Anandpur Sahib, sometimes referred to simply as Anandpur (lit. "city of bliss"), is a city in Rupnagar district (Ropar), on the edge of Shivalik Hills, Indian state of Punjab. Located near the Sutlej River, the city is one of the most sacred places in Sikhism, being the place where the last two Sikh Gurus lived, Guru Teg Bahadur Ji and Guru Gobind Singh Ji. this is the place where Guru Gobind Singh Ji founded the Khalsa Panth in 1699. The city is home to Kesgarh Sahib Gurdwara, one of the five Takhts in Sikhism.
The city is a pilgrimage site in Sikhism. It is the venue of the largest annual Sikh gathering and festivities during Hola Mohalla in the spring season.
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Gurudwara Takht Sri Kesgarh Sahib: is the principal Sikh temple in the town. It marks the birthplace of Khalsa and one of the five religious authorities (Five Takhts) of Sikhism. Standing on a hillock, the present complex was built between 1936 and 1944. The plan of the building is a square set inside a 30 square metres (320 sq ft) square courtyard. In it are the Takht's office and a Gurdwara. The Gurdwara has a 16 square metres (170 sq ft) square hall, inside which is 5.5 square metres (59 sq ft) square sanctum with the Sikh scripture and old weapons used by Guru Gobind Singh's Khalsa, signifying the miri and piri aspects of the Sikh faith. The dome of the Gurdwara is fluted lotus. The lower levels of the complex has a langar (free community kitchen run by volunteers), a 55 square metres (590 sq ft) square divan hall, and a row of rooms for pilgrims called the Dashmesh Nivas. Nearby is an 80 square metres (860 sq ft) square sarovar (holy water tank) for pilgrims to take their pilgrimage dip.
Virasat-e-Khalsa is a museum of Sikhism, located in the holy town, Anandpur Sahib, near Chandigarh, the capital of the state of Punjab, India. The museum celebrates 500 years of the Sikh history and the 300th anniversary of the birth of Khalsa, based on the scriptures written by the tenth and last human guru, Guru Gobind Singh Ji. It serves to attract tourists and pilgrims. This results in a consultation between religion and emerging need in the building environment. One side it promotes hand crafts to locals as well as nurturing a sense of heritage, besides it recalls to infinity by the volumetric interference of existing skyline is another phase of a visible Urbanism dilemma.
Proceed towards Shri Nainadevi Temple. This temple is positioned on hilltop in Bilaspur District. You can reach the peak of hill by following the concrete stairs or using cable car facility. This cable car facility is highly famous among the pilgrims. This temple is considered holy and several mythologies are also linked with it. Afterwards, drive to Chintpurni. This drive take 4-5 hours from Chandigarh to Himachal.
Head towards the beautiful hill station of Dharamshala in morning. It takes around 4 hours of drive. Stop by to visit Mata Jwala Devi and Brijeshwari Temple at Kangra on the way. Jwala ji Shrine is renowned for its exquisiteness. Brijeshwari Temple is popular for its elaborated fabrications along with the rich rituals performed there. Later on, continue the journey to Dharamshala. On reaching, check in at the hotel. Overnight stay in the hotel.
MEAL PLAN- BREAKFAST & DINNER
This hill station is positioned in the upper region of the Kangra Valley. Because of its location and the backdrop, Dharamshala has gained recognition among the tourists. This day is for exploring this hill station. Head out for trip to Chamunda Devi Temple in morning. This is the temple of Goddess Shakti. In afternoon, take a tour to Dalai Lama Monastery and Bhagsu Nag Temple, Cricket Stadium and War memorial. Overnight stay in the hotel.