Gurdaspur is named after Guriya Ji, who founded this city in the beginning of the 17th century. It is a popular city located in between Ravi and Sutlej rivers, in the state of Punjab. The language used by most of the people in the city is Punjabi while for official purpose, Hindi and English are also used. Gurdaspur tourism represents a colourful bouquet of Punjabi culture, which includes divine gurudwaras, bhangra (Punjabi dance form), traditional pagri (turban), paranda (used in braided hair) and the irresistible Punjabi food.
Gurdaspur tourism includes a visit to a large number of attractions that can engage tourists for days. Some of the major attractions of Gurdaspur are Dera Baba Nanak, Gurdas Nangal, Mahakaleshwar temple, Madhopur, Shahpur Kandi Fort, Fish Park, Achaleshwar Temple, Gurudwara Chola Sahib and Thada Sahib.
Kirtan Asthan is the place where Shri Guru Arjun Dev Ji - the fifth Sikh Guru recited hymns during the ceremony of bhog (recitation of Sri Guru Granth Sahib for the departed soul) of Guru Nanak Dev Ji's grandson Baba Dharam Chand Ji.
There are several nearby tourist destinations like Dalhousie, Dharamsala and Mcleodganj, which can be reached in around 2 hours by road from Gurdaspur.
Interesting festivals and events in Gurdaspur
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In order to engage tourists coming to the city from around the world, Gurdaspur tourism organises a number of fairs and festivals. Among the biggest celebrations is the annual fair that is organised to celebrate the marriage of Guru Nanak Dev Ji, the first Sikh Guru. Some of the other important festivals are Baisakhi - celebrated at Pandori Mahantan, Lohri, Babehali’s Chhinjh (wrestling) Mela and Shivratri fair.
Gurdaspur experiences three seasons – hot summers, cool monsoons and cold winters. The best time to travel to the city is post monsoon and winter seasons (October to March).