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Travel Guide for Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur

Feb 20th 2020 at 3:57 AM

 

Ahead of 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev Ji, on 9th November, 2019, India and Pakistan opened their international borders and gifted Sikh community all over the world an easy access to Gurdwara Darbar Sahib, Kartarpur. For every Sikh, it is a historical step being taken by both the nations which will bring them close to their Guru Nanak Dev Ji. Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with other prominent personalities like Former PM Dr. Manmohan Singh, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, Former Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal, Union minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal and Gurdaspur MLA Sunny Deol, inaugurated the Passenger Terminal Building and flag off first ‘Jatha’ for Kartarpur Corridor. Kartarpur Corridor connects Dera Baba Nanak Sahib, India with Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur in Pakistan. Following are some questions being answered that you might have regarding Gurudwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur.

Why Gurdwara Darbar Sahib is so prominent to Sikhs?

Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur is the place where Guru Nanak Ji, founder of Sikhism lived last 18 years of his life and laid down the foundation of this Gurdwara in 1522. Nanak Ji disseminated the principles of contributing to humanity, on which Sikhism is being practiced throughout the world by the Sikh Community. He died in the year 1539 in Kartarpur and left his legacy of doing well to humankind in hearts of every Sikh devotee. Now, after divine efforts of both the nations, it is accessible for everyone to visit the place where around 500 years ago Nanak Ji settled beside Ravi River after his missionary work and indulge himself in farming. This Gurudwara is approximately four kilometers from India- Pakistan Border and earlier pilgrims were required to get visa approval to visit this serene place. There used to be a ‘viewing point’ constructed in Dera Baba Nanak sahib for pilgrims who could not afford to go, can look at the shrine through binoculars. After Kartarpur Corridor being inaugurated, 5000 pilgrims are permitted to visit Gurdwara and 10, 000 on special days like Guruparb.

How to apply?

After the inauguration of Kartarpur Corridor, this holy place is easily accessible to its devotees. You have to fill a form online on https://prakashpurb550.mha.gov.in where you can check which date is available to travel as restricted number of pilgrims can visit Gurdwara in a day, which has been decided by Pakistan Government. You will be required to fill up information like Passport number, Date of Expiry, D.O.B, Aadhaar Number, Residential address etc. in the form. Please note, online registration does not approve your travel to Gurdwara Darbar Sahib. You have to wait for approval of your travel by the government.

When will you get approval?

After online registration on given website with correct information, one will receive the conformation four days prior to their selected date of journey through SMS on the registered number. Once you get approval of travel, print ETA (Electronic Travel Approval) for which registered phone number and passport number will be required. One must carry ETA at the time of their journey for verification.

Do we need to have passport to travel?

As per the guidance being provided by the Pakistan Government, pilgrims have to acquire passport to visit Gurdwara Darbar Sahib. However, Visa application has been waived off for smoother travel of devotees to this divine place. Even passport condition is also going through bilateral agreements between both nations but till then you need your passport number at the time of online registration and have to carry it through your journey as a proof of identification.

As Guru Nanak Ji taught us about Vand Chakko, Kirat Karo and Naam Japna, it is our needful to follow his teachings and make this world a better place to live. For your excursion to Kartarpur book your flight tickets to Amritsar from domestic flight ticket booking app of EaseMyTrip.

 

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