In a rare instance of co-operation between the two countries, India and Pakistan have inaugurated a new border crossing point.

The new crossing creates a corridor that leads to one of the holiest sites in the Sikh religion, a Gurdwara in the Pakistani town of Kartarpur.

India and Pakistan have signed a deal that will allow pilgrims from India to visit one of Sikhism’s holiest shrines in Pakistan without a visa.

The Kartarpur corridor is a new entry point giving access to the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur in Punjab. Tensions between the two countries have often made it hard to access and this is being seen as rare cooperation.

Sikhism was born in Punjab, a region that was divided during the partition of British India in 1947. Indian and Pakistani officials signed the agreement at Zero Point, the international border between the two countries.

The temple, located some 4km (2.5 miles) from the border with India, is believed to have been built on the site where Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism, died in the 16th Century.

Earlier in the week, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan claimed it was the “world’s largest gurdwara”, adding that the country would open its doors to Sikhs from across the world.

The corridor, which will be open to the public on 10 November, leads from the border straight to the gurdwara.But finalising details about the corridor hasn’t been easy, resulting in a protracted process that has dragged on since it was first announced almost a year ago.

It is in the last stages of construction and officials have said that it will be open for use by early November.

Hundreds of labourers are still busy putting finishing touches to the gurdwara and its expansion, which is spread across 42 acres.

The corridor will also feature a bridge that will allow visitors to cross over the Ravi river, which flows between the international border and the shrine.

Construction of new amenities surrounding the temple began soon after the project was officially announced in November last year.

The expansion includes a new courtyard, museum, library, dormitories, locker rooms, an immigration centre and an embankment to protect the temple in case of floods.

While Indian pilgrims do not need a passport or a visa for Pakistan, they will still need to obtain a permit before they go.

All the details about the process haven’t been released by officials yet, but we know that visitors must apply online for a permit, which will then need to be approved by both India and Pakistan.

The Sikh community in India has long demanded access to the corridor. Previous Indian governments even began preliminary discussions with Pakistan over access to the shrine.

It was first discussed in 1998 and then again in 2004 and 2008, but these talks never led to anything concrete.

Since partition, Indians have had limited access to the shrine, often struggling to obtain visas to visit, says BBC Punjabi’s Dalip Kumar.