Located at a height of 389 meters in Himachal Pradesh, to the south of Sirmour district, is a small town called Paonta Sahib, named after the famous Gurudwara Paonta Sahib. It is an important industrial town and holds great religious significance for the Sikhs. Gurudwara Paonta Sahib is located on the banks of river Yamuna, which forms a boundary between Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh.
Paonta Sahib experiences a sub-tropical climate. The summers are hot and winters are slightly cold. It receives low to medium rainfall. One can visit Paonta Sahib throughout the year.
How to Reach
- By Rail – Dehradun is the nearest railway station and it is 45 kms from Paonta Sahib. Yamunanagar is the other railway station which is 56 kms away from Paonta Sahib. Both railway stations are well-connected to all major cities of India.
- By Air – Jolly Grant Airport and Jubbarhatti Airport are the nearby airports and they are 70 kms and 145 kms from Paonta Sahib and one can hire a cab from there. Both airports are well-connected to all major cities.
- By Road – NH-72 passes through Paonta Sahib. One can get buses from Dehradun, Chandigarh and Rishikesh.
Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth Sikh guru, came here on his horse. The horse is believed to have stopped here and Guru Gobind Singh stayed here for some time. During his stay, he wrote religious books for Sikhs. After this he went to establish the Khalsa Panth at Anandpur Sahib. The name Paonta Sahib has also been derived from here, since ‘Paon’ means feet. There is a museum in the Gurudwara and one can find Guru Gobind Singh’s weapons in this museum.
Places Near Paonta Sahib
Places that can be visited near Paonta Sahib include Mussourie, Dehradun. Haridwar, Rishikesh, Kasuali, Chandigarh, Kufri and Shimla.