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Paonta Sahib - A Stopover for the Sikhs


Paonta Sahib, located on the banks of the River Yamuna, attracts its fair share of tourists. This historic town was founded by the 10th Sikh guru; Guru Gobind Singh, who lived here for over four years on the invitation of Raja Maidini Prakash of Sirmour. He is said to have shifted here when he was 16 years old. Etymologically, ‘Paonta’ means 'Space for a foothold'. Surrounded by lush green forests of Sal trees, Paonta Sahib has a 350 m wide boundary. According to a legend, the torrential waters of the Yamuna flowed calmly on the advice of Guru Gobind Singh so he could write the Dassam Granth, a scripture of Sikhism, without disturbance.

Tourist Places In And Around Paonta Sahib

There are numerous sightseeing attractions in Paonta Sahib and popular among them are the Assan Lake and the Sahstra Dhara. Travellers planning a trip to Paonta Sahib must visit the beautiful Assan Lake, developed by the Himachal Pradesh Tourism Department as a tourist hotspot. Visitors are presented with the option of indulging in recreational activities like speed boating, rowing, paddling, and sail boating. The Sahstra Dhara is the meeting point of the River Yamuna and the Tong, also known as the Tamsa.

The town of Paonta Sahib is well known for its Sikh pilgrimage centres, including the Gurudwara Paonta Sahib, the Gurudwara Tirgarh Sahib, the Gurudwara Bhangani Sahib, and the Gurudwara Shergarh Sahib, among others. Dei-Ka-Mandir, Khodra Dak Pathar, Nagnauna Temple, Ram Temple, Katasan Devi Temple, Yamuna Temple, Shiva Temple, and Shrine of Baba Garib Nath are chief landmarks of the destination.

How To Reach Paonta Sahib

Travellers planning to explore Paonta Sahib can easily reach via airways, railways or roadways.

Best Time To Visit Paonta Sahib

Summer, autumn, and spring are the best seasons to plan a trip to this place.

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How to Reach Paonta Sahib

  • By Road
    Located on the NH-72, Paonta Sahib is well connected with Chandigarh and Dehradun by roads. Travellers planning a trip to Paonta Sahib can travel by buses from Dehradun, which is situated 45 km away, and Rishikesh, which is situated only 90 km away.
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  • By Train
    Paonta Sahib can be easily accessed by trains. The nearest railway station is located at Dehradun, which is situated 45 km away from Paonta Sahib. Yamunanagar, situated at a distance of 56 km from Paonta Sahib, is the other nearest railhead to the place connected with major cities of India.
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  • By Air
    The nearest airport to Paonta Sahib is located at Jolly Grant, which is located 70 km away. The Jubbarhatti Airport located at a distance of 145 km from Paonta Sahib is well connected to the major airports of India, namely, New Delhi, Mumbai, and Srinagar with frequent flights. Cabs and buses are available from the airport to Paonta Sahib.
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