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Rajan Rawat

Rajan Rawat4.3/5

1 review

The Valley of Flowers and Hemkund Sahib

to sum it in one word.......AWESOME......
A trekkers delight. The trek is easy, beginners level, but the place is amazing. The spectacular valley is full of blooming flowers, hundreds in species, surrounded by glaciers is at its best in august-september.

Hemkund Sahib is a religious destination for sikhs who flock the place from all over during june-october.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: The valley and Hemkund sahib

Activities & things to do: trekking, sight seeing

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: access through roads from dehi and dehradun
closest airport- jollygrant , dehradun
closest railway station- rishikesh
trek of 18-20km from base camp(Govindghat)

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Amit Thaker

Amit Thaker4.3/5

8 reviews

Hemkund Sahib-Valley of Flowers

The only way to get here is a 2-day trek. A fairly rigourous trek. A trek that is undertaken by both adventurers seeking the beauty of the Hem-Kund - a high altitude lake - and pious Sikhs seeking to visit the meditation spot of one of their key saints.

Very beautiful, amazing views of Kailash Parbat, a very fascinating Gurudwara by the Lake, and an opportunity to watch the power of religion - watching hundreds of Sikhs, young, old, and very very old, trek to Hemkund.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: No shopping. The whole point is to get away from shopping. Hemkund is a place to either watch the wonders of nature or experience the devotion to a Saint by his followers; or both.

The Valley of Flowers is very close and should not be missed.

Activities & things to do: Trek, click pictures, trek, come back

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Train to Haridwar. Long road journey to Govind ghat, 22 kms from Joshimath. One day trek to Gangharia. Hemkund is a 3-5 hour trek from Ghangaria. A fairly steep one. Valley of flowers is a 2-4 hour easy trek from Ghangaria. There are plenty of hotels and camping sites at Ghangaria.

Season for this trek is from April-Sept. Porters can be hired at Govindghat, Ghangaria or enroute to help you carry your bags or even you!! People can be transported by a horse/mule, on the back of a porter or even a palaquin kind of structure!

The route is fairly well marked, there are plenty of hikers and devotees taking on the same journey and several small shops selling snacks/food/water/etc.

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Hemkund Overview

Hemkund is located in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand and is popular among locals as well as travellers for its trekking roots, pilgrimage points and mountains that remain snow capped. Hemkund is considered to be a place with religious importance for both Hindus and Sikhs. Popular attractions located here include the seven peaks, which are also known by the name of Sapt Shring that is surrounded by green pastures.

According to historians, there has been a long association of the place with Sikhism, but it was only in the year 1934, that granthi Sant Sohan Singh visited the place and decided to build a Gurudwara here. Initially granthi Sant Sohan Singh started the work in coordination with Hawaldar Baba Modan Singh by building a 10 sq ft. room where the holy book of Guru Granth Sahib was installed.

Later on, a seven member trust was formed by Hawaldar to manage the Gurudwara and it was the same trust that went on establishing many other Gurudwaras in different regions like Haridwar, Rishikesh, Srinagar, etc.

The destination of Hemkund is popular for Hemkund Sahib Gurudwara, which is said to be the location where the tenth Sikh guru, Guru Gobind Singh, had meditated. There is also a lake of snow present here that is connected to the glaciers of Saptrishi and Hathi Parvat. Gurudwara Hemkund Sahib is a star shaped Gurudwara located at a height of 4000 metres.

There is also Gurudwara Sri Paonta Sahib which is a religious place said to be established by Guru Gobind Singh himself. Other than gurudwaras, there is also a small Laxman temple here that is known by the name of Laxman Lokpal.

Travelling to Hemkund is not so easy because of its location and unpredictable weather. The nearest airport to Hemkund is at Dehradun, about 160 kilometres away. Hemkund does not have any train station either and Rishikesh is the nearest train station at a distance of 152 kilometres.

The weather conditions in the region of Hemkund are very unpredictable and harsh throughout the year. The best time to visit Hemkund would be between the months of July and September as the weather is comparatively better. The region of Hemkund is inaccessible from the month of October to April because of heavy snow.

Photos of Hemkund

Pandukeshwar, Hemkund

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Jagdish Raval

Pandukeshwar, Hemkund
Pandukeshwar, Hemkund

Photo by

Jagdish Raval

Pandukeshwar, Hemkund
Hemkund, Uttarakhand

Photo by

Manohar Singh

mountains view, Hemkund

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