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Majnu ka Tila

Location: Gurdwara Majnu Ka Tila is located opposite Timarpur and beyond Khyber Pass, on the Grand Trunk Road (National Highway-1).

Dedicated to: The First Guru, Guru Nanak Sahib

Famous as: Majnu Ka Tila

Time to Visit: Open on all days

Preferred Timings: 2.30 pm - 7.30 pm.

Admission Fee: Free and open to all

How to Reach: Tourists can either take local buses from various points within the city to reach this monument, which is located in North Delhi, or they can hire auto-rickshaws and taxis or take the metro rail.

Photography charges: nil

Nearest Railway Station: Old Delhi Railway Station

Nearest Metro Station: Delhi University

Functional Metro Station: Delhi University

Nearest International Airport: Indira Gandhi International Airport

Time required for sightseeing: About 1 hour

Situated on the right bank of the River Yamuna on the Grand Trunk Road (National Highway-1), opposite Timarpur beyond Khyber Pass lies Gurdwara Majnu Ka Tila. It commemorates the visit of Guru Nanak, the first Guru and founder of the Sikh religion to Delhi in the 15th century.

According to legend, the Gurudwara was named after a Muslim hermit who lived here during the reign of Sultan Sikander Shah Lodhi. He was called 'Majnu' because of his love for the Almighty. When Guru Nanak visited Delhi he blessed the hermit and showed him the path of salvation and stayed in his hermitage. Thereafter, his hermitage located on the hillock (tila) near the banks of Yamuna, came to be known as Majnu Ka Tila. Later, Guru Har Gobind, the sixth guru, also visited the hermitage, when Emperor Jahangir invited him.

For many years there was a small hut on the site, which served as a Gurudwara. However, there is a now large Gurudwara, made of white marble, with a cusped dome, in place of the hermit's humble hut.

Special Attractions/Annual Events

Every year all the festivals of the Sikhs especially Baisakhi is celebrated with great enthusiasm here. A langar (free kitchen) is arranged during the festivals when thousands of people join irrespective of caste, creed and status.

Nearby Tourist Attractions

Shah Alam Tomb about 4 kilometers, Coronation Durbar site, Shalimar Bagh, Missionaries of Charity and Nirmal Hriday

Nearby Places to Eat

The area near the Gurudwara is inhabited by Tibetans and so one can really taste fairly authentic Tibetan food served in many dhabas here, McDonalds in Kamla Nagar and Model Town, Nirula's, Chacha ke Chole Bature, Baskin Robins and Momo's Point in Kamla Nagar, Vikrant Restaurant in Kingsway Camp, Grant Plaza in Model Town and many roadside eating joints.

Nearby Shopping Venues

Tibetan Market, Kamla Nagar Market, Model Town Market and Mukherji Nagar Market and Ashok Vihar Market.

Last Updated On: 2011/07/04

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