Lakhi Jungle is a small forest which houses a historical Gurudwara in its depths and is one of the most visited places in Bathinda. This Gurudwara has interesting tales from history to tell. It is situated 15 kms away from the city center of Bathinda in the way to the city of Muktsar.
This small jungle situated in the outskirts of the town away from the hustle and bustle of the crowd is a peaceful space which explains it being the destination for a well known Gurudwara. This jungle has its own historical importance. It was used by the Sikh rebels in the seventeenth century as a hideout during the constant struggles of Sikhs against the Persian and Moghul empires that then ruled this parts of the country.
The first Sikh Guru, Guru Nanak Dev recited the holy mantra of Bani here one lakh times and explained the importance of Sikh way of life to those who were present. This Gurudwara was visited by the ninth Sikh Guru Dhan Dhan Sahib Sri Guru Teg Bahadur Ji and the tenth Guru, Dhan Dhan Guru Govind Singh Ji Maharaj in the past. This Gurudwara and the Lakhi Jungle that surrounds it is now taken care by the Buddha Dal Organization. There is an old and famous banyan tree here, from where Guru Ji spoke to his fellow followers and is one of the main attractions of the place.
Visitors can take a walk around this jungle and explore nature. Revive the horror and terror faced by the Sikh rebels that once hid behind those very trees to save their lives that were dedicated to the liberation of Sikhs. It is better to visit Lakhi Forest in the post-monsoon months.
Lakhi Forest with its thrilling tale in the Sikhs' revolutionary history is a must visit for all those exploring Bathinda. This peaceful place houses a beautiful Gurudwara in the center and is one of the best weekend getaways around this place. It is open to the public on all days of the year at all times. Entry to the jungle and Gurudwara is free.