SIKH YATRA – PAKISTAN
Sikhism is the world’s fifth largest religion. And is one of the younger faiths of the world, as compared with religions like Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity or Islam. It is a monotheistic faith, preaching the existence of only one God, and teaching ideals that may be universally accepted today and in the future.
Pakistan being geo-strategic state is also important for religious tourism, especially with respect to world’s fifth religion, Sikhism. Sikh Religion was founded and then flourished in Punjab of sub-continent, which is now the largest part of Present Pakistan.
The aim of Religious Tourism is not merely Money and Economy Acceleration, but promoting the Soft Image of Pakistan by making possible safe travel of Yatrees during their Yatra and Pilgrimage. One can say it’s a journey of love, peace and interfaith Harmony !
Voyage Planners is looking forward on venture on Sikh Tourism in Pakistan, by providing Tailor-made Tours for Pakistan Sikh Yatra. The hub of Sikh Religion in Pakistan as previously stated is Punjab in which Nankana Sahib, Kartar pur Sahib and Guru Nanak Dev-Ji are famous and important religious attraction for Sikh Yatrees.
History of Sikhism
History of Sikhism revealed from the Historic Gurdwaras in the Pakistan which are important constituents of Sikh Religion. In fact the Sikh religion was founded in subcontinent, which is part of the Pakistan, called Punjab. The Punjab was divided only in 1947 when India and Pakistan were formed. Erstwhile, the whole area was one combined India called Hindustan.
The word ‘Sikh’ in the Punjabi language means ‘disciple’, Sikhs are the disciples of God who follow the writings and teachings of the Ten Sikh Gurus. The wisdom of these teachings in Sri Guru Granth Sahib is practical and universal in their appeal to all mankind.
Sikhism began in Punjab in the fifteenth century. The Indian society at that time was divided into two groups- the Hindus and the Muslims.
The reformers of the Bhakti Movement did try to thin the gulf between the two communities and do away with the blemishes that had crept up in the Hindu society. But still ignorance prevailed. So Guru Nanak felt the need to reform religion and thus he laid the foundation of the Sikh religion.
Nankana Sahib established in the 1490s by first Sikh Guru, Guru Nanak Dev-Ji, Punjab, Pakistan. Nankana Sahib is a city and capital of Nankana Sahib District in the Punjab province of Pakistan. It is named after the first Guru of the Sikhs, Guru Nanak, who was born in the city and first began preaching here.
*Voyage Planners can provide a detailed Sikh Yatra tour to Nankana Sahib.
KARTAR PUR SAHIB
Kartar pur Sahib was established in 1521 by the first Sikh Guru, Guru Nanak Dev-Ji, near River Ravi, Narowal, and Punjab, Pakistan. Gurdwara Durbar Sahib Kartar pur, also called Kartar pur Sahib, is a Gurdwara in Kartar pur, Shakargarh, and Narowal District, Pakistan. It is built on the historic site where Guru Nanak settled and assembled the Sikh commune after his missionary travels.
Currently it is renovating under Kartar-Pur Corridor Project and will be inaugurated in Nov 2019. Around 5000 Yatrees daily will be allowed to visit Kartar pur Sahib.
*Voyage Planners can provide a detailed Sikh Yatra tour to Kartarpur Sahib.
GURDWARAS IN PAKISTAN
A Gurdwara means ‘The gateway to The Guru’. It is a ritual place for Sikhs worship. Everyone within Sikh Religion or other than Sikhism are warmly welcomed and allowed to visit Gurdwaras. The Gurdwara has a Durbar Sahib where the current and everlasting Guru of the Sikhs, the Holy Scripture Guru Granth Sahib is placed on an elevated throne called Takhat in a prominent central position. The Raagis (who sings Ragas) recites sings and explain the verses from the Guru Granth Sahib, in the presence of the holy congregation.
Pakistan considered to be the hub of Sikhism, because of the fact that South to North and East to West of country; all four provinces have important Historic Gurdwaras and Ritual Places which is why Yatrees from all over the globe look towards Pakistan.
Pakistan is lucky to have rich Sikh heritage and out-number of most sacred and historical Gurdwaras of the sub-continent. There are so many Gurdwaras and other Sikh historical places to see in Pakistan that one need quite a long tour to visit all of them.
*Voyage Planners have designed the packages and tours in a way that, one can visit the most important and sacred Gurdwaras in Sikh Yatra and Sikh -pilgrimage to Pakistan.
Gurdwara(s) Details with Places:
1. Nankana Sahib: The birth of the Sikh founder, Baba Guru Nanak Jee.
2. Gurdwara Janam Asthan: Nankana Sahib – This site is ‘Janam Asthan’ meaning ‘Place of Birth’ and childhood home. (Mentioned Below)
3. Gurdwara Bal Lilah: Nankana Sahib – This site is connected with adventures of the early childhood of the Guru.
4. Gurdwara Patti Sahib: Nankana Sahib – ‘Patti’ means ‘Alphabet’ and is the site where Guru Nanak learnt the various different languages and particular the alphabet of these languages.
5. Gurdwara Mall Ji Sahib: Nankana Sahib – This site is connected with adventures of the early childhood of the Guru in particular the events link to the Cobra and Mehta Kalu.
