Hemkund Sahib

Valley of flowers

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Hemkund Sahib Overview

Ranked 2 of 4 sightseeing in Valley of flowers

Hemkund Sahib, also known as Snow Lake, is perched at an altitude of 4,329 m above sea level. This place is surrounded by snow-covered mountains, which are collectively known as Hemkund Parvat. According to a belief, it is said that the tenth guru of Sikhs, Shri Guru Govind Singh Ji, meditated on the banks of this lake.

It is also believed that it is the same lake where several sages and religious teachers from the Hindu mythology performed penance. In addition, Rishi Medhasa belonging to the Markandeya Purana and brother of Lord Rama, Lakshman also performed penance at this lake. This lake is the source of water of the Laxman Ganga stream, which is also known as Hem Ganga. This water stream merges at Ghangaria with Pushpawati stream flows from Valley of Flowers.

With around 2 km of circumference, the lake offers crystal clear view of the surrounding Saptashringa peaks, located at an elevation of 5,500 m. The best time to visit this place is between July and October.

The other two most popular tourist attractions which can be explored are Gurudwara Hemkund Sahib and Temple of Lord Lakshman. Located on the shores of the lake, Gurudwara Hemkund Sahib is a magnificent star-shaped structure constructed of stone. On the other hand, the temple located within the destination is dedicated to Lord Rama.

For travelling to this place, one has to trek for around 15 km from Govindghat. While trekking, travellers will pass through pine forests where ferns, alpine flowers, rhododendron and wild roses are available in plenty.

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Vini Kalra

Vini Kalra5.0/5

2 reviews

When in search of peace then this is the place

The trek to the top is steep and difficult to achieve, yet you will find many Sikhs. On your way you will come across picturesque landscapes and mountain views worth the pain.

Donarun Das

Donarun Das3.9/5

213 reviews

Gurudwara Hemkund Sahib

A steep trek of 6 km from Ghangria is Hemkund Sahib. Nestled between 7 peaks, this is one of the holiest shrines for the sikhs. Start early morning with a sea of orange turbans, the trek itself is as memorable as the destination.

Swarnabha Dutta

Swarnabha Dutta5.0/5

6 reviews

God's abode.

It's just saintly and insanely breathtaking experience. After all the physical exhaustion you feel relaxed once you come in the periphery of this place.

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Amanjeet Singh

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Hemkund Sahib , Valley of flowers

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Amanjeet Singh

Hemkund Sahib , Valley of flowers