Paonta Sahib

Destinations Covered: Paonta Sahib Gurudwara – Gurudwara Bhangani Sahib – Katasan Devi Temple AssanLake – Sahastradhara – Khodri Dak Patharand the Gurudwara Shergarh Sahib
Paonta Sahib Tour Duration: 04 Day / 03 Nights

Introduction

Paonta Sahib is located on the banks of the Yamuna River in the beautiful Sirmour district of Himachal Pradesh. It is a revered religious destination for the Sikh community. Paonta Sahib is known to be the place where Guru Gobind Singh wrote parts of the sacred book, the Dassam Granth.A huge Gurudwara has been built dedicated to the memory of Guru Gobind Singh.

The Gurudwara of Paonta Sahib occupies a significant position and is of grave historical importance to Sikhs. The Palki in which the Guru travels from one place to another is made of pure gold. It was donated by one of the devotees. The place called Shri Talab Asthan from where salaries are distributed and also the place named the Shri Dastar Asthan where the turban tying competitions are held are the most ornamental and beautiful places ofthe Gurudwara. The Gurudwara sports a museum where one can view the intriguing antiques and weapons on display. These were used by Guru Gobind Singh. An elaborate Langar is served to all devotees.

There are multiple stories on how Paonta Sahib came to bear this name. The most commonly believed story goes that the word Paonta is derived from paon of Hindi origin that means foot and it is named so in respected remembrance to the piece of ornament that Guru Gobind Singh wore on his foot when he went to bathe in the waters of the Yamuna River.

Apart from the attraction of this special Gurudwara, there is the beautiful Assan Lake offering a range of recreational activities for all ages.Sahstradhara is another major tourist attraction of Paonta Sahib. The sulphur content in the waters of this natural spring is believed to have healing remedies for all types skin diseases. The spring is also very picturesque and is a popular family picnic spot for local people as well as for tourists.

How to reach

Paonta Sahib is located at a distance of about 45 km from Dehradun which is a major hill station. It is connected well with the rest of the country.

By Road: From Dehradun, Paonta Sahib is connected by regular buses and taxi service. Paonta Sahib being located on NH-72 is well networked by private as well as state run buses. Inter-state as well as intra-state buses ply at regular intervals.

By Train: Nearest rail head to Paonta Sahib is Dehradun Railway Station, which is about 45 km and trains from all major Indian cities have stops at this rail head. Station is well connected to Paonta Sahib via buses and taxis.

By Air: The closest airport to Paonta Sahib is Jolly Grant Airport at a distance of about 72 km. Next closest airport is the Jubarhatti Airport of Shimla at a distance of 145 km. From both the airports, taxis and buses connect Paonta Sahib well.

Places to visit

Gurudwara Paonta Sahib: Paonta Sahib Gurudwara was the home of Guru Gobind Singh for four long years when the reverent Guru wrote a considerable section of the holy book Dassam Granth. Sri Talab Asthan is the place from where the guru used to distribute alms. The area known as Sri Dastar Asthan from where the Guru served his dictum in the turban tying competitions is also a place worth visiting. The museum displaying the pens and weapons used by the guru is also interesting.

Katasan Devi Temple Paonta Sahib
: Katasan Devi Temple has a deep religious association and offers an amazing experience for the visitors. Situated on the Paonta Sahib-Nahan Road in the beautiful Sirmour district of the popular state of Himachal Pradesh, this templeattracts significant number of devotees all through the year. This shrine, popularly named Uttam Wala Bara Ban is revered and loved by devotees.

Gurudwara Bhangani Sahib: This Gurudwara of Paonta Sahib has a rich historical connotation. Located in the Sirmour district of Himachal Pradesh, this place is flanked by lush greenery. This is a place to worship and offer prayers amidst peace and tranquillity. Its history is connected to the battle of Bhangani and this gurudwara is considered to be the symbol of victory in the battleof the Sikh Guru Gobind Singh against Raja Bhim Chand at an age of 22. The pure white dazzling marble of the shrine is eye-catching pitted against the green of the paddy fields.

