Sikh pilgrims who visited Kathmandu recently to celebrate the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak on Tuesday asked the Nepal government to develop the country as a centre of religious tourism.
They said it was their privilege to have participated in the celebrations at Kathmandu's Nanak Math gurdwara, which was visited by Guru Nanak more than 500 years ago.
They asked the Nepal government to evolve a mechanism in consultations with India to make the Himalayan country a pilgrim tourism centre.
A number of Sikhs, including former Lt Governor of Puducherry Iqbal Singh, participated in the celebrations after the Nepal government allowed services at the gurdwara.
Gurcharan Singh, a pilgrim, said he was fortunate to see the place (in Nepal) visited by the first Sikh Guru.
Pritpal Singh, president of Gurdwara Dukhniwaran Sahib, Ludhiana, and Jagjit Singh Gaba, president of Gurdwara Guru Teg Bahadur, Jalandhar, also participated in the celebrations.