The first batch of Indian pilgrims to Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur, Pakistan, will arrive on 5 November at Wagah, for the 550th birth anniversary celebrations of Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism, according to the itinerary released by Islamabad on Wednesday for the visit of the first lot of pilgrims from 5 to 14 November.
The pilgrims will then depart from Wagah, the land border between India and Pakistan on the Pakistan side, for Gurdwara Janam Sthan at Nankana Sahib, according to a Twitter post by the Pakistan foreign office.
A second batch of Indian pilgrims will arrive at Wagah on 6 November and also leave for the Gurdwara Janam Sthan.
The two batches of about 2,500 pilgrims will then leave on 7 November by bus for the Kartarpur gurdwara where Guru Nanak spent the last years of his life.
On 8 November, the pilgrims will stay in Narowal in Pakistan’s Punjab district where the Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara is located. After attending the inauguration ceremony on 9 November, the pilgrims will return to Nankana Sahib where they will stay till 12 November.
The pilgrims will attend the “Bhog Akhand Path" kirtan at Nankana Sahib that day on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak before leaving for India in two batches on 13 and 14 November.
The tweet by the Pakistan foreign office comes amid tensions between the two countries over New Delhi abrogating provisions of Article 370 of the Constitution that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir.