Hemkund Sahib is located in Chamoli district in Uttarakhand, India. It is situated at a elevation of 4,329 mts above sea level, Hemkund is a glacial lake that is surrounded by seven mountain peaks. Hemkund Sahib is the highest gurudwara of Sikh Community. Hemkund is basically a name derived from Sanskrit language. Hem means Snow and Kund means Bowl. For eight months of the year this ‘lake of ice’ is inaccessible, its water frozen beneath deep snow.
Hemkund-Sahib has religious importance for both Hindus and Sikhs . It is believed that the 10th Sikh Guru meditated on the banks of the Hemkund Lake and hence this site is an important pilgrimage for the Sikhs. The Indian epic of Ramayana also mentions Hemkund as the site where Lakshman meditated to restore himself to health after he was severely wounded in a fight with Meghanath. There is an ancient Lakshman Temple here.
The lake is the source of the Laxman Ganga stream that merges with the Pushpawati stream flowing from the Valley of Flowers. Number of Waterfalls, dense forest and seven peaks of Himalayan range and crystal clear lake water make this place a perfect destination for nature lovers. Trekking is one of the most favourite activities of tourists.
Best time to visit Hemkund Sahib
The best time to visit Hemkund Sahib is during the month June to October.
How to reach Hemkund Sahib
By Air – Nearest airport is Jolly Grant, 307 kms. (Dehradun 334 kms.)
By Rail – Nearest railhead is Rishikesh, 293 kms
By Road – Hemkund Saheb is 5 Kms. from Ghangharia, which is approachable on foot from Govindghat which is connected by road with Rishikesh, Kotdwara, Dehradun, Haridwar, Nainital, Ranikhet and other important hill stations of Garhwal and Kumaon Hills.