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Hemkund Lake

The Hemkund Lokpal Lake at the cirque floor of the Saptshringi Glacier. Surrounded by seven snow-crested peaks this large glacial lake reflects these blissful and divine surroundings on its sparkling and lucid waters. The lake is nourished by glaciers from Hathi Parvat and Saptrishi peaks. A diminutive stream flows out of this lake and is known as Himganga. Lying in the upper reaches of the Charmoli district at a height of 4329 meters, in Garhwal, it is a well known pilgrimage site for the Sikhs, since Hemkund Sahib is located on its banks. Hindus and people from other faiths also hold it in high esteem. A temple dedicated to Laxman is also built on the banks of this lake

A steep and demanding trek of some six hours leads to this divine lake. History has it that a Sikh hawaldar in the British army discovered this lake in the late 1920’s after which it turned into one of the most sacred pilgrimages of the Sikhs and Hindus alike.

  • Air : Nearest airport is Jolly Grant, 307 km by motor (Dehradun 334 Km).
  • Rail : Nearest railhead is Rishikesh, 300 km.
  • Road : Govindghat to Ghangharia is 14 Km trek, from there the trek to Hemkund Sahib is 5 Km. Govindghat, is connected by road with Rishikesh, Kotdwar, Dehradun, Haridwar and other important hill stations of Garhwal and Kumaon Hill
  • Altitude : 4,329 mts.
  • Season : June to October.
  • Accommodation : Tourist Rest House, Gurudwara and Private Lodges are available at Ghangharia.


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