The city Muktsar (also known as Muktsar Sahib) is in Punjab. It is a very important place of pilgrimage for Sikh devotees. Muktsar used to be known as ‘Khidrana.’ Muktsar can be translated to mean ‘pool of liberation.’ This city is of historical importance and it is believed to be the place where Guru Gobind Singhji fought his last battle. 40 Sikh warriors had battled to death against the Mughals in 1705 AD.
Places to Stay
There are several budget-friendly hotels in Muktsar. Some of them are Hotel Madan (Tariff – Rs. 2300), City Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 100), Rahat Residency (Tariff – Rs. 870) and Royal Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 500.)
The official language of Muktsar is Punjabi. The other languages that are spoken here include Hindi, English and Urdu.
Lohri and Maghi Mela are two of the important events that take place in Muktsar in the month of January. Sikhs from all over India come to Muktsar for the Maghai Mela which is held in memory of the 40 brave Muktas or warriors who fought against the Mughals. On this occasion Sikh devotees also take a dip in the sacred water. A big animal fair takes place on the day of the Maghi Mela and it is here that the best breeds of horses are showcased. This animal fair is also popularly known as ‘Ghorhian Da Mela.’
Places of Interest
Tourist attractions in and around Muktsar include Tuti Gandi Gurudwara Sahib, Gurudawara Rakab sar, Tibbi Sahib and Gurudwara Taran Taran Sahib. The Angooran Wali Masjid (mosque) near the railway station is known for its beautiful architecture.
How to Get There
The airport closest to Muktsar city is the Bhatinda airport. It is located about 54.6 km away from the town.
Muktsar city has a railway station which has trains that connect to Kotkapura, Bhatinda and Amritsar.
There are daily bus services to Bhatinda, Kotkapura, Amritsar, Ludhiana and Chandigarh. Popular bus operators in this region are considered to be Libra Travels and Jujhar travels. Book your tickets online by comparing the bus ticket prices from several bus booking portals.