81-km via Nahan, Sirmour District
Houses: Gurudwara Paonta
Sahib and Paonta Fort
Famous As A: Sikh Pilgrimage
Sahib, a city sacred to the memory of Guru Gobind
Singh, the tenth Guru of the Sikhs, is also a bustling
township with growing industries. It retains tangibly
memorials to the martial Guru in the form of his
weapons and a majestic Gurudwara and recalls his
presence even in the name of the city which is derived
from "paon" meaning "foot" either
because he set foot in this place or according to an
alternative story, because he lost an ornament which
he wore on his foot called a "paonta" while
bathing in the river Yamuna which flows here.
Overlooking the river is the Gurudwara where Guru
Gobind Singh held court and wrote the major portion of
the "Dassam Granth". The Guru also built the
Paonta Fort in over hundred acres of land, which
housed not only his followers, but as many as 46
famous poets. Regular poetry reading sessions and
symposiums were organised to encourage the sort form.
The guru left Paonta Sahib after the battle of
Bhangani with Raja Fateh Shah, in which he defeated
the errant ruler's army after thirty days of battle.
by a sal forest and on the banks of river Yamuna, the
historic town of Paonta Sahib (350m) was founded by a
tenth sikh guru, Guru Gobind Singh. When only 16
years old, the Guru left Anandpur Sahib and on the
invitation of Raja Maidini Prakash of Sirmour, lived at
this beautiful spot for over four years. The
historic gurudwara commemorates his stay and
interestingly the water of the Yamuna fall silent below
this- which happened at the Guru's behest. The old
'Paonta' means 'Space for a foothold'.
Paonta Sahib is connected by road. From
paontasahibji it is 81 km via Nahan and 60 km via
Rajban. From Dehradun, it is 44 km. The
closest railheads are at Ambala and Dehradun. The
nearest airports are at Chandigarh and Dehradun.
Taxis/buses are available for Paonta Sahib at all
In winter, the temperature can hover around freezing
point when heavy woollens are required. Summer
temperature are high and cottons are recommended.
PAONTA SAHIB: This site was Guru Gobind Singh's
home for over four years and it was here that he wrote
the Dasam Granth. Within its precincts are the Sri
Tlab Asthan where he disbursed salaries and the Sri
Dastar Asthan were he judged the turban -tying
competitions. At the Kavi Darbar Asthan poetic
symposia were held. There is also a memorial to
Kalpi Rishi and a museum that displays pens of the Guru
and weapons of the time.
TEMPLE: This ancient
shrine is immediately below the gurudwara and is
dedicated to the goddess Yamuna.
TIRGARH SAHIB (22 km): This
is built on the hillock from where Guru Gobind Singh
shot arrows at the enemy.
BHANGANI SAHIB (23 km): This
commemorates Guru Gobind Singh's first battle when he
defeated Raja Fateh Sahib and his allies..
TEMPLE, PATLIAN (4.5 km): Surrounded
by fields and sal trees, the linga in this temple is
supposed to be steadily increasing in size.
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.
Paonta Sahib and also 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 Partap Chand of Kangra by his wife who
originally belonged to Sirmour. The Kirpal Dass
Gurudwara is just part of the temple.
SHERGARH SAHIB (12 km): At
this spot Guru Gobind Singh beheaded a dangerous
man-eating tiger with a single swipe of this sword.
WILDLIFE SANCTUARY: 12
km off the main Paonta Sahib Nahan road, this is known
for a variety of bird life.
(16 km): 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 11th century, when it was cursed by a
TEMPLE (16 km): Built
in a hollow near the village of Puruwallia, this temple
is closely allied with the legend of Sirmour's erstwhile
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 maruding armies of Ghulam Qadir Khan
(45 km): Built in a
series of interlocking circles, this charming town was
funded by Raja Karan Prakash of Sirmour in 1621.
It has numerous pleasing walks, several temples, a
gurudwara and interesting architecture - including many
PARK SAKETI (60 km): 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.
TEMPLE, TRILOKPUR (63 km):
Legend has it that the Devi's pindi appeared in the bag
of slot brought by a local trader. The
temple built by Raja Deep Parkash of Sirmour in 1573.
close by is a recently built Shiva Temple.
AND FISHING: The
most popular trek in the area is to the 3,647m high
Choordhar - which poetically translates as the
"Mountain of the silver bangle". HPTDC also
organises Trekking Package from its Marketing Office,
Chandigarh. Tel.No. 91-172-708569, Fax No.
is possible on the Giri and Yamuna rivers near Paonta
Tourism's Hotel Yamuna has an unparalleled location.
It is barely hundred metres from the Gurudwara and
overlooks the river. A specious lawn bordered by
tall trees gives it considerable charm and character.
Hotel Yamuna, Paonta Sahib (HP) 173025. Tel:
rooms are airy, spacious, decently furnished and
have attached baths with running hot and cold water.
service. Laundry and dry-cleaning arranged.
within premises. Taxis arranged.
Serves Indian, Chinese and Himachal Cuisine.