Paonta Sahib is a historical city of Himachal Pradesh famous for the Sikhs and Hindu pilgrims. Situated amidst lush green forests of Sal trees, the city of Paonta Sahib gives panoramic view of the region. A large number of devotees travel to Paonta Sahib to witness the teaching of Guru Gobind Singh.
The town covers an area of 350 meters and was established by Guru Gobind Singh, the Tenth Sikh guru. The word Paonta refers to “space for a foothold”. From Renukunj, Paonta Sahib is colligated by road. The nearest airports to this town are at Chandigarh and Dehradun. In winters, temperature oscillates around freezing point and in summer, temperature is usually high. Gurudwara Paonta Sahib is a famous and most holy Gurudwara in the town of Paonta Sahib. It is located on the banks of Yamuna River. Guru Gobind Singh’s weapons and this magistic gurudwara holds back palpable memories of Guru Gobind Singh. It is easily accessible from Nahan and Dehradun which is 45 km and 180 km from Shimla.
In winter, the temperature: can hover around freezing point when heavy woollens are required. Summer temperatures are high and cottons are recommended.
Travel Attractions in Paonta Sahib
Gurudwara Paonta Sahib : It is the most important and famous pilgrimage of the Sikhs in Paonta Sahib. The tenth Sikh Guru Govind Singh Ji lived in this Gurudwara for four years and during his stay he wrote the ‘Dasam Granth’. Within the boundary of the Gurudwara lies the Shri Talab Asthan, a place where he would distribute salaries. Sri Dastar Asthan is another venue inside the Gurudwara where interesting competitions such as turban tying were held and judged by Guru Govind Singh. The Gurudwara is also houses a monument established in memory of Kalpi Rishi. The museum inside the Gurudwara has a collection of the pens of the Guru and also the weapons of the bygone era.
Yamuna Temple : Located near the Gurudwara Paonta Sahib, the Yamuna Temple is a beautiful temple dating back to the ancient time. Dedicated to the goddess Yamuna, the temple is visited by devotees from far and wide.
Gurudwara Bhangani Sahib(23 km)
This commemorates Guru Gobind Singh’s first battle when he defeated Raja Fateh Shah and his allies.
Gurudwara Tirgarhi Sahib(22km)
This is built on the hillock from where Guru Gobind Singh shot arrows at the enemy.
Nagnauna Temple(16 km)
Built in a hollow near the village of Puruwalla, this temple is closely allied with the legend of Sirmour’s erstwhile ruling house.
Gurudwara Shergah Sahib(22km)
At this spot Guru Gobind Singh beheaded a dangerous man-eating tiger with a single swipe of his sword.
Built in a series of interlocking circles, this charming town was founded by Raja Karan Prakash of Sirmour in 1621. It has numerous pleasing walks, several temples, a gurudwara and interesting architecture – including many old palaces.
Fossil Park, Saketi(60km)
This was the site of the largest fossil find in the Siwalik hills. The park has a museum and life-size models of the animals that once roamed these tracts.
Shiva Temple, Patlian(4.5 km)
Surrounded by fields and sal trees, the linga in this temple is supposed to be steadily increasing in size.
Katasan Devi Temple(30 km)
Also known as Uttam Wala Bara Ban, this is on the Paonta Sahib – Nahan road. The shrine is revered by local people. At this spot, the forces of Sirmour defeated the marauding armies of Ghulam Qadir Khan Rohiolla.
Here are the remains of the old capital of the princely state of Sirmour. The town is said to have been destroyed by flood in the 11 th century, when it was cursed by a dancing girl.
Balasundari Temple,Trilokpur (63km)
Legend has it that the Devi’s ‘pindi’ appeared in the bag of salt brought by a local trader. The temple built by Raja Deep Parkash of Sirmour in 1573. Close by is a recently built Shiva temple.
Within Paonta Sahib and alsc known as the `Mandir Shri Dei Ji Sahiba’, this is located near the Yamuna bridge. With exquisite marble work, this was built in 1889 in memory of Raja Part Hand of Sangria by his wife who originally belonged to Sirmour. The Krill Dass Gurudwara is just past the temple.
Simbalwara Wildlife Sanctuary
12 km of the main Paonta Sahib – Nahan road, this is known for a variety of bird life .
Shrine of Baba Garib Nath(8 km)
Located in a sal forest and with an excellent view of the area, the shrine is revered by childless women.
4 km. from Paonta Sahib. This beautiful lake has all facilities like speed boats, rowing, paddle and sailing boats. In addition, one can enjoy water skiing and hovercraft rides. A fast food restaurant is also available.
Accommodations in Paonta Sahib
The cheapest hotels in Paonta Sahib cost between Rs.500 and Rs.800. Mid range hotels come up to around Rs. 3000. Luxury resorts that provide independent cottages and camps can be ever costlier. The hotels in Paonta Sahib offer all the services tourists require to ensure a comfortable stay. All hotels have laundry service, running hot and cold water, room service and a doctor on call throughout the day. Some hotels have power backup facilities that provide tourists with uninterrupted power supply. Cable television and telephone lines are also available. Wireless internet access can be requested.
How to reach Paonta Sahib
By Air : The nearest airports are at Chandigarh and Dehradun.
By Rail : The closest railheads are at Ambala and Dehradun.
By Road : Paonta Sahib is connected by road. From Renukaji it is 81 km via Nahan and 60 km via Rajban. From Dehradun, it is 44 km. Taxis/buses are available for Paonta Sahib at all places.
Paonta Sahib Map