Gurdaspur, founded by Sahib Deep Chand and named after his grandfather, the ‘Mahant Guridas’, is the administrative head of Punjab’s Gurdaspur District. It is a site of significant historical importance relating to the rise of the Sikh Confederacy, and was famous for the 1712 siege with the Mughals, where is located a fort (now a Hindu/Brahmin monastery). 10km from Gurdaspur, lies the India-Pakistan border, and while the Beas River flows on one side of Gurdaspur, the Ravi River flows on the other. Visit Takht-i-Akbari, where Akbar the Great was crowned; Mahakaleshwar Temple, famous for a grand Shivaratri fair taking place in the temple annually; Dera Baba Nanak..2 gurudwaras – Darbar Sahib and Chola Sahib form part of this sacred site; Dhianpur Shrine, where is believed that those who bathe in its sacred tank on Saturday night, get the benediction of having a son.
(Only if staying at Punjabiyat) Unwind at this bucolic Punjabi-style lodge with interesting walking/cycling activities to keep you going. Take a 20-min cycle ride through sprawling farms..see a Dairy Farm, learn about dairy farming, perhaps try your hand at milking cows/buffalos; a 20-min walk brings you to the nearby Sikh temple/Gurudwara..Ghallughara Saheb, see early morning religious ceremonies; visit the Sikh History Museum closeby..learn about Punjabi culture and history; try some fun Kite-flying; dip in the traditional tube well for a cool splash; enjoy tractor or tonga (traditional horse-driven carriage) rides through the village countryside.