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Besides the land of love and hospitality, Pakistan is also a land of spiritual endowment and a resting place for many spiritual saints from all religions be it Sufi mystics of Islam, Hindu Tirats dating back as 3000 B.C. and also the birth place of Sikhism [Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikh religion born near Lahore in 1469 A.D.] Gurdwara Panja Sahib – a famous Sikh pilgrimage centre attracts thousands of pilgrims from India and the world over ever April for the Bisakhi festival. Near Sheikhupura is an important place of pilgrimage where two Sikh temples (Gurdwaras) existed are: Balila (were Guru Nanak spent his childhood); and Janam-Asthsn (where he is belived to have been born) Nankana Sahib is located in the Pakistani province of Punjab.

Around 10,000 Sikh pilgrims from India, Europe, and North America converge here every year to celebrate the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak. The markets of Nankana Sahib are decorated and special stalls are setup to feature traditional food and apparels; books and cassettes on Punjabi poetry on the Sikh religion are gracefully displayed.

The little town of Hasan Abdal is on the Grand trunk Road located 48 kms off Islamabad. It is considered holy by several Sikh and Muslim groups. In the 15th century the town was associated with the Guru Nanak and with the contemporary Muslim saint, Baba Kandhaari, whose shrine is on top of the hill overlooking the town.

Pakistan offers a large number of religiously sacred places, shrines, mosques, temples, and mediation centers. The Buddhist ruins of Gandhara, Moinjodaro, Harappa and Muslim Mughal heritages all offer attractions to tourist from all over the world.



 
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