Gurudwara Paonta Sahib is a well-known heritage worship place for Sikhs in Paonta Sahib. It is believed that this is the place where Guru Gobind Singh, the 10th Sikh guru, wrote a major portion of the "Dasam Granth" or the "Book of the Tenth Emperor", a scripture of Sikhism. Locals say that Guru Gobind Singh stayed here for four years.
According to a legend, the guru decided to stay at Paonta Sahib after the horse that he was riding stopped here on its own. Folklore also narrates that the river Yamuna, usually thundering by, flowed less ferociously on the guru’s request as he sat nearby writing the "Dasam Granth". Ever since, the river is said to have flows calmly through this region.
The Sri Talab Asthan present inside the gurdwara is said to be the place from which Guru Gobind Singh distributed salaries. Also, present in the gurdwaras is the Sri Dastar Asthan from where he supposedly judged turban-tying competitions. Another attraction of the gurdwara is a museum, which exhibits the pens that the guru used and the weapons of his time.
Assan Lake, located at a distance of 4 km from Paonta Sahib, is a beautiful lake developed by the Himachal Pradesh Tourism Department as a tourist hotspot. A popular destination among tourists, it offers recreational facilities for watersports like speed boating, rowing, paddling and sail boating. Visitors can also take up adventure sports like water skiing and hovercraft rides here.
Khodra Dak Pathar is a popular tourist destination located at a distance of 25 km from Paonta Sahib. A beautiful picnic spot, this place serves as a tranquil retreat with its magnificent park, tourist bungalow, and large swimming pool. Visitors at Paonta Sahib like to come here and unwind in the relaxing atmosphere.
An interesting feature of this place is an artificial lake made from the waters of the river Yamuna. The Chhibran power house located in the vicinity adds to the attraction of the place. This unique structure lies entirely underground.
Sahstra Dhara, considered as a place of tranquillity, is the point where the river Yamuna meets the river Tong, also known as river Tamsa. The nearby village of Kalsi, the former capital of the Sirmour district located 25 km far from Paonta Sahib, is an added attraction. Another tourist attraction, the Ashok Rock Edict, also draws tourists.
Dei Ka Mandir, a historical temple built by the sister of the erstwhile King of Sirmaur, attracts numerous visitors to Paonta Sahib. The temple is dedicated to the Hindu deity Rama, the family god of Suryavanshi rulers of Sirmaur. Rama, according to Hindu mythology, is considered to be the seventh avatar of Vishnu, the Hindu god of preservation.
Sirmour is a popular tourist destination located at a distance of 16 km from Paonta Sahib. Known as the old capital of the ancient kingdom of Sirmour, founded by Raja Rasaloo of Jaisalmer in 1616, the place holds considerable historical significance. According to a legend, the capital was destroyed by a flood in the 11th century because of a curse of a dancing girl.
The Nagnauna Temple, located at a distance of 16 km from Paonta Sahib, is a popular tourist destination of the place. Situated at the village of Puruwalla, this beautiful temple is dedicated to the rulers of Sirmour.
Katasan Devi Temple, situated on the Paonta Sahib-Nahan Road, is an ancient temple of Paonta Sahib. Also, popular as the ‘Uttam Wala Bara Ban’, this is the spot where the Sirmaur soldiers bested the armies of Ghulam Qadir Khan Rohiolla. Located at a short distance of 30 km from Paonta Sahib, the Katasan Devi Temple can be easily accessed by visitors.
Yamuna Temple is an ancient temple of Paonta Sahib situated beneath the Gurudwara Paonta Sahib. Numerous visitors come to the temple to worship the presiding deity of the temple, Goddess Yamuna, the daughter of Surya, the Hindu Sun God.
Gurudwara Tirgarh Sahib, located at a distance of 22 km from Paonta Sahib, is a popular tourist attraction of Paonta Sahib. Built on a knoll, the Gurudwara Tirgarh Sahib has historical relevance as it is believed to be the place where Guru Gobind Singh, the 10th Sikh guru, battled against his enemies.
Gurudwara Bhangani Sahib is a popular tourist attraction located at a distance of 23 km from Paonta Sahib. The place holds historical significance as the spot where Guru Gobind Singh, the 10th Sikh guru, fought his first battle in 1686. Guru Gobind Singh fought this battle at the tender age of 20 against Raja Fateh Sahib, who he went on to defeat.
Shiva Temple is an important tourist destination located at Patlian, 4.5 km away from Paonta Sahib. This ancient temple is dedicated to the Hindu deity Shiva, the destroyer of evil according to Hindu mythology.
The temple is surrounded by green paddy fields and sal trees which add to its beauty. According to local belief, the ‘Shiva Lingam’, the symbol of the deity, of this temple has increased in size over time.
Shrine of Baba Garib Nath, located at a distance of 8 km from Paonta Sahib, is regarded as a holy destination especially for childless women praying for offspring. Surrounded by lush green sal forests and offering spectacular views, the place is easily accessible by bus from Paonta Sahib.
Gurudwara Shergarh Sahib is a popular Sikh pilgrimage centre located at a distance of 12 km from Paonta Sahib. The gurudwara is believed to be built over the spot where the 10th Sikh guru, Guru Gobind Singh, decapitated a man eating tiger. According to the legend, he killed the tiger with a sole swipe of his blade.
Ram Temple is a Hindu religious site located near the Yamuna Bridge at Paonta Sahib. Known for its marble architecture, this temple was built in memory of Raja Partap Chand, an erstwhile king of Kangra, by his wife in 1889.
Popularly known as ‘Mandir Shri Dei Ji Sahiba’, this temple has a separate significant part called the Kirpal Dass Gurudwara. The presence of this gurudwara makes this temple a pilgrimage centre for both Hindus as well as Sikhs.