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My Travel Experience to Sri Kartarpur Sahib, Pakistan | Visa-Free Journey

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Hello, My name is Lovepreet Singh, and today I will share my experience visiting the holy Gurdwara Sri Kartarpur Sahib in Pakistan. As I mentioned earlier, Kartarpur Sahib is a Gurdwara dedicated to Guru Nanak Dev Ji, the first Guru of the Sikhs. This is where Guru Nanak Dev Ji spent the last 18 years of his life and attained enlightenment. Later in this blog, I will also provide you with the history of this sacred place, how to travel there, the procedure, and the fees involved. This information will be helpful for you.

Planning the Visit to Sri Kartarpur Sahib, Pakistan

Around 20–25 days ago, on February 11 or 12, 2024, I wanted to celebrate my birthday by visiting Kartarpur Sahib. After researching, I learned about a portal by the Ministry of Home Affairs (Pilgrimage to Sri Kartarpur Sahib), where I had to register and finalize a date for the visit. The minimum gap between registration and the visit date is 15 days, so I applied for February 28, 2024, as my birthday fell on February 19, 2024.

Procedure for Sri Kartarpur Sahib Registration and Documents Required

  1. Visit the Ministry of Home Affairs website (Pilgrimage to Sri Kartarpur Sahib).
  2. Enter your details and apply for registration.
  3. Select your preferred date for the visit. The minimum gap between registration and visit date is 15 days.
  4. Wait for the Estimated Time of Arrival (ETA) approval, which usually takes around 11 days.
  5. Once you receive the ETA, you are ready for the pilgrimage.

The required documents for the visit are:

2Aadhaar CardValid
3COVID-19 test reportValid

Journey to Sri Kartarpur Sahib

On February 27th, I booked the Delhi to Pathankot Express train from Old Delhi Railway Station at 8:15 AM. I reached Batala Junction around 4:30 PM, from where I took a bus to Dera Baba Nanak near the Kartarpur Corridor. I stayed at a Gurdwara Sri Darbar Sahib Dera Baba Nanak that night.

On February 28, I left for the Kartarpur Corridor the next day at 8:15 AM. Since I didn’t have a COVID-19 test report, I got tested at a nearby government hospital. After completing the immigration process, including taking polio drops, I was taken to the Pakistan border (Zero Line) in a golf cart. There, my documents were rechecked, and I submitted a fee of $20 after the currency exchange.
Finally, after completing all the formalities, I was taken to Gurdwara Sri Kartarpur Sahib on a bus.

The experience of entering Pakistan and visiting the Gurdwara was overwhelming and positive. I enjoyed doing darshan, listening to kirtan, and partaking in langar. There is also a market area where I explored and enjoyed the local food and beverages.

History of Sri Kartarpur Sahib

Kartarpur Sahib is located on the banks of the Ravi River, about 120 km from Lahore. Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji Maharaj came to this place in 1521 AD and established a town called Kartarpur Sahib. Guru Nanak Dev Ji stayed here for 18 years until his enlightenment in 1539 AD.

He composed many hymns, including Rahras Sahib, during the Asa period, and gave three sermons to the Sangat. Guru Nanak Dev Ji also cultivated land with his own hands. He practised the principles of ‘Naam Japo’ (chanting God’s name), ‘Kirat Karo’ (earning an honest living), and ‘Vand Chhako’ (sharing with others).

After enlightenment, a dispute arose between Sikhs and Muslims regarding Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s last rites. As per the decision, the chador and flowers were equally divided, and both communities performed their respective rituals.

The Sikhs cremated their share and built a Samadh, while the Muslims buried their share and constructed a mausoleum. Both of these structures exist at the site, and devotees from different religions visit this place to pay their respects.

Significance of Hymns

During his 18-year stay at Kartarpur Sahib from 1521 to 1539, Guru Nanak Dev Ji composed many important hymns and banis (compositions) that are part of the Guru Granth Sahib, the holy scripture of Sikhism. Some of the significant hymns include:

  1. Rahras Sahib is an evening prayer composed during the Asa period (early morning).
  2. Aarti and Sohila: Prayer recited at bedtime.
  3. Many couplets, poems, and verses express the principles of Naam Japo, Kirat Karo, and Vand Chhako.

These hymns and banis by Guru Nanak Dev Ji form the spiritual and philosophical foundation of Sikhism. They emphasize concepts like remembering God, honest living, sharing with others, and equality for all humans. The verses from Kartarpur Sahib are highly revered in the Sikh tradition.

Here Are the images I clicked

I hope you found this article informative and inspiring. Thank you for reading, and I express my gratitude to God for this beautiful experience.

SEO Lovepreet Singh is a skilled digital marketing professional  He has a strong interest in learning and enjoys sharing his knowledge on education, technology, digital marketing, and wellness through his writing. Singh has a passion for music, technology gadgets, and travel.

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