At a distance of 22 km from Amritsar Junction, Tarn Taran is a Sikh pilgrimage town and also the district headquarters of Tarn Taran district in Punjab. It is one among the most popular Sikh pilgrimage sites in India and also one of the top places to visit in Amritsar.
Tarn Taran is an ancient and Historical town closely related with Sikhs. This town was founded in 1590 CE by the 5th Sikh Guru, Sri Arjan Dev Ji and he laid the foundation of Gurudwara Sri Darbar Sahib in the heart of the town. Tarn Taran was ruled by the strong Sikh Family of Dhillon Clan and was the part of Bhangi Sikh Dynasty. Tarn Taran was well-known as a center of the Sikh revolution and it was believed to be the capital of Khalistan, the proposed Sikh independent nation.
Tarn Taran is well known for Gurudwara Sri Darbar Sahib, also known as Gurudwara Tarn Taran. The shrine is an elegantly designed 3 storeyed structure which resembles the Amritsar Golden Temple. The temple's entrance is through a double storied arched gateway. The upper portion of the edifice is covered with glittering gold-plated sheets. The dome, also called the lotus dome has an ornamental gold pinnacle with an umbrella shaped gold finial. The Guru Granth Sahib is seated on a platform under an elongated dome covered with gold plated metal sheets. Reflecting glass pieces with an intricately designed stucco work decorate the interior walls and ceilings.
It has the distinction of having the largest Sarovar (water pond) of all the Gurudwaras in the world. The pond was originally fed through rain water but in 1833 CE a canal was dug which connects it to the Upper Ban Doab Canal at Rasulpur watermills which is situated 5 km from this place. The Gurudwara is thronged by the devotees in large number every month on the day of Amavas (New-Moon Day).
Timings: 5 AM to 10 PM