Hemkund Sahib is a pilgrimage site of Sikhs. It literally means “Lake of Snow” because the pristine water of the lake is as cool as snow. It is perched at an elevation of 4,329kms above the sea level in the state of Uttarakhand. It is also popularly known as Gurudwara Shri Hemkund Sahib. It is dedicated to the Tenth Guru of Sikhs, Guru Gobind Singh. It is surrounded by seven mountain peaks which are adorned by a Nishan Sahib on its cliffs.
Delights of this trekking trip are various cascading waterfalls, dense forest, captivating view of Himalayas, crystal clear lake and the holy site of Hemkund Sahib Gurudwara. It is the most elevated Gurudwara of Sikh Community. This star shaped Gurudwara is located on the pure Hemkund, at a distance of 6kms from Ghangaria and is made up of white marbles and concrete.
It history says that, before it was known as the Lokpal which means the Sustainer of the people. It also finds its mention in autobiography of Shri Guru Gobind Singh Ji. However no one knew about this for more than two centuries. Later, Bhai Santosh Singh who was a historian and poet narrate a story of Dusht Daman in which he introduced Guru Gobind Singh Ji as a vanquisher of evil and also described the place of the worship.
Then in the late 19th century, Pandit Tara Singh Narotam compiled a summary of numerous Sikh pilgrimage sites, which includes this Gurudwara. According to the description provided in Mahabharata, Narotam reached the place where King Pandu meditated. He found Hemkund sahib in between 1872-1957 A.D., by which Bhai Vir Singh Ji, famous historian and poet, agreed to the accuracy of Narotam’s data of discovery of Hemkund Sahib.
Apart from this, according to Hindu mythology, it was known as Lokpal because it was the place where Lakshman, younger brother of lord Rama, used meditate here.
Best Time to Travel Hemkund Sahib:
Opening time of Gurudwara for Darshan is 25th May and closes on 10th October every year. Hemkund sahib is situated near some of the most renowned tourist destinations of Uttarakhand such as Badrinath, which is one of the four Dhams of India. Mana, it is one of the last village of India and near Indo-Tibetan border. Joshimath, it is an abode of Lord Shri Badrinath during winter. And the Auli, it is the best skiing and paragliding destination of India.
How to Reach Hemkund Sahib:
Govind Ghat is the starting point of the trek towards Hemkund Sahib. 7kms trek of Pulna to Bhyundar village is rich in nature’s scenic splendours which include cascading water and cold springs. You will find small roadside tea stall all across the route where you can also hire young and enthusiastic tourist guides. Distance between Ghangaria and Hemkund is just 6kms but the last stretch of the trek take time.
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