Assan Lake: It is 4-km lake that has been developed especially by the Himachal Pradesh Tourism Department (HPTD) for promotion of tourism. Tourists can enjoy exciting and joyful activities such as paddling, rowing, water skiing and hovercraft rides. The lake site is extremely picturesque and forms a primary attraction of Paonta Sahib. A charming hill forms the backdrop.

Sahastradhara Paonta Sahib: The Sahastradhara or the natural sulphur mountain spring forms a major tourist attraction of Paonta Sahib. The tourists enjoy the picturesque surroundings.Being located not far from the main Paonta Sahib town, this attraction is easily accessible where people gather to take bath in the medicinal waters.

Khodri Dak Pathar Paonta Sahib: It is a mesmerizing tourist spot located approximately 25 km away from Paonta Sahib. It has a beautiful park and a swimming pool with a tourist bungalow and offers refreshments to guests including a relaxing accommodation. Pleasant climate and natural beauty along with peace of the surroundings make this place a joyful visit.

Gurudwara Shergarh Sahib: This gurudwara is located around 12 km from Paonta Sahib. It is a famous Gurudwara known for being the place where Guru Gobind Singh beheaded a man-eater tiger with an immensely powerful single stroke of his sword.

Things to do

  • Pay a visit to the famous Gurudwara of Paonta Sahib, a riverside complex, for a memorable experience and enjoy langar.

  • Go for a forest sojourn in the Kalesar National Park to view leopards and do some bird watching.

  • Visit the Asan Barrage for mesmerizing natural experience and thrilling water sports.

  • Visit another thrilling Wildlife Sanctuary of Simbalwara for an amazing jungle experience.

  • Grab a delicious bite and refreshing drinks at Khodri Dak Pathar Paonta Sahib in a naturally beautiful and peaceful hilly surrounding.

  • Take a dip in the sulphur water of Sahastradhara Paonta Sahib for healing properties.

  • Visit Kafota, another pleasant tourist spot having some limestone quarries in Kamrau, which is the biggest village of Sirmaur district and a Tilordhar Tibetan Colony with a beautiful Buddhist monastery.

Where to stay (Best 5 Hotels)

  • HPTDC Hotel The Yamuna: This property is a riverside hotel and has extremely picturesque view. It is managed by Himachal tourism and riverside rooms are worth a grab. This is a nice family hotel and the famous Paonta Sahib Gurudwara is just 5-min walk away along the serene banks of Yamuna.

  • The PWD Rest House: This property is run by Himachal Pradesh Public Works Department and is situated at an altitude of 350 metres in Paonta Sahib. It isaround 132 km from Chandigarh and 45 km from Dehradun. It has a laidback, natural and carefree environs and peaceful setting. It also has a huge lawn to enjoy nature and ample car parking space within the property premises.

  • Hotel Guru Surabhi: This property is nestled in a tree grove with pleasant natural breeze and tranquil surroundings. It serves very delicious meals and the rooms are modern with all latest facilities. The friendly staff of the property looks after all needs of the guests. There is ample parking space and the rooms are clean. This property is known to have been very well maintained.

  • Hotel Paonta Valley: This hotel is easily accessible and nicely located. It is known for the wholesome vegetarian dishes it offers to its guests and is very popular among all tourists visiting Paonta Sahib. There is free parking available and the services are prompt.

  • Baba Valley Farm: This is a unique property with accommodation amidst natural settings. It gives the feel of a farm living. The rural surroundings and the home-cooked fresh meals make for a healthy and exhilarating stay. It is family friendly property with ample children’s playing area. This property is a speciality lodging.

How to go around

The entire area is very well connected to the other states and the major cities of India by road. Buses ply (both state-run buses and private buses) at regular intervals. Private taxis can be hired to go around. And tour and travel agencies operate private tours for sight-seeing for the benefit of the thousands of tourists and travellers travelling to Paonta Sahib from various parts of the globe.

Fests & Fairs

The culture of Paonta Sahib is a mixed one with a delightful mingling of the people of Himachal Pradesh and Punjab.

