Kartarpur Corridor


Kartarpur Corridor Travel Guide

The beautiful building of Baba Guru Nanak’s Shrine, KartarpurGuide

In a Glimpse:

The Kartarpur Corridor is a convenient visa-free border crossing that connects Pakistan’s Gurudwara Darbar Sahib to India’s border. Sikh worshipers from India can finally visit the Gurudwara in Kartarpur. On 28th November 2018, the foundation stone was laid, and the corridor was established by 9th November 2019. On the 550th anniversary of Baba Guru Nanak’s birth, Pakistan granted the Sikh community the opportunity to visit and pray in Guru Nanak’s temple, which had previously been a dream. The Kartarpur corridor stretches from Punjab’s Dera Baba Nanak shrine to Pakistan’s Punjab province’s Narowal district’s Gurdwara Sri Kartarpur Sahib. The passageway is only for visiting the Gurudwara. Visitors are not permitted to leave the region and travel further into Pakistan.

Kartarpur’s History:

Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji, the founder of Sikhism, spent the last 18 years of his life at Gurdwara Sri Kartarpur Sahib. After India’s partition in 1947, access to the Gurudwara was restricted. It is indeed the most sacred of all the shrines of the Sikh community.

Corridor’s Significance:

Sikh pilgrims from India always had to take a bus to Lahore to get to Kartarpur before the corridor was built. People on the Indian side of the border, on the other hand, could directly see the Gurudwara from an elevated platform on the Indian side. With the completion of this corridor, 5,000 Indian pilgrims would visit Gurudwara daily without requiring a visa.

Climate/Weather Condition:

The temperature in Kartarpur, in summers, is seemingly hot, around 37.9°C, and is cold in winters around the average of 11.5°C. On the other hand, spring is pleasant, with cool breezes and an average temperature of 19.9°C. Therefore, it is best to visit Kartarpur when the Sikh pilgrims are over here in Pakistan so that you can see that the corridor’s purpose is served to its fullest. Moreover, it is also that time of the year when the weather is quite pleasant. However, if you want to visit the corridor in isolation, you can see it at any time of the year, but winters would be a preferably better choice.

How to get there:

Via India

● Foreigners cannot access Kartarpur through the corridor; only Indian passport holders and OCI holders are permitted. Furthermore, Indians of any religion are welcome to visit; it is not required to be a Sikh, but all visitors must register online. Sikh pilgrims from India used to have to travel a bus from Lahore to Kartarpur, a 125-kilometer (78-mile) trip.

The visitors from India are lined up to visit the Shrine from inside

Via Pakistan

● You can visit Kartarpur Corridor at any time if you are in Pakistan. To go to Kartarpur, you must take the Sialkot-Lahore highway. Take the new Narowal-Lahore road from there. Then turn right into Shakargarh Road, which will take you to Kartarpur.

● The distance between Islamabad and Kartarpur is 456 kilometers, and it takes about 6 hours to reach there.

● The distance between Lahore and Kartarpur is 136 kilometers, and the journey takes less than three hours.

● By road, the distance between Karachi and Kartarpur is 1,315 kilometers. You’ll arrive at your destination in around 17 hours. You could also take a plane.

What to Do in Kartarpur Corridor:

It’s a must to see the following in Kartarpur Corridor;

Deewan hall

Sri Guru Granth Sahib is exemplified and recited aloud to the audience in this place.

Kheti sahib

Guru Sahib’s farms were located here.

Sarowar sahib

For devotees, there is a bathing pond.

Langar Hall

Free food is served at this dining hall.

Khoo sahib

Guru Sahib used this well to water his farms.

Kartarpur Gurudwara

Even though the entire campus is well-designed, the Gurudwara building is the best. This Gurudwara is Pakistan’s most prominent Gurudwara. And as for its significance, it was here that Sikhism’s first guru passed away in 1539.

 A glimpse of Guru Nanak Shrine, Kartarpur

The hospitality of the People and Culture:

Punjabis make up the majority of the population, who speak Punjabi and Urdu. Some people speak English as a third language. The majority of the ethnic groupings are Gurjars, Rajputs, and Jats. Gujjar Muslims make up the majority of the population. The individuals who live there are pretty friendly and welcoming. There is a rural Punjabi culture prevalent and practiced there.

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