Paonta Sahib

A small town located in the southern part of Himachal Pradesh’s Sirmour district, Paonta Sahib is famous for the Gurudwara the town is named after. Another facet that is integral to the town’s identity apart from the religious significance is the rise of industries. It is situated at a distance of close to 180 km from Shimla, which is the capital city of the state of Himachal Pradesh. It is surrounded by the Sal forests.

Paonta Sahib is located around the banks of the holy river Yamuna, which separates the states of Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand by forming the boundary between them. The average elevation at which the town stands is about 389 m. National Highway 72 runs across the town. Four cities from four different states are in close proximity to this town. They are Yamunanagar from Haryana, Dehradun from Uttarakhand, Saharanpur from Uttar Pradesh, and Nahan from Himachal Pradesh itself. It is at a distance of 44 km from Dehradun.

Paonta Sahib is a developing industrial town which supports up and coming industries as well as provides base for established ones. Among the major industries that have been set up in the town are Mankind Pharma and Ranbaxy Private Limited- related to pharmaceuticals, Cement Corporation of India and Rajban- related to the cement industry, Mushroom Factory- related to food and chemicals, Oswal group’s spinning mills and Malwa cotton- related to the textile industry.

The sacred gurudwara of Paonta Sahib holds great religious as well as historic significance and is the prime attraction of the town in terms of both tourists and pilgrims. It is one of the most important places for Sikhs and other religion believers alike and is quite integral to Sikhism, since it honours the sacred memory of the 10th Guru of the Sikhs, Guru Gobind Singh. Different versions speak different stories about the name ‘Paonta Sahib’. Legend has it that Guru Gobind Singh stayed here for five years and wrote important religious books relating to Sikhism. As a parallel legend goes, the Guru lost an ornament he would wear around his foot while taking a bath in the Yamuna River and that ornament was called ‘Paonta’. Various kinds of weapons and traditional stuff belonging to Guru Gobind Singh are kept for safe display to eager believers.

Paonta Sahib is also among the more educated towns of the state as well as the country. The average literacy rate of the town, at 76 per cent, is much higher than the national average literacy rate. Gender-wise, 79 per cent of the male population is literate while 72 per cent of the female population is literate.

Places to See in Paonta Sahib

  • Paonta Sahib Gurudwara- The famous gurudwara is by far the prime attraction of the town that takes its name after the gurudwara. It holds great religious significance as it honours the memory of Guru Gobind Singh- the 10th Guru of the Sikhs, who stayed here for a few years. Architecturally and visually striking, this Gurudwara stands steady on the banks of the Yamuna River. It attracts tourists and pilgrims from far and wide.
  • Paonta Sahib museum- The museum is much frequented by tourists and pilgrims, as it houses and puts on safe display the weapons, artifact and antiques belonging to Guru Gobind Singh and used by him during his stay in Paonta Sahib.
  • Qila Lohgarh- Situated around 25 km from the town, the place was once the center of Baba Banda Bahadur Bairagi. The Khalsa coin was started from this very place by Baba Banda Bahadur Bairagi.
  • Kafota- Around 42 km from Paonta Sahib, standing at an elevation of 1,804 m, Kafota is a scenic place with great surroundings. It is the perfect place to unwind and have fun in a picnic. A PWD Rest House in the area offers great stay options. It has Tibetan influence, resulting in some great Tibetan artifacts up for sale, primarily carpets.
  • Sahastra Dhara- Pleasing rumbling of water and a soul enriching experience make this place, which hosts a convergence of the Yamuna River and the Tong River, a must visit. Sirmour’s old capital, Kalsi village, which lies nearly 25 km from Paonta, is quite close from this place. It is now a part of Uttar Pradesh.
  • Dei ka Mandir- Located towards the right end of the Yamuna Bridge, this temple by an erstwhile Sirmour Raja’s sister to worship Lord Ram.
  • Old temples- Old temples of great religious and historical significance add to this city’s heritage. These include the Bhadarkali temple and the Patanjali Jyotirlinga Temple, among others.

Paonta Sahib Cuisine

There are a number of restaurants in Paonta Sahib, that offer both local Himachali cuisine as well as different cuisines tailored according to the traveler/pilgrims’ requirement. The langar at the Gurudwara attracts hordes of believers.

Climate of Paonta Sahib

Paonta Sahib has the climate condition of Sub-Tropical Continental Monsoons. It experiences extremes of temperature, varying at an average of zero degrees Celsius in winters to 40 degree Celsius in summers. Winters in Paonta Sahib often see frost formations around the months of January and December, while also receiving sporadic rainfall owing to the western disturbance. The average temperature of summers is 35 to 40 degree Celsius while the average temperature during winters ranges from zero to 15 degree Celsius. 
The spring season is when the temperature remains the most pleasant, making it an ideal time to visit Paonta Sahib.

How to Reach

By Air

Jubbarhatti airport in Himachal Pradesh is close to Paonta Sahib town. Chandigarh and Dehradun airports too fall close the town.

By Rail

Yamunanagar is the closest broad gauge line from the town of Paonta Sahib. Other train stations close to the town are Dehradun and Ambala. Buses and taxis are available from these stations to take the traveler to Paonta Sahib.

By Road

HRTC, which stands for Himachal Road Transport Corporation, runs many fleets of buses covering each part of the state and linking one area or town or city to another. Taxis and buses are available at all nearby stops to drive the traveler down to Paonta Sahib.

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