into how Sikhism has managed to sustain. There are cultural events and reading held on its premises during the evenings. It also houses a museum which displays the several antiques and weaponry that Shri Guru Gobind Singh used during his stay over here.

2. Assan Lake
Assan Lake is a picturesque site and a prime tourist attraction in Paonta Sahib, being maintained and developed by the Himachal Pradesh Tourism Department. It offers a wide array of recreational activities like rowing, boating and paddling. Adventure sports like water skiing and hovercraft rides are also available. Moreover, there are restaurants present on the lakeside premises that offer a broad spectrum of cuisines.

Paonta Sahib is truly an industrially sound region. It is home to major industries in the categories of cement production, renewable energy, power generation, cosmetics, automobiles, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, textiles and even food. Some of these include local manufacturing units to the national groups of those industries. The setting up of leading manufacturing units in this region has given a substantial industrial and economic boost to the town. The industries also generated excellent income job opportunities for the residents as well.

Local Culture

Cultural Diversity
The culture of Paonta Sahib is as diverse as its people. Some have roots in Punjab and Himachal Pradesh, and then there are settlers from the neighbouring states. This great mix of people live in harmony and contribute to the development of the town.

Paonta Sahib Festivities
Festivals like Baisakhi, Holi and Diwali are celebrated with utmost enthusiasm. The celebration of Baisakhi is exceptionally close to the Sikh culture and is celebrated with vibrant festivities. The Bishu fair is celebrated with dance and music events to lift everyone’s spirits.

Local Art and Culture
A popular Himachali dance, Naati, is performed by the locals as a part of their festival traditions. The residents enjoy dance, food and company at all festivals. There is an increase of book fairs held in Paonta Sahib, a sign of its growing culture.

Languages Spoken in Paonta Sahib
The most common language in Paonta Sahib is Hindi. Pahadi and Punjabi languages are also quite prominent. They are used extensively among the familiar crowd. English is understood and spoken by the people employed in the tourism and trade industries.

Regional Food Habits

Travellers from across the country visit Paonta Sahib and even beyond. It is for this reason that we observe a great variety in the food habits of this town. You can expect to spot a common Punjabi element in the dishes, while they also display influences from the neighbouring region of Uttarakhand. Dhabas are a highlight in Paonta Sahib, offering excellent hygiene as well as taste. Fast food joints and multicuisine restaurants are also available to serve visitors. The sweet shops of Paonta Sahib make use of pure desi ghee in their preparations, thus resulting in great taste. A specific section of the restaurants also offers home delivery services. The residents of Paonta Sahib prefer non-vegetarian food, and hence, it is available at most of the restaurants and dhabas. Some of the famous restaurants in this town are Paonta Valley Restaurant, Sher E Punjab Bar & Restaurant, Guru Surbhi Restaurant, River Song Restaurant etc. The most visited dhabas in this region are Uttaranchal Dhaba and Kashyap Dhaba.

History of Paonta Sahib

Shri Guru Gobind Singh founded Paonta Sahib, the original name of which was ‘Paontika’. Paon translates to feet and tika translates to becoming stable. According to legends, Shri Guru Gobind Singh and his horse had halted here, and he subsequently decided to stay here. He is believed to have been 16 years old at that time. He went on to visit here for four and a half years. It is interesting to note that he has never stayed in one place for so long in his whole life. During his stay over here, he engaged himself in hunting and training for martial arts. He also wrote several Sikh religious texts before proceeding to Anandpur Sahib. The Gurudwara Paonta Sahib contains a museum which displays several antiques and weapons that were used by Shri Guru Gobind Singh during his stay over here.

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What is the best time to visit Paonta sahib?

The best time to visit Paonta Sahib is during February and March. It has pleasant weather conditions and provides an ideal set of requirements for tourist activities as well. The crowd is also relatively lesser around this time of the year. The summers see soaring temperatures, and the winters get extremely cold. Hence, it is advised to avoid planning a trip during those seasons. The peak season for tourism in Paonta Sahib is from July to September.
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What is the best way to reach Paonta sahib?

Paonta Sahib is located near the border of Himachal Pradesh and Uttaranchal. It is at a distance of 45 km from Dehradun and 174 km from Shimla and is well connected by road to both the capital cities. The nearest airport and nearest railway station are located in Dehradun. One can catch a bus or private taxi from Dehradun to reach Paonta Sahib. Several state-run buses ply regularly from the cities of Himachal Pradesh to Paonta Sahib.

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What are the places near Paonta sahib?

The top places near to Paonta sahib are Mussoorie which is 43 km from Paonta sahib, Shimla which is located 85 km from Paonta sahib, Rishikesh which is located 73 km from Paonta sahib, Dehradun which is located 41 km from Paonta sahib, Nahan which is located 33 km from Paonta sahib

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