Baisakhi: This harvest festival is a special festival of the people of Punjab. Thousands of people participate exuberantly in the festival. The Sikhs celebrate it in full fervour with music, dance and feasts.

Holi: Holi is the most colourful festival of North India. This spring festival is celebrated by the people with great enthusiasm. The entire region get coloured in the colours of Holi. People enjoy the festivities with elaborate dishes and merry making with friends and families.

Diwali: Diwali is the grandest festival celebrated all over India where people exchange gifts, burn crackers, dress flamboyantly and enjoy a lot.

Bishu Fair: The local people of Paonta Sahib participate excitedly in the Bishu Fair. Dance and music form an integral part of the festival. Naati, which is a famous local form of dancing, is performed joyously by the people of Himachal Pradesh during this festival.

Climate

The predominant climate of Paonta Sahib is that of sub-tropical monsoon type. Summers are moderately warm and winters are quite cold. The overall temperature varies from 0 °C to 40 °C. Rainfall is variable.Winters are marked by frosts in the months of December and January. Winter rains are common.

Summer temperatures rises to a maximum of 44 °C but generally ranges between 35 °C and 40 °C.Autumntemperature may rise to a maximum of 36 °C with average temperature between 16 °C and 27 °C and sometimes might dip to 13 °C. Winters are chilly with average temperature varyingfrom 0 °C to 15 °C.Spring seasons are lovely with pleasant climate ranging between9 °C and 25 °C.

Ideal Itinerary

Paonta Sahib Itinerary (4D/3N)

Reach Paonta Sahib in the land of Himachal and plan a refreshing day trip to the major attractions of the valley.

  • Visit the Paonta Sahib Gurudwarathat was the home of Guru Gobind Singh. Take in the beauty of the structure and pray at peace.

  • Visit the GurudwaraBhangani Sahib another rich and historical destination located in Janjheli in the midst of a magically beautiful land covered with forest and gifted with breath-taking natural beauty. Try a trek across the magical woods to reach the enchanting temple site.

  • Visit the mythology steeped Naina Devi Jee Temple perched at the top of a hill. Reach the temple by road that winds up the curvy mountains and then cover the final lap by means of some concrete steps. Avail the adventurous cable car ride from the hill base to the hill top. Take in the mesmeric view of the huge GobindSagar Lake spread below along with the Bhakra-Nangal Dam.

After the first day full of beauty and enchantment return to the peace of the overnight stay at a choicest hotel in Mandi.

Day 2 AssanLake and Sahastradhara

Day2 will begin at Paonta Sahib and will proceed to a day trip to Assan Lake and then end with Sahastradhara.

  • Visit the beautiful Assan Lake with water adventure sports such as a leisurely paddling or rowing or the more adventurous water skiing or hovercraft rides for the ultimate thrill mixed with serene beauty.

  • Have a refreshing experience at the Sahastradhara, a sulphur water spring with remarkable medicinal properties. Enjoy the amazing experience of bath in the rejuvenating waters and also visit the Ashokan Rock Edict which stands at this place.

After the entire day of sightseeing covering the beautiful tourist attractions in and around Paonta Sahib return to the hotel for an overnight stay. After the tiring day have a leisurely dinner and catch up withsome sleep.

Day 3 Visit to KhodriDakPatharand the GurudwaraShergarh Sahib

Start of your Day 3 in a frenzy and prepare for a visit to some mystic caves and dense deep woods of the Deotshidh Forest.

  • Start the day with a sojourn to the KhodriDakPatharand take in the loveliness of the picturesque park with swimming pool and a quaint bungalow among pristine natural beauty.
  • Next destination is the GurudwaraShergarh Sahib a sacred place associated with the highly revered Guru Gobind Singh.

  • Take a nature walk looking at the lovely sunset from some vantage point near the hotel property.

Day 4 Departure from Paonta Sahib and adieu to Paonta Sahib

Wake up to a new day and get ready to bid goodbye to Paonta Sahib.Our representative will facilitate your journey back home.

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