6. Gurdwara Kiara Sahib: Nankana Sahib – This site is where, as a youngster, Guru Nanak used to graze cattle. It is at a distance of about 1.5 km from the Janam Asthan.
7. Gurdwara Tambu Sahib: Nankana Sahib.
8. Gurdwara Guru Hargobind Sahib: Nankana Sahib.
9. Gurdwara Nihang Singhan: Nankana Sahib.
10. Gurdwara Sachcha Sauda: Chuharkana.
11 Gurdwara Panja Sahib: Hasan Abdal – This is the site where Guru Nanak Dev Ji stopped the rock with his hand and the palm print is impressed on the rock.
12 Gurdwara Pehli Patshahi: Lahore.
13 Gurdwara Sri Nank Garh: Lahore.
14 Baoli Sahib Sri Guru Amar Das: Lahore (Roofed Well).
15 Parkash Asthan Sri Guru Ram Das: Lahore.
16 Gurdwara Diwan Khana: Lahore.
17 Dharamshala Sri Guru Ramdas: Lahore.
18 Gurdwara Baoli Sahib Guru Arjan Dev: Lahore.
19 Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartar Pur: Shakargarh.
20 Gurdwara Bhai Budhu Da Awa: Lahore.
21 Gurdwara Lal Khooh: Lahore.
22 Gurdwara Dehra Sahib Sri Guru Arjan Dev: Lahore.
23 Gurdwara Patshahi Chhevin:.
24 Gurdwara Patshahi Chhevin: Muzang.
25 Gurdwara Shikargarh Patshahi Chhevin: Lahore.
26 Shahid Ganj Bhai Taru Singh:
27 Gurdwara Shahid Ganj Sighnian: Lahore.
28 Shahid Ganj Bhai Mani Singh: Lahore.
29 Gurdwara Beri Sahib: Sialkot.
30 Gurdwara Rori Sahib: Eminabad.
31 Gurdwara Chakki Sahib: Eminabad.
32 Gurdwara Khuhi Bhai Lalo: Eminabad.
KHYBER PAKHTUN KHAWA (NWFP)
1 Gurdwara Kali Devi: Dera Ismail Khan.
2 Gurudwara Dharamshala Guru Nanak Dev: Dera Ismail Khan.
3 Gurdwara Chhevin Patshahi: Chitti Gatti, Mansehra.
4 Gurdwara Bhai Joga Singh: Peshawar.
5 Gurdwara Gurhatri: Peshawar.
1. Gurdwara Pehli Pathshahi: Quetta.
2. Gurdwara Tilganji Sahib: Quetta.
1 Sri Guru Nanak Sat Sang Sabha Gurdwara: Aram Bagh, Karachi.
2 Manora Gurdwara, Manora: Karachi.
3 Gurdwara Karachi Sikh Sangat: Ranchore Line, Karachi.
4 Gurdwara Ratan Tala: Near Preedy Police Station, Karachi.
5 Adam Goth Gurdwara: Gulshan-e-Maymar, Karachi.
6 Gurudwara Pehli Patshahi: Justice Kayani Road, Karachi.
7 Gurudwara Pehli Patshahi: Clifton, Karachi.
High Lights on Baisakhi Tour 2020
Baisakhi Mela is a religious Festival in Sikhism, celebrated on April 14 of every year, symbol of the beginning of solar year. All the Sikhs around the world thank Lord for the blessed year and Harvest.
The festival of Baisakhi — also known as Vaisakhi — is one of the most important Sikh festivals, marking the birth of the Sikh faith. It also signifies the start of the Punjabi New Year and beginning of the harvesting season. All the Sikh-Punjabis all over the world wholeheartedly do Baisakhi Celebrations.
Thousands of pilgrims gathered to celebrate the Sikh festival of Baisakhi at the shrines of Panja Sahib and Nankana Sahib, the birthplace of Sikhism founder Guru Nanak Dev, in Pakistan’s Punjab province.
Activities in Baisakhi:
The festival included a parade, hymn singing, distribution of food and baths in the holy water. Pilgrims visited the shrines of Panja Sahib, Nankana Sahib and Kartar pur Sahib.
Main Events of the Baisakhi:
- Visit to Gurudwaras
- Baisakhi/Vaisakhi processions
- Traditional performances
The High-Lights for Baisakhi Tour-2020 are: Main Event on: April 13th,2020, Monday
- a parade,
- hymn singing
- distribution of food
- baths in the holy water
We being host of this Event InshAllah, looking forward to welcome our prestigious Yatrees to come and celebrate the Harvesting Year.
The Pakistan government like every Year has announced plans to open a border crossing directly from the place of worship, connecting Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan’s Narowal district with Dera Baba Nanak in India’s Gurdaspur.
The corridor to facilitate Sikh community in both countries is set to open in November 2019, commemorating the 550th birthday celebrations of Guru Nanak Dev.
“The opening of Kartarpur Corridor is an incredible initiative of Pakistan that could build a bridge between the two countries,” said Ramesh Singh Arora, chairman of Pakistan Sikh Council.
The same Corridor will be for sure operational for Vaisakhi-2020.
Voyage Planners Looking Forward to have on board Sikh Yatrees to be our Clients, in Sikh Ytras, Sikh Pilgrimage and Besakhi Tour-2020.
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