How to go to Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara in Pakistan
The Kartarpur Corridor has been mentioned frequently for a very long time. India and Pakistan, two neighbours, are connected through the historic corridor on a religious and spiritual level. How many of you, though, are genuinely aware with the background and significance of this historic site?
Learn more about the Kartarpur Corridor and its significance in India-Pakistan history by exploring its why, when, and how.
The Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan and the border with India are connected via the Kartarpur Corridor, which is essentially a visa-free border crossing. The corridor was built so that Indian devotees can travel without a visa to the Gurdwara in Kartarpur, which is located nearly 4.7 kilometres from the Pakistani side of the India-Pakistan border.
The Kartarpur Corridor’s development timeline is shown below:
- According to legend, Guru Nanak Dev, the first Sikh Guru, founded the Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib around 1522.
- Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the Indian Prime Minister at the time, and Nawaz Sharif, the Prime Minister of Pakistan, suggested this corridor as part of the Delhi-Lahore bus diplomacy in 1999.
- In 2018, the Government of Pakistan approved the construction of the corridor
- On November 26, 2018, Indian Vice President, Venkaiah Naidu laid the foundation stone of the corridor from the Indian side, and two days after, on November 28, 2018, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan laid the fountain from the other side of the border
- On the occasion of the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev, the Kartarpur Corridor was completed and the first batch of Indian pilgrims was sent to visit their holy pilgrim place
Kartarpur Corridor’s significance
Dera Baba Nanak Gurudwara is a place of great religious significance to Sikhs from all over the world. Kartarpur was established in 1504 and this is where Guru Nanak, the founding guru of Sikhism, passed away in 1539. On the banks of the Ravi River, Dera Baba Nanak Gurdwara was afterwards built in his honour.
As the Sikh Guru, Guru Nanak Dev, gave sermons there for the final eighteen years of his life, Kartarpur is regarded as one of their holiest locations. As a result, following the terms and limitations set by both governments, Indian citizens could only visit the Gurdwara after the division.
Documents required to visit Kartarpur Corridor:
One must have to carry their Covid-19 negative test reports, and Vaccine certificates along with the passport to visit Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara. Visa is not required for this visit, but it is mandatory for people visiting the Gurudwara to register at least a month in advance. Apart from your passport, you will also be asked for Aadhaar and PAN card information at the time of online registration and application. You will also have to give information about any kind of police case or case and you will be allowed to travel only after police verification.
How to register for Kartarpur sahib corridor
- Only Indian residents or overseas citizens can travel by corridor; Pakistanis are not allowed.
- One can register for a second visit after 15 days of travel by corridor.
- Registration can only be done online at https://prakashpurb550.mha.gov.in/ (Indian Government website).
- Each pilgrim must pay $20 to get the necessary permission
How to go to Kartarpur Sahib from Amritsar
Amritsar is the major city nearest to the Passenger Terminal Building. Its Google Map’s location is “Shri Kartarpur Saheb Corridor start.”
From Amritsar, you will need to reach the town of Dera Baba Nanak where the Passenger Terminal Building is located. It’s about 48.3 km from Amritsar and will take you about 70 minutes to reach.