Paonta Sahib is a sacred town built in the memory of Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth Guru of the Sikhs. The road passes through Sataun and follows the Giri River along the beautiful scenery. Situated on the banks of Yamuna River, Paonta Sahib is a bustling township with growing industries. It is one of the important holy places for the Sikhs. It retains tangible memories of Guru Gobind Singh in the form of his weapons and a majestic Gurudwara. It recalls his presence even in the name of the city which is derived from Paonta meaning "foot", either because he set foot on this place or, according to an alternate story, he lost an ornament which he wore on his foot called "Paonta" while bathing in the Yamuna River.
There is a legend in this town that surrounds the ruins of this old capital of a princely state. Sirmouri Tal, not very far from Paonta Sahib was destroyed by the curse of a court dancer when the ruler went back on an oath to give half of this kingdom in case she crossed a narrow gorge on a rope. This, she did but the wily ruler the offered her the entire kingdom if she could dance her way back. She started back but as she was half way across, he cut the rope hurling the helpless girl into the stream. Floods followed which swept away the city, the ruler and the royal house, as a result of dancer's curse. Vishawkarma temple and few other Hindu temples are also located in Paonta Sahib. The water of river Yamuna is being dammed downstream of Paonta which will soon have a water reservoir where water sports will be organised.
By Road - Paonta Sahib is easily approachable from Nahan (45 Km), Dehra Dun (45 Km), Haridwar (117 Km), Shimla (180 Km) by bus, car or taxi.
By Rail - Nearest railway stations are at Ambala and Dehradun.
By Air - Nearest airports are at Chandigarh and Dehradun.
Khodri Dak Patthar: It is beautiful picnic spot just 25 Km from Paonta Sahib. There is a beautiful park, a swimming pool and a tourist bungalow. At this place the torrential river Yamuna has been tamed into an artificial lake. The canal-side drive from Paonta to Khodri is a pleasure. Chhibran power house is a unique sight to see as the entire structure has been built underground.
Sahastra Dhara: This is the confluence of river Yamuna and Tons. This is a beautiful place and a paradise for tourists. Village Kalsi, 25 Km from here, is the erstwhile capital of Sirmour. Ashoka Rock Edict here is worth a visit.
Ancient Temples: Other places of interest around Paonta Sahib are the Patanjali Jyotirlinga Temple, said to have been worshipped by Maharishi Patanjali, a disciple of Maharishi Vyas – the author of epic Mahabharat. Also of interest is Shiva temple at Shivpuri about 8 Km from Paonta Sahib; Bhadarkali temple and the Sikh shrine of Tirgarhi at Bhagani; and the Gangvaha Tirth across the Yamuna where, as per a legend, river Ganga crossed over the Yamuna bank to please Rishi Gautam, the husband of the legendary Ahilya. On The Himachal side of the Yamuna bank near Gangavaha Tirth is Rampur Ghat, which legend associates with the crossing of river Yamuna by Lord Ram on a boat.
At Paonta Sahib, to the right of Yamuna Bridge, stands the Dei-Ka-Mandir, constructed about a century ago by the sister of the then ruler of Sirmour to propitiate Lord Ram, the family deity of the Suryavanshi Sirmouri rulers.
Paonta Sahib Gurudwara: Overlooking the Yamuna River is the Sikh shrine of Paonta Sahib. This is built at the place where the tenth Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh held court and wrote the major portion of the Dassam Granth. On the river bank behind the shrine stands the historical temple of Yamuna ji, and besides it the Ma Yamuna Bal Park which has a huge statue of goddess Yamuna and busts of Mahatma Gandhi, Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru and Dr.Y.S. Parmar, the first chief minister of Himachal Pradesh. Next to the park, there is gorgeous replica of the Ashoka Pillar at Sanchi overlooking the town and a view of River Yamuna. On the other side of Yamuna river is Uttar Pradesh.
Dhaula Kuan: On the road to Paonta Sahib 20 Km from Nahan, this is worthwhile stop which prides itself with a sprawling orchard of citrus plants and mangoes, and a fruit processing factory manufacturing various kinds of juices, jams, pickles and canned fruits. A little away from Dhaula Kuan is Kastasan Devi temple where Raja Jagat Singh defeated the advancing army of Rulam Quadir Rohilla in a great battle. Their victory is commemorated in the Devi Temple, built in gratitude by the Raja. Dhaula Kuan also has a research station of HP Agricultural University where useful research on tropical fruits is carried out.
Places to visit
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1. Seek holy blessings at the Paonta Sahib Gurudwara
2. Khodri Dak Patthar is a perfect picnic spot.
3. Visit Ashoka Rock Edict at Sahastra Dhara.
4. Visit Himachal's research station of fruits and agriculture
at Dhaula Kuan.
There is adequate accommodation in Paonta Sahib. Visitors can stay at the HPTDC Hotel Yamuna, PWD Rest House, Paonta Sahib Gurudwara, Mata Bala Sundri Sarai and in some private lodges and hotels.
Local buses operate regularly. Taxis are also available.
The town of Renuka, situated 50 Km from Paonta Sahib observes a religious fair which includes cultural programmes organized during the evenings. The fair brings wholesome entertainment to the tourists and locals. This annual fair is scheduled to be organised in October/November.
Chaitra and Ashwin Navratra Mela at Balasundari Temple: This fair in organised in the town of Nahan situated at 45 Km from Paonta Sahib, during the Chaitra Navratra in March/April and Ashiwin Navratra's in September/October. Large number of Pilgrims visits the Balasundari Temple at Trilokpuri and seeks holy blessings.
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Temperature: In winter, the temperature can hover around freezing point Summer temperature is high.
Season: Heavy woolens in winter and cottons in summer.