Nanakmatta is an important Sikh pilgrimage centre that lies on the Rudrapur-Tanakpur route. Known as the abode of the yogis, this place has many devotees of Guru Gorakhnath and was earlier known as Gorakhmatta. When Guru Nanak, the first Sikh Guru, visited this place in the 16th century, its name was changed to Nanakmatta. Guru Nanak is said to have meditated here and it believed that he even taught the yogis the true path of meditation.
Guru Nanak was enchanted with the serene surroundings and divinity of the place and is said to have bestowed his blessings on it, which resulted in its development. Nanakmatta is 17 kilometres from Khatima and is situated in the Udham Singh Nagar district in Uttarakhand. Another attraction here that adds to the popularity of the place is the Nanakmatta Dam built across the Saryu River. This serves as an ideal fishing and angling destination centre. The Nanakmatta Gurudwara is a sacred historical Sikh shrine situated betweenKhatima and Sitargang on the Khatima
Panipat road. The significant Baoli Sahib is situated on the banks of the Ghaghar River in Nanakmatta near Nanak Sagar Dam. When the yogis misused their powers by drying up the water of this area, Guru Nanak gave instructions to Bhai Mardana to pick up a spade and go to a nearby river. He then had to drag the river behind him with the spade without looking behind. On doing so the river followed him and stopped at the point where he looked behind to see the river flow. This made the yogis accept defeat and a baoli was constructed here. Nanakmatta is an important pilgrimage centre and thousands of Sikh devotees flock
here to attain divine blessings.