Nanakmatta is an important Sikh pilgrimage centre that lies on the Rudrapur-Tanakpur route. Known as the abode of the yogis, this place has many devotees of Guru Gorakhnath and was earlier known as Gorakhmatta. When Guru Nanak, the first Sikh Guru, visited this place in the 16th century, its name was changed to Nanakmatta. Guru Nanak is said to have meditated here and it believed that he even taught the yogis the true path of meditation.
Guru Nanak was enchanted with the serene surroundings and divinity of the place and is said to have bestowed his blessings on it, which resulted in its growth. Nanakmatta is 17 kilometres from Khatima and is situated in the Udham Singh Nagar district in Uttarakhand. Another attraction here that adds to the popularity of the place is the Nanakmatta Dam built across the Saryu River. It serves as an ideal fishing and angling destaination.
Nanak Sagar Lake
An artificial lake created by the dam built on the River Deoha, in the holy Sikh town of Nanakmatta, Nanak Sagar has gradually risen on the tourist map of Kumaon. The town Nanakmatta itself is the seat of one of the world’s most important Sikh shrines namely Gurudwara Sri Nanakmatta Sahib. The gurudwara is associated with the first Sikh Guru, Guru nanak Dev Ji, who resided here during his pilgrimage to holy Mount Kailash in 1514. The place also has had close association with the sixth Guru of Sikhs, Guru hargobing Singh Ji.
Nanakmatta is in the Udham Singh Nagar district of Uttarakhand. Situated at a distance of 15 kilometers from Khatima town, Nanakmatta is visited by predominantly by Sikh devotees all through the year.
The adjoining Nanak Sagar Lake also naturally becomes an attraction for the pilgrims. The vast expanse of waters mirroring the million hues of the ever-changing sky delights the onlookers beyond imagination. The lake becomes a sanctuary for a multitude of migratory birds during the winter season and in recent years, keen birdwatchers have begun frequenting the lake.
HOW TO REACH
- Air : Nearest airport is Panthnagar, 62 km by motor.
- Rail : Nearest railhead is Kichha, 43 km by motor .
- Road : Well connected by Road.
- Altitude : 4,572 mts.
- Area : 1.5 Sq. Kms.
- Season : Round the Year.
- Accommodation : Tourist Rest House
Pantnagar Airport is the nearest airport which is located at a distance of 55 kms from Nanakmatta. Taxis are easily available from Pantnagar airport to Nanakmatta. Pantnagar is connected to Delhi with four round flights every week.
The nearest Railway station to Nanakmatta is Khatima which is well connected by railway network with major destination of India. Taxis and buses are easily available from Khatima railway station to Nanakmatta.The distance from Khatima Railway station to Nanakmatta is 15 kms.
Nanakmatta is well connected by motorable roads with major destination of northern India. Taxis and buses are easily available to Nanakmatta from major destination of Uttarakhand. Buses to Khatima and Rudrapur are available from ISBT Anand Vihar,Delhi. A cab can also be hired easily.