Garhwal

Hemkund Sahib

 

Hemkund

Hemkund Sahib (also spelled as Hemkunt) is famous Gurudwara of shiks, which is visited by lakhs of devotees from all over the world every year. Hemkund Sahib Gurudwara is devoted to Guru Gobin Singh Ji(1966-1708), the Tenth Sikh Guru, known for his piece of work Dasam Granth. Gurudwara is located in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand in India.

Glacial lake is in front of the Gurudwara, surrounded by seven mountain peeks adorned by Nishan Sahib on its cliff. It is Situated 4632 mts above see level.Due to extreme wheather conditions, Glaciers and snow bound paths Hemkund Sahib is in accessible from October to April.

The take-off point for Hemkund Sahib is the town of Govindghat about 275 kilometres (171 mi) from Rishikesh. The 13 kilometres (8.1 mi) trek is along a reasonably well maintained path to the village of Ghangaria(also caled Govinddham). This path can be covered either by walk or by pony and a Gurudwara here gives shelter to pilgrims. In addition there are a few hotels and a campground with tents and mattresses. A 1,100-metre (3,600 ft)climb on a 6-kilometre (3.7 mi) of stone paved path leads Hemkund. Overnight stay is not allowed at Hemkund Sahib and so it is necessary to leave by 2 pm to make it back to Govindghat by nightfall.