Paonta Sahib (पांवटा साहिब, ਪਾਂਉਟਾ ਸਾਹਿਬ) is one of the major industrial towns of Himachal Pradesh in India. It is located in the south of Sirmour district, on National Highway 7. Gurudwaras are venues of Sikh worship. Even if you are not an ardent follower of Sikhism your visit to Paonta Sahib would be a delightful experience. Paonta Sahib in Himachal Pradesh was founded by Guru Govind Singh, at the age of sixteen years. River Yamuna flowing nearby is supposed to wash out the sins of mankind through its ever flowing waves.
The Sal forest surrounding the Gurudwara seems to enhance its natural beauty. Guru Govind Singh was invited by the erstwhile king of the Rajputs to help him fight the mighty Mughal forces. For four long years he stayed there, the waters of Yamuna River consecrated his established Gurudwara, Paonta Sahib. The literal connotation of the Paonta Sahib is space for foot hold.
Paonta Sahib is a very important place for the pilgrimage of the Sikhs. It is the place where their last Guru stayed for four years. It is also the sacrosanct venue where their sacred text known as Guru Granth Sahib was written.
- Yamuna Temple :- Since there is a Yamuna Temple located just below the Paonta Sahib Gurudwara, it is also a centre of Hindu Pilgrimage.
- Sri Talab Asthan :- Sri Talab Asthan located inside Paonta Sahib is the place where the Guru distributed salaries to his followers for their hard work.
- Sri Dastar Asthan :- There is another place of interest inside Paonta Sahib known as Sri Dastar Asthan, where the Sikh Guru used to witness the turban tying competition by his followers.
- Kalpi Rishi :- Kalpi Rishi is another significant locale; this is a museum that displays various weapons used by the Sikh Guru and his followers.