Islamabad, 17 April 2023 (TDI): As the world celebrates Baisakhi, the most auspicious Sikh festival, the Foreign Office of Pakistan extends its warmest greetings to the Sikh community worldwide and invites them to visit the holy sites in Pakistan.
Pakistan’s Foreign Office released a video depicting Sikh pilgrims from around the world visiting sacred religious sites in Pakistan.
Baisakhi is a significant religious event for the Sikh community since it commemorates the formation of the Khalsa Panth, the Sikh fraternity. Sikhs celebrate this festival by assembling, worshiping, and sharing communal meals known as langars.
The day begins with Sikhs visiting Gurdwaras to offer rituals, participate in kirtan, or sing hymns from the Sikh scriptures.
Every year, thousands of Sikhs worldwide travel to Pakistan to visit the holy sites connected with their faith. These sites include Gurdwara Panja Sahib, Gurdwara Janam Asthan Guru Nanak Dev Ji, and Gurdwara Sacha Sauda.
The country has also invested in developing and restoring sacred sites, such as the Kartarpur Corridor, which links the Sikh holy site of Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan to the Indian border.
According to the Foreign Office, Pakistan is a land of diverse cultures. It is home to several sacred religious sites for people of various faiths. The country accepts pilgrims worldwide to enjoy its rich religious legacy because the Pakistani people cherish spiritual harmony and diversity.
Pakistan’s distinctive religious landscape offers an excellent opportunity for religious tourism. Visitors can explore and experience different religions’ memorable traditions, rituals, and beliefs.
The Government has taken several steps to promote religious tourism in recent years. It has introduced tourist e-visas and opened visa-free access to some countries.
In addition, the government has established a dedicated department, the Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC), to facilitate religious tourism. The PTDC provides various services, including accommodation, transportation, and tour guides, to ensure visitors a comfortable and hassle-free pilgrimage.
Promoting religious tourism in Pakistan is about more than just attracting visitors. It promotes peace, harmony, and understanding between different religious communities.
The country projects itself as a beacon of interfaith harmony and cultural exchange by exhibiting the diversity of religious traditions in Pakistan. The nation believes that areligious tourism help breaks down stereotypes. It fosters mutual respect and awareness between people of different faiths.