Religious Tourism Development in Pakistan and its Role in Peace Building
Religious tourism is a pioneering form of tourism that began at the dawn of mankind. Pakistan has many sacred sites in every state and people from all over the world visit these places. Notably, the Sikh community has many sacred sites, relics and Shrines that many Indian national Sikhs visit to pay for their rituals. But the big hurdle was the Indian- Pakistan clashes and the toxic history both share. Meanwhile, Pakistan’s 22nd Prime Minister Imran Khan took the initiative of opening the Kartar Pur Corridor and allowing Sikh pilgrims to perform their holy rituals without a visa. Moreover, the country has more religious sites such as Panja Sahib in Hasanabdal where the Shrine of Guru Nanak has a holy stone. The stone is a sacred relic and has a story behind it. Around 2000 visitors come to Panja Sahib every festival. The pilgrims at Panja Sahib Shrine were studied as a sample for the study. This research studied that the Sikh community is satisfied with their religious tour experience and has responded positively to the efforts and developments made by Pakistan.
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