Introduction: Pakistan is a country where different religious and ethnic communities live side by side in peace and harmony. For the Sikh community a pilgrimage to Pakistan has great spiritual significance because Baba Guru Nanak was born & lived here and Maharaja Ranjit Singh rose to glory.Â Nankana Sahib, the oldest and the most revered of all Sikh Gurdwaras, is located here in Punjab – Pakistan.Â It is at the Lahore Museum where one of the oldest manuscripts of Guru Granth sahib is placed. It is in Pakistan, 65 km north of Lahore, the provincial capital of Punjab, at Gujranwala where to this day, the birth place of the greatest Sikh ruler, Maharaja Ranjit Singh remains preserved. It is here in Lahore that his Samadhi is located. There are other equally compelling reasons to come; the shrines of all the famous Punjabi poets from Baba Farid to Khawaja Ghulam Farid are located in Pakistan. It is a feeling commonly expressed by a majority if Sikh visitors that the well maintained Sikh Gurdwaras reflect the care taken by the Pakistani government and the people. Destination Pakistan touches every Sikhâ€™s heart.
Day 1 Lahore – PakistanÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â
Transfer via: International flight upon arrival at Lahore airport or Whaga border, our local guide will meet & assist and escort to hotel.
In the afternoon Yatra at Dera Sahib and visit to Gurdwara of Guru Arjan Dev, Samadhi of Sher-e-Punjab Maharaja Ranjit Singh, Sikh Museum at Lahore Fort, Baradari & Badshahi Mosque and visit to Gurdawara Chauthi patshahi, the Janam Asthan of the fourth Guru in Chuna Mandi â€œChhevin Patshahiâ€ Shaheed Ganj and Samadhi of Bhai Taru Singh – Overnight Lahore.
Dera Sahib: The collection of the buildings to the west, facing the entrance of the Lahore Fort, is known as Sikh Enclave or Dera Sahib, only the Sikh Yatries are allowed to enter this place. Dera Sahib has two very important monuments of Lahore, one is the tomb of Guru Arjun Dev jee, and other is the tomb of Mahraja Ranjit Singh.
Tomb of Guru Arjan Dev Jee: Guru Arjan, the fifth Guru, made Amristar the rendezvous of the Sikhs and compiled the Adi Granth, the holy books containing the sacred scriptures of the Sikh. Guru Arjan Singh helped Khusro, the rebel son of Jahangir. His disciples affirm that the Guru, having obtained permission to bathe, himself disappeared miraculously into the water of Ravi, which thereafter flowed to this place. His tomb with a fluted and gilded dome dates from the time of Mahraja Ranjit Singh.
Samadhi of Maharaja Ranjit Singh: Ranjit Singh is famous as â€œSher-e-Punjabâ€ in the history of the subcontinent. He ruled over Punjab from 1799-1839 AD. From a very young age he proved himself to be a man of extreme personal courage. He organized a strong and disciplined army, with strong and powerful artillery.
The rest of the day is free at own leisure, individual activities or purchase for â€œLangarâ€ â€“ Overnight hotel in Lahore.
Day 2 Lahore – Nankana = 98 km; 3 hours traveling Â
FDSS tour to Guru Ka Darshan at Nankana Sahib. Yatra at Gurdwara Janam asthan and other holy places associated with Guru Nanak Sahib and Guru Arjan Dev Sahib. Gurdawars Balila, Patti Sahib, Tambo Sahib, Malji SahibÂ Â Â & Kiara Sahib – Overnight Lahore.
Nankana Sahib: At Nankana, there are two main Sikh temples or Gurdwaras; Ba Lila where Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikh religion spent his childhood, and Janamasthan -Â where he is believed to have been born. The latter houses sacred relics belonging to the Guru. Thrice a year, on Besakhi (April), Death anniversary of Maharaja Ranjit Singh (June) and Birthday of Guru Nanak Dev (November), Sikh Yatries visit these holy places in thousands. Apart from these two main Gurdwaras, Nankana Sahib has some other religious attractions like Gurdwaras Maulvi Patti Sahib, Tambu Sahib, Kaira Sahib and Nahang Singh Chhauni.
Baba Guru Nanak Jee: Guru Nanak Jee (1469-1539 AD) was born in a village known as Talwandi Rai Bhoe. It belonged to Bhatti, and Rajput cheieftain who became a friend and admirer of Baba Nanak. Nanak Jee was a strict monotheist believing in the one and only God. He liked the Muslims, rejected the Hindu caste system and preached the equality and brotherhood of mankind.
Day 3 Lahore-Sheikhpura-EimanabadÂ = 65 km; 3 hours traveling Â
FDSS tour to Sacha Sauda, Sheikhpura Fort & Eimanabad – Overnight Lahore.
Sacha Sauda: In order to engage Guru Nanak Dev Jee in worldly affairs, his father, who was a revenue accountant, gave his son twenty rupees to purchase profitable merchandise for setting up a shop. â€œMake good, profitable bargainâ€, the father advised. While passing near Churkana (Farooqabad), 20 km northeast of Talwandi Rai Bhoi, a little short of their destination, Nanak and his brother came across a group of Sadhus, naked and hungry. Nanak Jee at once decided to feed them and despite his brotherâ€™s advice, purchased edibles with the whole amount and distributed the same amongst the mystics. When he returned home empty handed, Guru Nanakâ€™s father rebuked him for squandering his precious cash, but he calmly answered, â€œYou had wanted me to make Khara Sauda therefore I could not think of better, a more genuine â€œSaudaâ€ than the one I have made. The Gurdawara established during the Sikh rule is on the same spot where the Sadhus were entertained â€“ thus it has become a great source of inspiration hence very important place for Sikh Yatries.
Gurdwara Rori Sahib & Chaki Sahib: Guru Nanak Dev Jee, during his stay at this place, had made his bed on a platform of Rori (pebbles). Later, this became a place of veneration and a Gurdwara was built here.
Â Day 4 Lahore Â Â Â Â Â
HDSS tour to Lahore Museum, Shalimar Garden and Shrine of Mian Mir Sahib, the Muslim saint who laid the foundation stone of Golden Temple Amritsar. Afternoon free for individual activities & shopping or optional tour to Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur en route Muridkey Narowal. Overnight Lahore.
Day 5 LahoreÂ Â Â Â Â
Transfer via International flight or through the Wagha boarder to sweet home. Free in the day until our local guide escorts you to the airport for catching flight or to the Wagha boarder.