HemKund Sahib


HemKund Sahib, Uttarakhand

HemKund Sahib is a very famous and attractive pilgrimage place for the Sikhs located in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, India. This place is closely related with Guru Gobind Singh but the only thing that distinguishes it from other places is that it is connected with the Guru's previous incarnation, as Dusht Daman the might warrior. Guru Gobind Singh had mentioned about this place in his compositions Bachitar Natak the 2nd most important scripture of the Sikhs that is found in Dasam Granth. This is at a height of about 4329 meters above the sea level surrounded by Lokpal Lake. HemKund Sahib Gurdwara is built on the bank of the lake Lokpal. This Gurdwara is surrounded by seven snow clad peaks that are called as the HemKund parvats. Legend says that this is the place where their tenth guru sat for meditation and achieved union with god in his previous incarnation

After that he was summoned by the lord to take a rebirth in this world and teach the people the true path of humanity. Hence the Gurdwara built on this lake is observing his mission. This place is also a shelter for the guru Granth sahib as he is known as the eternal guru of Sikhs. In this way all the forms of spiritual guidance are understood here. Therefore the Sikhs go to this place, to be inspired and walk on the same difficult path where Guru walked. The Sikhs feel that after coming here they are closer to their guru and through him they are closer to god too.

This Gurdwara is the world's highest Gurdwara that holds a prominent place for the Sikhs. HemKund is derived from words Hem which means "gold" and Kund which means "bowl". This Gurdwara has a design of a star shape made up of beautiful stonework at the edge of the lake that is about 2 kilometers in circumference. The crystal clear water of the lake forms a mirror image of the snow clad which gives a picturesque view to the devotees.

Travel Route:

Airways: Nearest airports are the Jolly grant airport which is at the distance of about 307 kilometers away and Dehradun airport which is a distance of about 334 kilometers away from HemKund Sahib.

Rail ways: Nearest railway station is the Rishikesh station which is at a distance of about 293 kilometers from HemKund Sahib. This city is well connected to all the important cities of India via Rail lines.

Road ways: HemKund Sahib is at a distance of about 5 kilometers away from Ghangharia. From here it is at walking distance and Ghangharia is well connected with all the major cities of India via road. State transport and luxury bus services are available from here to all the main cities of India.

Best time to visit:

Ideal time to visit is from July to October because during this period the water is still and the shard of ice are floating on the water.