Whenever people find themselves alone in their self-made carapace, travelling comes along with the breeze of refreshment and rejuvenation. Travelling seems like going to places far from home, but it paves the way toward freeing yourself from the humdrum of everyday life.
We have thousands of pilgrim places to visit in India, including Dehradun, a beautiful hill station that emulates warmth and vibrance to all its tourists. With several tourist spots in Dehradun for you to regale and enjoy, one that stands out is the Guru Ram Rai Gurudwara, located in the Shivalik Range.
#Trivia: Dehradun gets its name from two words, 'Dera' meaning camp and 'Dun' meaning valley. It was a place here where Baba Ram Rai, the eldest son of the 7th Sikh Guru Har Rai, set up his foundation in 1676.
About Guru Ram Rai Bahadur Gurudwara
Guru Ram Rai Gurudwara Ashram is located in the gorgeous hill station of Dehradun, surrounded by the breathtaking beauty of hills, mountains, valleys, and beautiful sunset and sunrise. It is one of the most popular tourist attractions of Dehradun and is frequented by ardent devotees every day.
While recollecting the beauty of this gurudwara, from paintings to the featuring domes, this place celebrates the sculptural richness of Indo-Islamic architecture. The Mughal-style garden surrounding the main Darbar enhances the aesthetic beauty.
#Trivia: Interestingly, Baba Ram Rai was the founder of Ramraiyas, an unorthodox sect of Sikhism. The Guru Ram Rai Gurudwara Association contributes to society through various ways like medical colleges, charitable authorities and hospitals.
Established around the 17th century, Guru Ram Rai Bahadur gurudwara is a devout place of worship and pilgrimage for the Udaseen sect of the Sikh community. Guru Ram Rai was banned from the Sikh community for translating a word from the holy Adi Granth to emperor Aurangzeb. However, the real reason behind his mistranslation was to avoid offence to the Mughal Darbar, as the Islamic-Sikh conflict peaked during the 17th century.
According to experts, the gurudwara got its Muslim and Mughal architectural touch because of the warm relationship between the Mughal emperor and Guru Ram Rai. Moreover, the Mughal emperor "Aurangzeb'' provided funding and the land for this site.
Every year, between the religious festival of Holi and Ram Navami, the Jhanda Mela is celebrated with great enthusiasm in the Gurudwara. This year's festival celebrates the changing of the Jhanda (Flag), a 100 ft. long tree trunk wrapped in layers of clothing.
Best Time to Visit Guru Ram Rai Gurudwara Dehradun
Dehradun enjoys pleasant weather throughout the year. Thus, it is one of the top tourist spots in Uttarakhand for everyone and anyone visiting from near and far. However, if you wish to escape the heat of North India, it is best to visit Dehradun between March and June.
The hill station experiences heavy rainfall, making it impossible for tourists to enjoy the city in its full glory. Winters are chilly and make it impossible to step out without wearing layers of clothing.
It is best to enjoy the hill station during summers to escape all the chaos.
Image Gallery of Guru Ram Rai Gurudwara Dehradun
Entry Fee and Timings of Guru Ram Rai Gurudwara Dehradun
Guru Ram Rai Gurudwara remains open seven days a week from 5 am to 9 pm with no entry fee. The Gurudwara feeds more than 1000 people daily through its huge langar and arranges philanthropic programs to properly care for the people and society.
How to reach Guru Ram Rai Gurudwara Dehradun
Dehradun is well-connected to most of the cities in India. It may not be a major stop; however, it has several air carriers regularly coming in.
The nearest airport is Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun. It is around an hour's drive from the Gurudwara.
The nearest railway station is the Dehradun Railway station, around 2 kms from Gurudwara. It has regular trains from Varanasi, Ujjain, Mumbai, Kolkata, etc.
You can alternatively travel by a private bus from any location around Dehradun or hop on a private cab from top car rental companies in Dehradun for a road trip to Dehradun with your family and friends. It is around 5 ½ hours from Delhi and 1 hour from Haridwar and Rishikesh.
Gurudwaras have a subtle ambience around them. The clean ambience, the soft chants in the background, scores of people visiting it, and the simple and delicious langar every day is reason to visit the Baba Ram Rai Bahadur Gurudwara at least once.
After visiting the other popular tourist spots of Dehradun, drop by for a while at the Gurudwara and enjoy the calmness you feel within. Book a Dehradun tour package with Dehradun Tourism, a division of Holidays DNA and get ready to explore all parts of the hill station on your short vacation soon. Please fill the Contact Us form to know more.