Beautiful gurudwara surrounded by snow-capped peaks
Among the highest gurudwaras in the world
Located next to a glacial lake
This beautiful gurudwara, also known as Gurudwara Shri Hemkund Sahib Ji, is situated at an altitude of around 4,329 m, on the bank of the pristine Hemkund (Lokpal) lake at the base of the Saptshringi glacier. One of the most revered Sikh shrines, Hemkund Sahib draws thousands of pilgrims every year. It is recorded in the holy Granth Sahib that the tenth guru of Sikhs, Guru Govind Singh, mediated by the serene banks of Hemkund lake in one of his earlier births. Surrounded by seven snow-capped peaks, the gurudwara's picturesque natural settings and trek routes, including the one to the Valley of Flowers, make it a popular destination for trekkers and tourists as well. You can reach this majestic lake through a challenging trek from Ghangharia. A small stream known as Himganga originates from the imposing Hemkund lake.
It is said Lakshmana, younger brother of Lord Rama from the epic Ramayana, regained his health by meditating on the banks of Hemkund after the severe injuries he received in the war. The Lakshmana temple is said to have been built at the place where Lakshmana meditated.
The gurudwara remains enveloped by snow during winter and every year, in summer, it re-opens in May for the annual pilgrimage.
Hemkund Sahib Yatra, 2021
Gate opening ceremony: May 10, 2021
How to reach
The nearest airport is Jolly Grant, Dehradun, 334 Km.
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
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