Gurdaspur is a border district of the state and has important industrial centers like Batala and Dhariwal. While Batala is known for the manufacture of machine tools, woolen products from Dhariwal are known the world over.
Places to Visit
A great tourist transit center, the place has a number of picnic spots nearby.
It is an important city and serves as a link between Punjab and Jammu-Kashmir, Dalhousie, Chamba, Kangra and the deep Himalyas. Well connected by rail and road, it is situated in the picturesque foothills of Kangra and Dalhousie near river Chakki. It is surrounded by idyllic spots; Shahpur Kandi with a hanging rest house, Madhopur Headworks which date back to the Mogul era, Malikpur where India's foremost hydraulic research station is located.
Dera Baba Nanak
Dera Baba Nanak, a religious center, is situated 35 km west of Gurdaspur on the border of Pakistan. Guru Nanak Dev Sahib, the founder of Sikhism spent about 12 years of his later life at this place. Precious robes, which were presented to him when he visited Mecca, are preserved here. Thousands of pilgrims from all over the country visit this place on the eve of Maghi, in the second week of January every year. Gurudwara Tahli Sahib is situated in the close vicinity.
It houses the masonry platform, known as 'Takhat-i-Akbari, where the coronation ceremony of Akbar was performed. Akbar was proclaimed the Emperor of India here in 1556.
This was built to mark the occasion of coronation of Akbar and is situated near this historic site of coronation.
It is situated at a distance of 38 kilometers to the south of Gurdaspur, the place was founded by the Guru Arjan Dev Sahib. Rohilia, situated close by, witnessed a fierce battle between Guru Hargobind and the Mogul armies led by Abdullah, the Faujdar of Jalandhar, in 1621. , a Gurudwara known as Damdama Sahib has been constructed at the site of Guru Sahib's rest during the battle.
It is an ancient town with many temples and gurudwaras assosiated with the marriage of Guru Nanak Dev. It is also the seat of Christian Mission and the famous Christian Baring College. The town is renowned for the manufacture of Machine Tools.
It is known for one of India's leading Textile Mill, manufacturing world-renowned woolen cloth.
It is the main center of Muslim fraternity called Ahmadiya, the name of its founder. Acclaimed as second Mecca, it houses the Ahmadiya mosque and a beautiful tomb of the founder. Ahmadiyas from all over the world gather here during the last week of the year.