Gurdaspur, located amidst the river Ravi and Beas, was founded by Guriya Ji in the beginning of 17th century. On his name, this city was named as Gurdaspur.


Gurdaspur was founded by Sahib Deep Chand and was named after his grandfather Guriya in the beginning of 17th century. In his honour, this city was named Gurdaspur. He bought land for Gurdaspur from the Jats of the Sangi Gotra. Guriya, Sal,a Brahmin of the Kaushal Gotra came from Paniar, a village situated 5 miles north of Gurdaspur. The ancestors of Guriya had come from Ayodhya and settled in Paniar. Guriya Ji had two sons Nawal Rai and Pala. The descendants of Nawal Rai settled in Gurdaspur and Nawal Rai’s son Baba Deep Chand was a contemporary of Guru Gobind Singh. It is believed that Guru Gobind Singh gave the title of Ganj Bakhsh (Owner Of Treasure) to Baba Deep Chand. The descendants of Baba Deep Chand are called Mahants
Gurdaspur was the last bastion of Banda Bahadur. Banda Bahadur's legend lives on in the poem "Bandabir", by the Indian Nobel prize winner Rabindranath Tagore. The poem, written in the Bengali language, has been translated into English, since.


Air: Gurdaspur does not have an airport of its own. The closest airport to the city is the Raja Sani Airport of Amritsar, which is at a distance of 72 km. International airlines like Turkmenistan Airlines, Uzbekistan Airlines and Air India fly to and from the aiport, connecting the city to foreign countries. Several domestic flights, like Air Deccan, Jet Airways etc, also operate from Amritsar. From Amritsar, one can travel by taxi or bus to reach Gurdaspur.

Rail: Gurdaspur falls on the Delhi-Jammu railway line. It is also a part on the Amritsar-Batala-Pathankot section of the Ferozepur Division of the Northern Railway and the Amritsar-Batala-Pathankot Road, both of which run all through side by side. The important trains that stop here are Jammu Mail and Chennai Mail.

Road: Gurdaspur is well connected by road, to almost all the key cities in India. Right from Delhi and Chadigarh to Amritsar and Jaipur, you will find buses to almost all the cities, including both government and private services. Apart from that, taxis are also easily available for commuting to places within as well as outside Punjab.

STD Code
Summer 30-40°C, Winter 12-20°C
Best time to visit
November to March