Gurdaspur is a city in the state of Punjab, situated in the northwest part of the Republic of India, between the rivers Beas and Raavi, 10 km from the international border between India and Pakistan. It houses the administrative headquarters of Gurdaspur District and is in the geographical center of the district, being situated on the Amritsar – Jammu National Highway, 36 km from Pathankot and 32 km from Batala. Head offices of all district departments are located in Batala and Gurdaspur. Gurdaspur city was named after Mahant Guriya das Ji. Emperor Akbar was crowned at Kalanaur, which is 26 km from the city. Behrampur town, where the Maqbara (mausoleum) of Bairam Khan is situated, is 10 km away. Dinanagar town, which was the capital of the kingdom of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, is 12 km away. The well-known woolen mill located in Dhariwal, is also 12 km from the city. If you are in Gurdaspur then visit the places mentioned below for sure.
Dera Baba Nanak
Located 45km west of Gurdaspur, Dera Baba Nanak is a city on the banks of river Ravi, famous for housing two prominent gurudwaras viz. Sri Darbar Sahib and Sri Chola Sahib. The city holds great religious significance for Sikhs and is flooded with pilgrims throughout the year. Guru Nanak Dev, the first Sikh guru, was the one after whom the town was built and named. There are still many areas that remain unchanged since the time of Guru Nanak Dev. Gurudwara Sri Darbar Sahib was built in honor of the Sikh Guru, upon his return after his first Udasi in 1515 AD. The Indo-Pak border is located just 1 km from here.
Shahpur Kandi Fort
The Shahpur Kandi Fort, nestled at the foot of the Himalayas, is seven kilometers away from Pathankot City. The fort offers a view of the Ravi River. It was built under the benefaction of Bhao Singh in the 16th century, who named it after Mughal Emperor Shahjahan. Lately, it has been transformed into a rest house.
An ancient temple located in the town of Kalanaur, Mahakaleshwar temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and has a Shivalinga in the horizontal form. It is the only temple of Lord Shiva all over the country, where the Shivalinga has been placed horizontally.
Ranjit Sagar Dam
One of the enchanting places of the city, Ranjit Sagar Dam is the biggest hydroelectric project in the state of Punjab and is also the highest earth-fill dam in India. It is situated on the River Ravi and is popular as Thein Dam.
The Fish Park, with the statue of a fish in the center, is a popular hangout place. The site is frequented by people mainly during the morning and evening hours, for exercising, walking or relaxing. Tourists can also savor some local delicacies sold at the park.
Thada Sahib is also known by the name of Palki Sahib. It is said that Guru Nanak Dev arrived here in 1515 after his first preaching to meet his family. The place is also significant as Guruji had a vital discussion with Baba Ajita Randhawa here.
Sarji Sahib is a place where a well of Baba Ajita Randhawa was established, which is off late present in the form of a Baoli. Guru Nanak Dev used to meditate and preach by the well. Baba Ajita Randhawa received the teachings of Sikhism at this place.
The village of Gurdas Nangal is associated with the last battle fought by Banda Singh Bahadar against the Mughals. It is located at a distance of around seven kilometers west of Gurdaspur City. Bhai Duni Chand’s Haveli, earlier known by the name of Bande Wali Theh is around one mile from the village of Gurdas Nangal.
This age-old temple is situated just opposite to the Gurdwara Shri Achal Sahib on the fringes of Chahal and Salho villages. Based on the writings on the board of the temple it is believed that this temple belongs to the Satyuga period and is devoted to Lord Kartik, the son of Goddess Parvati and Lord Shiva.