As Sikhs all over the world are getting ready to celebrate the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak this month, Pakistan opened its gates to Katarpur for Indians. The good news here is, you don’t need a passport to travel to Katarpur and visit the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib.
Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan on November 1st, 2019 took to Twitter and announced the good news for Sikhs. He wrote, “For Sikhs coming to pilgrimage to Katarpur from India, I have waived off 2 requirements: i) they won’t need a passport – just a valid ID; ii) they no longer have to register 10 days in advance. Also, no fee will be charged on day of inauguration & on Guruji’s 550th birthday.”
Meanwhile, the first batch of a total of 1,100 Sikhs from India arrived at Pakistan on October 31st, 2019. All the visiting Sikhs will be a part of the historic opening of the Kartarpur corridor on November 9th, 2019.
It may be mentioned, the agreement will allow 5,000 Indian pilgrims to daily visit the shrine where Guru Nanak spent the last 18 years of his life.
The Gurudwara will connect the Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Punjab with Darbar Sahib at Kartarpur located in Narowal district of Pakistan’s Punjab province.
The agreement was signed between India and Pakistan after three rounds of tough negotiations. This will somewhat ease the tensions between the two nations after India revoked the special status of Jammu & Kashmir in August.
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