Located between the rivers Beas and Ravi, Gurdaspur is a frontier town founded by Guriyaji Mahant in the 17th century. Marked by the warmth and hospitality of its people, and with an abundance of Sikh shrines and deras, Gurdaspur is a great getaway if spiritual succor is what you seek
Crisscrossed by a multitude of canals, the waters of which are used to irrigate fruit and eucalyptus crops, Gurdaspur district offers a quaint semi-rural landscape and an escape from the chaos of city life to tourists. Around 2 km from Kalanaur, a short drive from Gurdaspur city, is a heritage site protected by the Archaeological Survey of India. Its main attraction is the Takht-i-Akbari, which is the coronation site of Mughal Emperor Akbar the Great. Apart from this, the area around Gurdaspur is home to several temples and shrines. The Mahakaleshwar Temple at Kalanaur is famous for its horizontally inclined Shivling, the only one of its kind in the country. The annual Shivratri fair held on the temple grounds is a colorful experience not to be missed, and attended by hundreds of devotees every year.The Barath Sahib Gurudwara, Dera Baba Nanak, Achal Sahib, and many other shrines scattered around the countryside make for unforgettable spiritual experiences. The large-heartedness and joie de vivre of the people of Punjab is well known across the world. For a taste of the same, witness Baisakhi celebrations at Pandori Mahantan, an old Dera of Mahants situated 8 km from the city. It is believed that the first Baisakhi fair was held at this site almost four centuries ago and continues to be celebrated uninterrupted since then every year in April. Babehali’s Chhinjh (wrestling) Mela accompanied by various cultural programs draws visitors from all over the state and is a must-see phenomenon. Government run transport buses as well as smaller private buses are the modes of travel preferred by locals to move in and around the city. For trips to surrounding areas, it is best to hire private taxis that are easily available within the town. Extremely harsh summers with temperatures upwards of 400 C characterize the plains of Punjab. Plan your trip accordingly.There aren’t many commercial hotels offering accommodation to tourists in Gurdaspur. However, there do exist a number of government run and public guest houses. Make your reservations at these well before time to avoid hassles.
Gurdaspur is not well connected to other major cities of the country via regular flights. The nearest airport is in Amritsar at a distance of 66kms.
There is no regular trains to Gurdaspur from other major cities of the country. The nearest Railway station is at Pathankot which is located at a distance of 35kms.
Railway Station(s): Pathankot