Best places to visit and things to do in India and South-East Asia
The Harimandir Sahib is considered holy by Sikhs. The holiest text of Sikhism, the Guru Granth Sahib, is present inside the gurdwara during daytime and the holy book goes for Sukhasan during the night time. Its construction was mainly intended to build a place of worship for men and women from all walks of life and all religions to come and worship God equally.
Hemkund Sahib, Valley Of Flowers
Hemkund Sahib is considered to be world’s highest gurudwara and Valley of Flowers is one of the most breathtaking meadows located on the Upper Himalayas. A trek to both the destinations is a delightful experience and adds to your quest for inner peace. Since both of them are located in the Chamoli district, the starting point is from Gobindghat and the base camp is same at Ghangaria. After visiting Hemkund Sahib, the trek to Valley of Flowers is approximately 3 km. The entire journey is full of breathtaking sceneries, absolute tranquility and full of solace. The trek is a bit steep at some points but overall it is an easy one. The best time to go on for this will be June to September when the nature is at its full blossom. So, enjoy the serenity of the trek with a pinch of adventure.
It lies deftly on the banks of Parvati River, Manikaran Sahib is a huge Gurudwara tucked between imposing hills and a fierce Beas. The high point of the Manikaran Sahib is the hot spring located within the premises of the Gurdwara. The devout takes a dip here to wash out their sins and illnesses away as the spring water is believed to have healing properties. The ‘Langar’ i.e is food served is delicious, wholesome and of course free.
Gurudwara Bangla Sahib
The Gurudwara Bangla Sahib in Delhi is one of the prime places of worship for the Sikh. The 8th Sikh guru, Guru Har Kishan Singh is said to have cured people infected with smallpox and cholera, with giving them water from a tank. That tank still exists today inside the premises of the gurudwara. Originally a bungalow owned by Raja Jai Singh, this place of worship attracts thousands of visitors today. According to the protocols of the gurudwara, an individual’s hair must be covered and he must be shoeless. There are people who assist tourists with head scarves. Proper toilet and parking facilities are available. This place looks art its absolute best at night, when brilliant lighting illuminates the structure of the gurudwara. Known as one of the holiest sites of pilgrimage for the Sikhs, people should definitely miss out on a visit to this destination.
Takht Sri Harmandir Sahib Ji
Takht Sri Patna Sahib is one of the most sacred places for Sikhs. It is one of the 5 Takhtss of Sikhism. Takht Sri Harmandir Sahib Ji is a beautiful Gurudwara situated at a distance of 20 kilometers from Patna. The Gurudwara was built in the remembrance of the birthplace of Guru Govind Singh Ji, the 10th and the last Guru of Sikh community. The Patna Sahib Gurudwara is built beautifully in the Sikh style of architecture. The Gurudwara of Patna city also houses a museum where some relics of Guru Govind Singh Ji are preserved. The museum houses the gilded cradle used by Guru Govind Singh Ji. It also displays iron arrows, sacred sword and sandals, swing and Sikh paintings, small iron kanda, earthen goli and a wooden comb used by him. The 350th birth centenary of Guru Govind Singh Ji was celebrated in January 2017 which witnessed more than lakhs of Sikh devotees from all over the globe. The Government of Bihar and Gurudwara committee worked day and night to make the necessary arrangements of free accommodation, transport and langar. A temporary tent city spanning over 75 acres was set up for this.
Shri Datun Sahib
In the center of the Leh city, the ancient and sacred ‘Datun Tree’, well known as the Shri Datun(Miswak) Sahib. It is believed Shri Guru Nanak ji has planted this tree during is missionary travel or Udasis to Ladakh. Today the Guru’s sapling has grown to be the biggest tree in the city. Regardless of the religion, this place is highly respected among the residents as it is supposed to be the oldest and biggest tree in the city. This venerated tree is located in the city’s main bazar at the rear of its main mosque.
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