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This article is about the municipality in Punjab, India. For its namesake district, see Gurdaspur district.
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Gurdaspur is located in Punjab
Coordinates: 32°02′00″N 75°24′00″E / 32.0333°N 75.40°E / 32.0333; 75.40Coordinates: 32°02′00″N 75°24′00″E / 32.0333°N 75.40°E / 32.0333; 75.40
Country India
State Punjab
District Gurdaspur
 • Total 10 km2 (4 sq mi)
Elevation 241 m (791 ft)
Population (2011)
 • Total 75,549
 • Density 649/km2 (1,680/sq mi)
 • Official Punjabi
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 143521
Vehicle registration PB 06

Gurdaspur (Punjabi: ਗੁਰਦਾਸਪੁਰ) is a city in the state of Punjab, situated in the northwest part of the Republic of India, between the rivers Beas and Raavi, 10 km from the international border between India and Pakistan. It houses the administrative headquarters of Gurdaspur District and is in the geographical center of the district, being situated on the Amritsar – Jammu National Highway, 36 km from Pathankot and 32 km from Batala. Head offices of all district departments are located in Batala and Gurdaspur.

Gurdaspur city was named after Mahant Guriya das ji.[1] The Emperor Akbar was crowned at Kalanaur, which is 26 km from the city. Behrampur town, where the Maqbara (mausoleum) of Bairam Khan is situated, is 10 km away. Dinanagar town, which was the capital of the kingdom of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, is 12 km away. The well-known woolen mill located in Dhariwal, is also 12 km from the city.


According to the 2011 India census,[2] Gurdaspur had a population of 2,299,026 (1,212,995 males and 1,086,031 females). There was a 9.30% increase in population compared to that of 2001. In the previous 2001 census of India, Gurdaspur District had recorded a 19.74% increase to its population compared to 1991.

The average literacy rate of Gurdaspur in 2011 was 81.10%, compared to 73.80% in 2001. The male and female literacy rates were 85.90% and 75.70%, respectively. For the 2001 census, the rates were 79.80% and 67.10% respectively. The total literate population was 1,668,339, consisting of 928,264 males and 740,075 females. Sex ratio is about 895 females per 1000 males. Population Density was 649 per square km. [2]


Gurdaspur, a major city of Punjab, was founded by Guriyaji Mahant in the 17th century. The place forms the northernmost part of the state. Resting within Jalandhar division, and flanked by the rivers Beas and Ravi, it shares its boundary with the districts of Hoshiarpur, Kapurthala, Amritsar and Pathankot.

Guriyaji laid the foundation of the city on land that he had bought from the Jats. Almost no evidence of the ancient history of the place is available, so not much is known about it. For a long period it was under the rule of the Shahi dynasty. A ruler named Jasrath Khokhar was defeated by Malik Sikander. With the fall of the Mughal Empire, the city came under the supremacy of the Sikh gurus. The place is linked to many eminent Sikh Gurus including Guru Gobind Singh, Guru Hargobind and Guru Nanak Dev. Maharaja Ranjit Singh made it one of his strongholds. After partition, a major portion of the city was ceded to India.

Seven kilometers to the west of the city, is Gurdas Nangal, a holy place linked to the heroic battle of Banda Bahadur with the Mughal armies. A gurudwara, a place of worship, whose entrance has an inscription describing the famous battle, is located here. It lies 10 kilometers from the city and was the site of a great massacre of Sikhs in 1746.

During the Misl period, Gurdaspur remained the centre of activity of Kanheya Misl and Ramgharia Misl. Maharaja Ranjit Singh conquered Ramgharia Misl in 1808, and Kanheya Misl in 1811, so they became a part of Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s empire.

The British East India Company annexed Punjab on 29 March 1849, after the second Anglo-Sikh war of 1839-49. After annexation, a need arose for recognition of districts for administrative purpose. As a result, Gurdaspur district was formed on 1 May 1852. The district of Adinanagar was renamed to Gurdaspur. So, from a tiny village, Gurdaspur became a district headquarters.

The mutiny of 1857 also affected Gurdaspur. The mutineers from Sialkot proceeded towards Gurdaspur. The British forces intercepted these mutineers at Trimmo Patan and defeated them in the battle of Trimmo Patan (12–16 July 1857). The prisoners were hanged in Bole Wala Bagh, situated behind Government College Gurdaspur.

Partition of 1947[edit]

During the partition of India in 1947, the future of Gurdaspur could not be decided for many days, as the majority of the population of this district, 51.14% was Muslim. The Radcliffe boundary awards transferred only Shakargarh Tehsil of the Gurdaspur district to Pakistan. The rest of the district was transferred to India. The Muslim population of the district migrated to Pakistan. Many refugees, the Hindus and the Sikhs of Sialkot and Tehsil Shakargarh, migrated to Gurdaspur after crossing the Ravi bridge. They settled and spread throughout Gurdaspur district. The transfer of Gurdaspur to India soon proved to be advantageous to India. It offered the only viable route to Kashmir when the Pakistani tribals (Pathans) and Pakistani Army irregulars (in disguise) invaded Kashmir in 1948 ((cite)).

At the time of partiton, Gurudwara Kartarpur Sahib, a famous Sikh heritage site went to Pakistan.[citation needed]



Gurdaspur's railway station is connected with the nearest station Pathankot and Amritsar. From Gurdaspur there are many trains to Pathankot and Amritsar. There are two mail trains: Jammu Tawi (Jammu to Tata Nagar) and the Pathankot-Delhi express.

There is a daily train from Dera Baba Nanak to Amritsar.


