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Hemkund Sahib

This high-altitude Gurudwara (temple), the Hemkund Sahib, is accessible only by means of a 19 km trek from Gobindghat on the Rishikesh-Badrinath highway. Encircled by snow-clad peaks and glaciers, the heavenly abode of Hemkund Sahib is a popular pilgrimage place for Sikhs.
In the holy book of Guru Granth there is a distinct mention of a lake surrounded by seven snow-covered peaks. Hemkund Sahib was discovered in 1930, and was quickly identified with the location mentioned in the holy book. The 10th Sikh Guru Gobind Singh came here to attain peace for his troubled soul, and it is believed that he experienced his enlightenment near the lake.
The water is sparkling clean and the entire area looks like a lush green pasture. When the snow melts on the rocky shores of the lake, one can see the rare sight of the blooming Brahma Kamal, “the Lotus of the Gods” bursting forth in swaths of brilliant yellow and green.
The Sikh Shrine and Lakshman Temple are located very close to the lake. Enjoying picturesque surroundings at the extreme height of 4000 m, this place is a reminder of the saint’s mission and is a memorial to Guru Gobind Singh.
The Gurudwara is generally accessible from June - October; during winter months however, the place is inaccessible, as it becomes completely snowed in.
The 19 km trek path from Govindghat is well-maintained as far as Gobind Dham or Ghangaria. Weary pilgrims can take a refreshing overnight break at Gobind Dham Gurudwara. The Gurudwara can provide food and shelter for pilgrims proceeding towards Hemkund. A steep 4-6h trek from Ghangharia leads to Hemkund Sahib.
There are no facilities to stay overnight at Hemkund Sahib itself, Trekkers must leave Hemkund by 14h00 and spend the night at either Gobind Dham or Ghangaria.
From May onwards the earliest arriving Sikh pilgrims begin to repair the damage sustained to the path over the prolonged winter season. this “community service” also known as “Kar Seva” is regarded as a ‘good deed’ and it forms an integral part of Sikh life.
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Best Seasons
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Season Min. Temp. Max. Temp.
Summer 6 °C 30 °C
Winter -4 °C 15 °C
Hemkund is inaccessible because of snow from October through April. the climate of Hemkund is cold and inconsistent. The best time to visit this place is from July to September.

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