Frequently at the crossroads of history, Sirhind is now remembered more as the scene of
Frequently at the crossroads of history, Sirhind is now remembered more as the scene ofa seminal event of Sikh history – the barbaric slaying of the two younger sons of the tenth Guru, Gobind Singh. Angered by the treatment meted out to the children, Sikh forces bided their time, eventually destroying the city of Sirhind.
THING TO SEE AND DO
The Gurdwara Fatehgarh Sahib commemorates the martyrdom of the Guru’s sons. The wall where Guru Gobind Singh’s sons were bricked up alive has also been preserved at the Gurdwara Bhora Sahib.
Close by are the Gurdwara Sahib Jyoti Saroop (marking the spot where the two elder sons of Guru Gond Singh were cremated) and the Gurdwara Shaheed Ganj. In December, the former hosts the popular Shaheedi Jorh Mela.
The Aam Khas Bagh is a highway palace complex associated with the Mughals. Many of the buildings that once stood here are now in ruins, but you’ll still get an idea of its long-lost grandeur. Interestingly, the Aam Khas Bagh was used by both royalty and commoners to rest awhile – making it a medieval precursor to modern-day highway motels. Also in Sirhind is Rauza Sharif, the dargah of Shaykh Ahmad Sirhindi, a much-revered Sufi mystic said to be a contemporary of Akbar. The Urs of Shaykh Ahmad Sirhindi, held during March, sees an influx of pilgrims from across the world.
Near the Rauza Sharif are a couple of old tombs, Ustad di Mazaar and Shagird di Mazaar. Close to the Aam Khas Bagh is an old Jain shrine, the Mata Shri Chakreshwari Devi Jain Tirth, which the faithful say dates back over a millennium.
Sanghol, a short drive away, is the site of an Indus Valley settlement. Excavations at this site have revealed several artefacts, some of which can be seen at the ASI Museum here.
WHERE TO STAY AND EAT
Welcome Hotel (Tel: 01763-503007; Tariff: ₹1,200-1,500), run by Punjab Tourism, is a decent option.
Grab a bite at the unique Floating Restaurant. There are also numerous dhabas dotting the countryside.
When to go October to March Location North of Patiala Air Nearest airport: Chandigarh Rail Nearest rail: Sirhind town and Fatehgarh Sahib City