The Yamuna has an unparalleled location. It is barely
100 meter from the Gurudwara and overlooks the river. A specious
lawn bordered by tall trees gives it considerable charm and character.
Paonta Sahib is connected by
road. From Renukaji. 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 woolens are required.
Summer temperature are high and cottons are recommended.
rooms are airy, spacious, decently furnished with attached baths and
running hot & cold water
Restaurant serving Indian, Chinese and Himachali Cuisine
service. Laundry and Dry Cleaning arranged
PLACES OF INTEREST
GURUDWARA 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 Talab 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
sage Kalpi and a museum that displays pens and weapons of the period
among other artefacts.
YAMUNA TEMPLE: This
ancient shrine is immediately below the gurudwara and is dedicated to
the goddess Yamuna.
GURUDWARA TIRGARH SAHIB
(22 km): This is built on the hillock from where Guru
Gobind Singh shot arrows at the enemy.
GURUDWARA BHANGANI SAHIB
(23 km): This commemorates Guru Gobind Singh's first battle when he
defeated Raja Fateh Sahib and his allies..
SHIVA TEMPLE, PATLIAN
(4.5 km): Surrounded by fields and sal trees, the linga in
this temple is supposed to be steadily increasing in size.
SHRINE 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.
RAM TEMPLE: Within
Paonta Sahib the temple is located near the Yamuna bridge. With
exquisite marble work built in 1889 in the 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.
GURUDWARA SHERGARH SAHIB
(12 km): At this spot Guru Gobind Singh beheaded a dangerous
man eater tiger with a single swipe of this sword.
SANCTUARY: 12 km off the main Paonta Sahib - Nahan road, this is
known for a variety of bird life.
SIRMOUR (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 dancing girl.
NAGNAUNA TEMPLE (16 km): Built
in a hollow near the village of Puruwallia, this temple is closely
allied with the legend of Sirmour's erstwhile ruling house.
KATASAN 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 marauding armies of Ghulam
Qadir Khan Rohilla.
NAHAN (45 km):
Built in a series of interlocking circles, this charming town was founded
by Raja Karan Prakash of Sirmour in 1621. It has numerous pleasing
walks, several temples, a gurudwara and interesting architecture.
FOSSIL PARK SAKETI (60
km): This was the site of the largest fossil find in the
Shiwalik hills. The park has a museum and life size models of
animals that once roamed these tracts.
TRILOKPUR (63 km): Legend has it that the Devi's pindi
appeared in a bag brought by a local trader. The temple was built by
Raja Deep Parkash of Sirmour in 1573. Close by is a recently built Shiva
ADVENTURE AND FISHING:
The most popular trek in the area is to the 3,647 meter high Choordhar -
which poetically translates as the "Mountain of the silver bangle".
Fishing is possible on the Giri and Yamuna rivers near Paonta Sahib.