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Sirhind

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Sirhind Tourism

Sirhind Fatehgarh is a city in Punjab that is famous for its rich history and the religious significance it has for the Sikh community. Also called Gurumaari, this city has been inhabited for a long time and the multiple historic structures that stand tall till today are a testament to that.

Located midway between Ludhiana and Ambala, Sirhind is one of the holiest cities for Sikhs in the world. It also has a rich history and a cultural tradition of inclusion and diversity. Most people believe that the name Sirhind comes from 'Sar-i hind', meaning the Frontier of Hind, as Mughal invaders saw it as the 'gateway to Hindustan'. The rulers of this area reportedly fought bravely against invaders, and the many forts and bastions in the city are proof of the military and strategic importance of this city. Today, Sirhind is a very important tourist destination in Punjab and has many forts, museums, Gurudwaras and gardens that each have a fascinating history.

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Mughal Influence on Sirhind

Like most of North India, this region too was under the Mughal rule for more than 400 years, and this left a mark on the architecture of the area. Many tombs, gardens and monuments in the region around Sirhind follow the typical architectural style developed by the Mughals. Some of the major attractions in this town include the Aam Khaas Baugh which was a garden built specially for Emperor Shah Jehan but was also open to the public. Even today, many people go to this park to get a taste of nature.

During the famous Jorh Mel at Fatehgarh Sahib, the light and sound show regarding the history of Sirhind and the martyrdom of younger sons of Guru Gobind Singh is shown to the visitors at night in the Aam Khas Baugh. Two magnificent tombs are located a short distance away from the city - known locally as 'Ustad ki Mazar' and 'Shagird ki Mazar' meaning the Tomb of the Master and the Tomb of the Apprentice. These are the tombs of the famous Mughal architect Ustad Syad Khan and his apprentice Khawaja Khan.

Restaurants and Local Food in Sirhind

Sirhind is one of those towns which has managed to preserve its culture and yet caters very well to all including foreign tourists. This makes it a favourite destination for foodies since the food here is authentic and cheaper than major cities like Amritsar and Chandigarh. Most of the hotels and restaurants buy and cook fresh food using local chefs. There is not a lot of choice in terms of food unless you visit one of the luxury hotels and most local restaurants provide tasty local food. Parathas and Lassi are the favourite items of the locals and tourists alike.
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Suggested Itinerary

Day 1: Sirhind is a perfect destination for a short weekend trip and the places you should arrive early in the morning to make the most of your trip. On the first morning, mingle with the locals and explore the streets of the city for interesting places to eat and relax. Proceed to the Aam Khaas Baugh in the evening and enjoy the sunset on the sprawling lawns where Shah Jehan once roamed. For dinner, visit the Floating Restaurant on the Sirhind Canal and watch the water flow by as you enjoy your meal.

Day 2: The next day, leave for the Harappan site of Sanghol. Strolling through the site and visiting the museum is likely to take the day and leave you with a whole new perspective of Ancient India.

Day 3: The next day, you could visit the two tombs located near the city - Ustad di Mazar and Shagird di Mazar. This teacher-student duo was buried close by on the same road and presents a very forlorn picture today. The tombs are very beautifully designed and are imposing structures on the empty skyline.

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Holidify's Opinion

What's Great?

Located in mainland Punjab, so easy to reach, local culture is well preserved. There are many historical sites located close to the city centre.

What's Not So Great?

The public transport within the city is not well developed and arrangements for stay can be difficult to find during the peak tourist season.

For Whom?

Sirhind is an ideal destination for a short family trip to visit the religious places in the town. The forts and museums in the city also make it a good place for those who want to study the history and architecture of this town.

How To Reach Sirhind

Sirhind is well connected to other major cities in the region like Ludhiana, Amritsar and Delhi and also has a railway station in the town. There is no airport in the city, and the nearest one is located in Chandigarh, which is an hour's drive from Sirhind.

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