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.
On a daily basis there are approximately 32 flights that operate at Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport.SpiceJet, Air India and Air India Express are the most popular airline brands that fly frequently to this airport.
Besides flying you can also reach Gurdaspur through train.Gurdaspuris one of the most popular train stations in Gurdaspur.
By road Gurdaspur is surrounded by Kathua, Amritsar, Kapurthala which are 26.51 km, 41.07 km, 44.42 km away respectively. These places are ideal spots for people to plan their short weekend break.
Gurdaspur has a total of 4 hotels.There are 4 hotels in Gurdaspur with the popular ones being Punjabiyat, Hotel R K Regency etc.