Anandpur Sahib, in the Ropar district of north Indian state of Punjab, is one of two major sites of Sikhism. Fondly called "the holy City of Bliss", it holds vast religious and political significance for Sikhs. Surrounded by charming natural scenery of the lower spurs of Himalayas with the Sutlej River in the backdrop, the city draws spiritual souls from all parts of the world for its 33 gurudwaras that dominate the nearby landscape.
For Sikhs, Anandpur Sahib is the second most sacred place, next to the Golden Temple Amritsar, and its importance also lies for being the Birthplace of the Khalsa. The city was established in 1665 by Guru Tegh Bahadur, the ninth Sikh Guru, who bought a piece of land here to lay the foundation stone. Moreover, the nearby Kiratpur Sahib is another holy site of Sikhism that draws a lot of people right through the year.
Anandpur Sahib is although a small town but it becomes a site of boisterous activities each year in the month of March when the occasion of Hola Mohalla is celebrated. During the period, the city comes alive and shines in glory and splendor as hundreds of thousands of devotees throng here to mark the tradition dating back to centuries. The festival of colour and gaiety enlivens it where fun and frolic reigns supreme against the exhibition of martial spirit.
The land of Anandpur Sahib is dotted with many well-known gurudwaras, notable among them is the Gurudwara Guru-Ka-Mahal (Bhora Sahib), the abode of Sri Guru Teg Bahadur. Devotees here pay a visit to the Gurudwara Thara Sahib and Gurudwara Sis-Ganj Sahib. If Akal Bunga is important for once being the resting place of the 10th Guru, then the Gurudwara Damdama Sahib is where the same Guru got the Gaddi.
People here also visit Gurudwara Manji Sahib and Gurudwara Takht Sri Kesgarh Sahib. More so, there are quite a few hallowed Gurudwaras near Sri Anandpur Sahib, and chief among them include, Guru-Ka-Lahore, Gurudwara Mata Jito Ji and Bhai Ghanaiya Ji. Historical significance of the town can be seen in the museum Virasat-e-khalsa where a peek into the past can be had.
Anandpur Sahib has no airport, thus directly reaching here via flights is not an option. However, the nearest airport is at Chandigarh, some 70 km away, where domestic connectivity is good.
The city is connected to a good rail network, and trains are available to reach different parts of the country. Reaching to and fro Anandpur Sahib via trains are a convenient option for tourists.
The National Highways 21 is just 10 km off Anandpur Sahib which greatly adds to the connectivity options here. More so, buses are available from major destinations to reach this scared place.