Kartarpur Sahib Corridor | Sikh Shrine | No Visa Required

Kartarpur Sahib Corridor proposal is currently under planning. As per the plan, this corridor will connect the Sikh shrines of Dera Baba Nanak Sahib, Gurdaspur, Punjab in India and Gurudwara Darbar Sahib, Kartarpur in Pakistan. 

This corridor will allow religious devotees from India to visit the Gurudwara in Kartarpur, 4.7 KM (2.9 miles) from the India-Pakistan Border without a Visa.

When will the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor ready for the visitors?

You will get to visit Kartarpur Sahib Corridor before 550th Birth Anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev Ji in November 2019.
The foundation stone for the Kartarpur corridor was laid down on the Indian side on November 26, 2018. And, on November 28, 2018 i.e. two days later the foundation stone for the corridor was laid down on the Pakistani side as well.

The point at which the corridor will cross the border is yet to decide. However, the proposal is to build an 800m (2,600ft) long bridge over the Ravi River.

Accommodation in Kartarpur Sahib Corridor:

There will be a ‘boarding terminal’ from where shuttle buses will take the pilgrims from India to Kartarpur. And, for stay temporary accommodations and tents will be there for the pilgrims.

Formalities to Enter Kartarpur Sahib Corridor:

The expectation is that the pilgrims those who want to visit Kartarpur Sahib will have to obtain special permits, however, not the Visa. Also, they will have to undergo biometric checks.

What is the Importance of Kartarpur Sahib Corridor?

The Kartarpur Sahib has special religious significance. On the right bank of Ravi River, Kartarpur was founded by the first guru of Sikhism, Guru Nanak. It was here in Kartarpur, that Guru Nanak established the first Sikh community and spent final 18 years of life.

The Kartarpur Shrine Today:

Kartarpur Sahib Corridor

With the help of binoculars, the Kartarpur shrine is visible from Gurdwara Dera Baba Nanak. To keep the view clear, the Pakistani authorities have been cooperative by periodically rimming the elephant grass growing around the premises.

Kartarpur Sahib Corridor

In 1999, the former Prime Minister of India, Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee made it possible for the Indian Sikh pilgrims to visit Kartarpur Sahib.

At present, an Indian pilgrim can visit Kartarpur Sahib on a regular visa. So, you don’t need any special permission from the Pakistani Authorities to visit Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib.

There are four occasions, on which Indian Sikh pilgrims visit Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib every year. These occasions are – Guru Nanak’s birth anniversary, Baisakhi, Guru Arjan Dev’s martyrdom day and Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s death anniversary.

Security Issues with Kartarpur Sahib Corridor Project:

There are certain concern associated with the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor project. The fear is that the Pakistan may use corridor to promote separatist agenda in India as it would bring the Pakistani infrastructure right up to the Indian border.

In the past, Pakistan has been fueling pro-Khalistan campaign, not only in Pakistan, but also in India. In Pakistan, several gurdwaras are still being used to promote pro-Khalistan campaign. Some pamphlets were found at some of the gurdwaras in Pakistan that talked about “Sikh Referendum 2020”.

Let’s hope that the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor purely remains pilgrimage.

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