Shri Hemkund Sahib is an important pilgrimage destination for Hindus and Sikhs. Hemkund is the breathtaking Lokpal lake located at an altitude of 4329 m from the sea level. The picturesque natural settings make this hill region an amazing place for rejuvenating vacations. One can reach this majestic lake through a challenging but interesting and enjoyable trek from Ghangharia.
Sikhs consider this as a scared region with one of the famous Sikh Gurudwara placed in the heart of the region. A Hindu shrine dedicated to mythological hero Lakshmana is attractive for Hindu Pilgrims. This temple is built on the banks of Hemkund.
Hemkunt Sahib is nestled amidst seven snow capped peaks and marvelous snowy glaciers. The nature is reflected here with all its mighty appearance in the crystal clear alluring water. Hemkund lake is fed by the glaciers from majestic peaks known as Hathi Parvat and Saptrishi peaks. A small stream known as Himganga originates from this imposing lake.
It is recorded in the holy Granth Sahib that the tenth Guru of Sikhs, Guru Govind Singh mediated on the serene banks of Hemkund in one of his earlier births. Guru Govind Singh is believed to be the Guru who founded all present characteristics of present Sikhism. The Gurudwara of the Sikhs on the banks of Hemkund is located at the place where Guru had meditated. Huge flocks of Sikh pilgrims pay their visit to this Gurudwara every year.
Hemkunt has got mentions in the Ramayana. It is believed that the younger brother of Lord Rama, Lakshmana regained his health by meditating on the banks of Hemkunt after the severe injuries he received from Meghnath during Rama-Ravana war. The Lakshmana temple is built at the place where Lakshmana meditated to regain the health.
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Famous for/as: Pilgrim
Languages: Garhwali, Hindi
Best Season: Jun – Oct
Weather: Summer 2 to 25°C,
Winter: -17 to 18°C.
Altitude: 4200 m
STD code: 01372
Valley Of Flowers:
Valley of Flowers is beautiful 4 kms, easy trek from Ghangaria. The region of Valley of Flowers is rich in varied flora and fauna. The valley of flowers was declared as the National Park of India in the year 1982 and it is now a world heritage site. The virgin beauty of this mystical valley has always lured botanists, nature lovers and adventure lovers.
It is the last human habitation centre on the way to Hemkund Sahib and the Valley of Flowers. Ghangaria is a scenic hamlet perched at an altitude of 3,050mts above sea level at a distance of 13km from Govind Ghat and 4kms before Valley of flowers. The trek becomes easy to moderate from this point if you are travel towards Hemkund Sahib. The region is prone to heavy snowfall in winters, therefore the region remains opened from May to October. A Gurudwara, GMVN rest houses and a few more hotels provide accommodation facility at Ghangharia.
Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest Airport to Hemkund Sahib but the roads are only connected upto Govind Ghat from where you have to commence trek of 19kms to reach Hemkund Sahib. Govindghat is situated at a distance of 292kms from Jolly Grant Airport. Jolly Grant Airport is well connected to Delhi with daily flights. Govindghat is well connected by motorable roads with Jolly Grant Airport. Taxis are available from Jolly Grant Airport to Govindghat.
The nearest railway station to Hemkund Sahib is Rishikesh but the roads are only connected upto Govind Ghat from where you have to commence trek of 16 kms to reach Hemkund Sahib. Rishikesh railway station is situated 273 kms before Govindghat on NH58. Rishikesh is well connected by railway networks with major destinations of India. Trains to Rishikesh are frequent. Govindghat is well connected by motorable roads with Rishikesh. Taxis and buses are available from Rishikesh, Srinagar, Rudraprayag, Chamoli, Joshimath and many other destinations to Govindghat.
Hemkund Sahib is connected upto Govind Ghat with motoralble roads and from here you have to commence trek of 19kms to reach Hemkund Sahib. Govindghat is well connected by motorable roads with major destinations of Uttarakhand state. Buses to Haridwar, Rishikesh and Srinagar are available from ISBT Kashmiri Gate. Buses and Taxis to Govindghat are easily available from major destinations of Uttarakhand state like Rishikesh, Pauri, Rudraprayag, Karnaprayag, Ukhimath, Srinagar, Chamoli etc. Govindghat is situated on National Highway 58 making it easy to reach.
Freezing Cold with Snowfall
|Weather during January month is snow bound and freezing cold. The region is fully covered with snow. Roads are blocked during this period and it is not a good time for pilgrimage visit.|
|Weather remains freezing cold and snow bound during this period. Mercury goes down below subzero level and the place is snow covered. Roads are blocked due to snow which makes it difficult for pilgrimage visit.|
|Temperature begins to increase a little but the climate is still very cold and snow bound. Road blocks prevent tourist from visiting the place. It is not the best time for visiting Hemkund Sahib.|
|The climate remains very cold during April month. Days are accompanied by less sunshine and nights are extremely cold. Roads are generally blocked during this period and it prevents the tourists from visiting the place. It may not be the best month to visit.|
|The climate during May in Hemkund is very cold with little sunshine during daytime. Nights are extremely cold throughout the month. It may not be a good time for visiting the place.|
|Temperature starts to rise to a little comfortable level but the climate remains cold throughout the month. Days are mostly accompanied by sunshine which makes is suitable for pilgrim visits and other tourist activities.|
|July offers moderately cold weather and temperatures reaches to a comfort level. Days are pleasant with beautiful sunshine and this period is ideal for pilgrimage visits and other tourist activities. However, this month is also accompanied by some rainfall.|
|The climate remains mild cold and it is one of the best months for visiting Hemkund Sahib. Days are pleasing with beautiful sunshine. Nature blossoms with beautiful flowers and greenery. It is an ideal time for enjoying the natural beauty of the place. Sometimes rain may also occur during this period.|
|Hemkund has moderately cold but pleasant weather in this month. Most of the days are accompanied by sunshine with lots of clear skies. Temperatures are comfortable and it is one of the best months to visit the place. Natural beauty can be enjoyed at its best during this period.|
|Temperature slightly decreases and the climate becomes very cold but bearable. There will be sunshine during daytime but nights are much colder. Tourist activities can be carried out in this time.|
|The weather becomes extremely cold in this month. Temperature goes down below subzero level. The route to Hemkund Sahib is also closed and it is not a good time for pilgrim visit.|
Freezing Cold with Snowfall
|Weather in December is freezing cold accompanied by occasional snowfall. The place is sno|