New Delhi: Islamabad on Wednesday released the programme for the visit of Indian pilgrims to Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur, Pakistan, in November for the 550th birth anniversary celebrations of Sikhism’s founder Guru Nanak.
The itinerary for the first lot of pilgrims during 5-14 November was put out by the Pakistan foreign office in a post on Twitter and comes amid tensions between the two countries over New Delhi abrogating Article 370 of the Indian constitution that gave special status to Kashmir.
The opening of the corridor has been a longstanding wish of the Sikhs and other communities in India given that Guru Nanak is revered by people of all faiths.
According to the programme, the first batch of pilgrims will arrive on 5 November at Wagah, the land border between India and Pakistan on the Pakistani side. They will then depart for the Gurudwara Janam Sthan at Nankana Sahib.
On 6 November, a second batch of Indian pilgrims will arrive at Wagah and also leave for the Gurudwara Janam Sthan at Nankana Sahib.
The two batches of pilgrims numbering about 2,500 will then leave by bus for the Kartarpur gurudwara on 7 November where Guru Nanak lived the last years of his life. On 8 November, the pilgrims will stay in Narowal in Pakistan’s Punjab district where the Kartarpur Sahib Gurudwara is located. After attending the inauguration ceremony on 9 November the pilgrims will go back to Nankana Sahib where they will stay till 12 November.
On 12 November the pilgrims will attend the “Bhog Akhand Path" kirtan at Nankana Sahib on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak before leaving for India 13-14 November in two batches.