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Excursions

Serai Amanat Khan: It is situated in a small village south west of Amritsar. The Serai has a beautiful gate constructed in Mughal style of architecture. The tomb of Amanat Khan is surrounded by four minarets. The mosque near the tomb is decorated with Persian verses.

Ram Tirath (10 km): Legendary birthplace of Lav and Kush and the spot where the sage Valmiki's ashram stood. The town has an ancient tank and many temples. The Bedis of Punjab (Guru Nanak Dev, the founder Prophet of Sikhism was a Bedi) trace their descent from Kush and Sodhis (the 10th Prophet of Sikhism, Guru Gibind Singh was a Sodhi) from Luv. A four day fair, held since times immemorial, is celebrated here starting on the full moon night in November.

Taran Taran (22 km): The Gurudwara of Taran Taran was built in 1768 in memory of Guru Ram Das. Taran Taran is a name which means the temple whence people swim across the sea of ignorance to save many a drowning soul. The waters of the tank are said to have medicinal properties.

Wagha (28 km): Wagah, an army outpost on the Indo-Pakistan border - between Amritsar and Lahore -- is an elaborate complex of buildings, roads and barriers on both sides. The daily highlight is the evening "Beating the Retreat" ceremony. Soldiers from both countries march in perfect drill, going through the steps of bringing down their respective national flags. As the sun goes down, nationalistic fervour rises and lights are switched on marking the end of the day amidst thunderous applause. It is also the last Indian outpost on the Indo-Pak border.

Gobindwal Sahib (30 km): This served as the headquarters of the third guru, Guru Amar Dasa, a great social reformer. Close by in Khadur Sahib, the samadhi of Angad Devji, the 2nd Sikh Guru, is located.

Hari Ke Patten (38 km): A picnic spot where the rivers Beas and Sutlej meet. In winter many species of migratory birds congregate here.

Baba Bakala (45 km): The magnificent gurudwara of Baba Bakala is dedicated to the ninth Guru Teg Bahadur. 

Dera Baba Jaimal Singhji (62 km): On the banks of the Beas river, 5 km from the town of Beas, it is the home of the Radha Saomi faith. 

Dera Baba Nanak (70 km): This is where Guru Nanak spent 12 years of his life.

Pathankot (107 km): An important tourist centre at the foot of the Himalayas, on the highway to Jammu and Kashmir. Accommodation: Hotel Venice, Dhangu Road, Tel: 0186 2223717, 2225122, 2225061, Fax: 2221970

Shahpur Kandi Fort (114 km): Built by Bhao Singh and named to commemorate the visit of Shah Jahan.


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