Gurdaspur is well connected to the road network National Highway 15 (NH 15). It is a major national highway in Western and Northwestern India. NH 15 connects Kandla in Gujarat with Gurdaspur in Punjab. This 1,526 km (948 mi)-long highway passes through: Gurdaspur, Amritsar, Tarn Taran Sahib, Zira, Kotkapura, Bhatinda, Ganganagar, Bikaner, Jaisalmer and Barmer. At Bikaner the National Highway 11 terminates at this Highway.

With a total length of 1,526 km (948 mi), the NH15 traverses 350 km (220 mi) in Punjab, 906 km (563 mi) in Rajasthan, and 270 km (170 mi) in Gujarat. It also connected Gurdaspur to Jammu through bmial, Kathua, and with NH 1A through Gurdaspur, Mukerian and Gurdaspur Shri Hargobind State Highways.


Gurdaspur has an All India Radio Relay station known as Akashvani Gurdaspur. It broadcasts on FM frequencies.


Gurdaspur has many elementary and secondary level schools and has 13 degree level and engineering colleges.[3] Beant College of Engineering & Technology Gurdaspur is among them, founded by then Chief Minister Beant Singh in 1995. A nationally accredited body by Ministry of Tourism (India) Institute of Hotel Management, Catering & Nutrition is also located in Gurdaspur.[3]

Notable People[edit]

  • Premchand Degra, Mr. Universe, Mr. World, Mr. Asia(8 times), Mr. India(9 times in a row) Internationally famous body builder
Dev Anand Actor
Ashwani Kumar Ex-Minister of Law and Justice
  • Ashwani Kumar, Leader
  • Chetan Anand, filmmaker, story & script writer of Bollywood
  • Sobha Singh (painter)
  • Teja Singh Akarpuri
  • Jasbir Jassi, popular Bhangra singer
  • Manpreet Gony, Cricket player
  • Lt. Navdeep Singh, soldier who was posthumously awarded the Ashoka Chakra Award
  • Partap Singh Bajwa President PPCC
  • Sudeep Singh Dhillon, IAS, 1984 Batch, Haryana Cadre.
  • Kanwal Kishore Attri, IPS Retd. Former Director General of Police of Punjab
  • Ambassador Ashok Kumar Attri, IFS, former Ambassador to Denmark, Oman & Zambia.
  • Baba Jaimal Singh ji,(1839–1903), popularly called "Baba Ji Maharaj", was a Punjabi Sikh who became a disciple of Soami Shiv Dayal (the Sant Mat saint of Agra and founder of the Radha Soami spiritual movement)
Pandit Lekh Ram (1858 – 6 March 1897)
  • Pandit Lekh Ram was an arya samaji who play role in protecting Hindu Dharma people as well as the cows that were killed in those days
Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, founder of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Movement
  • Mirza Tahir Ahmad, Khalifatul Massih IV of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, was born in Qadian, Died in London UK and buried in Islamabad / Surry UK
  • Iqbal Bahu, Pakistani Sufi singer, born in Gurdaspur but migrated to Pakistan after Independence. Awardee of the Tamgha-i-Imtiaz honor by the Government of Pakistan in 2008.
  • Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (of Qadian) was a major religious figure from British India and the founder of the Ahmadiyya Movement in Islam. He claimed to be the Mujaddid, the promised Messiah and Mahdi. His followers are known as Ahmadis
  • Mirza Basheer-ud-Din Mahmood Ahmad, Khalifatul Massih II of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community
  • Ishfaq Ahmad, born in Gurdaspur, migrated to Pakistan
  • Ghulam Ahmed Pervez, founded Tolu-e-Islam movement, migrated to Pakistan
  • Alla Rakha, Tabla player.
  • Zakir Hussain, Tabla player.
  • Chaudhry Niaz Ali Khan (of Jamalpur) founder of the Dar-ul-Islam Trust Institutes in Pathankot, India and Jauharabad, Pakistan, migrated to Pakistan after Independence
  • Pandit Gorakh Nath. Freedom Fighter. President, District Congress Committee, Gurdas Pur (Years 1952-1962). Member of legislative assembly, Panjab ( Years 1952-1957) from one constituency and (Years 1957- 1962) from another constituency in district Gurdas Pur. Served as Member, All India Congress Committee, Vice President, Panjab Pardesh Congress Committee and General Secretary, Panjab Pardesh Congrass Committee, during the times between the years 1952 and 1962. Before 1947, he was Member, District Congress Committee, Lyall Pur, now in Pakistan (The place has been renamed as Faislabad). He was imprisoned by the British Government during the Indian freedom struggle. Died at Batala , District Gurdaspur , Panjab during the year 1971, at the age of 64.
  • References
  1. ^ "About District". Retrieved March 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Gurdaspur District Population Census 2011, Punjab literacy sex ratio and density". Retrieved March 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Education Facilities in District Gurdaspur". Retrieved March 2013. 
  4. ^ "Romancing With Life By Dev Anand | India Special". 24 February 2009. Retrieved March 2013. 
  5. ^ "The Tribune, Chandigarh, India - Nation". Retrieved March 2013. 
  6. ^ "Hockey Olympian Prabhjot Singh to marry on Feb 20". 18 February 2009. Retrieved March 2013. 
  7. ^ "Prabhjot Singh Biography, Prabhjot Singh Bio, Prabhjot Singh Photos, Videos, Wallpapers, News". Retrieved March 2013. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Chester, Lucy P. Borders and Conflict in South Asia: The Radcliffe Boundary Commission and the Partition of Punjab. Manchester UP, 2009.
  •  Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Gurdaspur". Encyclopædia Britannica 12 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. 
  • Official website