Start/Endpoint of the tour: Patna, Bihar
About the Tour:
For the Sikhs, Bihar occupies a special place as the birthplace of the 10th Sikh Guru, Shri Guru Gobind Singh Ji Maharaj. He was the pioneer of the unification of the followers of Guru Nanak. The Takhat Sri Harmandir Ji Sahib also known as the Patna Sahib is a marvellous gurudwara at his birthplace in Patna.
- A tour of the Sikh Circuit of Bihar will take you through other gurudwaras and Sikh shrines commemorating the events in the life of the Sikh Guru.
- In addition to being Sikh pilgrimage sites, these places of worship have also become popular tourist attractions.
- The package offers a standard stay, delicious meals, and sightseeing in a private cab.
- A guide-storyteller will be there throughout the journey to give you better insights into the tour.
Places covered during the tour:Takhat Sri Harmandir Ji Sahib
Learn more about the heritage and culture of Bihar by visiting Takhat Sri Harmandir Ji Sahib that is considered the second holiest Takhat. Revered as the birthplace of Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji Maharaj, it is one of the five seats of temporal authority of the Sikhs and has been consecrated by three Sikh Gurus. A symbol of valour and fearlessness, the shrine inspires great piety in pilgrims and holds pride of place in the glorious heritage of Patna City. Takhat Sri Harimandir Sahib Ji is also known as Patna Sahib.
Gurdwara Guru ka Bagh
About three kilometres east of Takht Sri Harmandir Sahib is where Guru Tegh Bahadur first alighted in a garden (bagh) belonging to Nawabs Rahim Bakhsh and Karim Bakhsh, nobles of Patna, and where the Sangat of Patna along with the young Guru Gobind Singh came out to receive him back from his four-year-long odyssey. An old well still in use and a dried stump of the imli (tamarind) tree under which the Sangat met Guru Tegh Bahadur still exist.
Gurdwara Gai Ghat
Gurdwara Pahila Bara, commonly known as Gurdwara Gai Ghat, is a holy Gurdwara of Sikh religion. It is located in the city of Patna, Bihar, India and dedicated to Guru Nanak Dev. The Gurdwara is part of "Guru Circuit" - A Government of Bihar initiative connecting important Sikh religious destinations in Bihar to attract more pilgrims.
Gurdwara Handi Sahib
Gurdwara Handi Sahib is where Guru Tegh Bahadur had returned to Punjab in April 1670 leaving his family behind at Patna. The family after leaving Patna Sahib made their first halt here. An old lady named Jamani Mai served a kettleful (handi) of khichari to them after which the shrine subsequently built here was named as Handiwali Sangat, which is now called Gurdwara Handi Sahib. Son of Mata Jamni Mai Mathura Singh donated the land on which gurudwara was built and his family members still live there under guardianship of Sri Arun Singh, still rendering services inherited by his great grandfathers.
About safety and hygiene:
- The retreat has increased the frequency of cleaning public areas (including the lobby, doorknobs, common washrooms, etc.)
- Hand gloves being used when carrying out cleaning work and when handling waste
- The rooms and the entire stay is deep cleaned before every check-in and post every check-out
- There are antibacterial hand sanitisers available throughout the property
- Social distancing is maintained
- Daily temperature monitoring of the staff