A historic corridor to one of Sikhism’s holiest shrines is now open, allowing Indian pilgrims rare visa-free access to the site in Pakistan. The Kartarpur corridor leads from the border straight to the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur, four kilometers away. But tensions between India and Pakistan have made the shrine hard to access in recent years. However, they reached an agreement over access last month, fulfilling a long-standing wish of the Sikh community. The corridor – which is in Punjab, a region divided during the partition of British India in 1947 – has opened just days before the 550th anniversary of the birth of Sikhism’s founder, Guru Nanak, on November 12th.
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