This weekend the school took a trip to Anandpur Sahib. We loaded the buses early in the morning and stopped for a late breakfast at a restaurant called Haveli, where we ate paneer paranthas and had some awesome lasi’s. We reached the Siri Singh Sahib’s estate in Anandpur at around noon. The boys stayed in two three story towers at the front of the property while the girls stayed in the main house.
After everyone got settled we headed to Bhabor Sahib Gurudwara. Bhabor Sahib is located on the outskirts of Anandpur, on a hill top that presents a beautiful view of a river and the surrounding forest.. This gurudwara is located on the spot where Guru Gobind Singh composed Chaupai Sahib. After all the students bowed, we sat inside the gurudwara and recited Chaupai as a group. It was nice to sit in this quite space and recite a bhani in the place where it was composed. After this, we hung around for a while, taking pictures and crowding around fierce looking monkeys. Then we made our way to the Anandhgar Fort.
The Anandhgar fort is located ten minutes away from Keshghar Sahib, the main gurudwara in Anandpur. The students walked down the endless steps of the Anadhghar well, then explored the upper rooms and hallways of the red bricked fort. After enjoying, exploring, and taking a thousand more pictures we had formation and made are way to Keshghar Sahib.
Jugat Guru explained to everyone the story of Baisakhi, then we all bowed in the gurudwara, taking a look through the glass at the weapons of Guru Gobind Singh and also the Jaap Sahib inscribed sword donated years ago by the Siri Singh Sahib and the Sikhs of the Western Hemisphere. After bowing we sat and ate Lungar. Dal, rice, roti, and water, what more do you need? That night we ate samosas and gulabjamins around a bon fire, we didn’t need those things, but they tasted great anyways. Some students sat and talked, while others who still had energy, snuck around the property playing a tag and hide and seek hybrid called tupa.
The next day we woke up early, (early is actually the normal here at MPA) and got on the bus again to go play Gatka wars up in the hills. Gatka wars is a game like capture the flag, except instead of tagging each other students have sticks and spar each other, three hits and your out. Gatka wars in Anandpur is an MPA tradition and is always a highlight of the year. This year was no different, students happily charged up boulders and through bushes to whack at each other with sticks until someone sprinted in to take the flag, winning the game. That afternoon we loaded back up in the bus and travelled back to the school.
In two days we visited four Gurudwaras, got exercise playing gatka wars, and ate some good food. This was great trip for new students who had never been to Anandpur.
I asked Narayan, an intermediate boy, what he thought about the trip. “I really love going to Anandpur. I like doing Gatka wars and visiting these cool Gurudwaras. I never knew the story of Bhabour Sahib and the view was awesome!”
All in all a great Anandpur trip. I’m very happy the school went and very happy I was along for the trip.
A question for our readers.
Have any of you been to Anandpur Sahib? What did you think of the trip and did you visit any of these same places?