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Hemkund Sahib - A Holy Shrine By The Lake

Hemkund Sahib is situated at an altitude of 4,329 mts above sea level in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand state. Hemkund literally suggests 'Lake of snow' and the pristine water of this lake is as cold as snow. It is also known as Gurudwara Shri Hemkunt Sahib.

Numerous waterfalls, dense forest, enchanting view of the Himalayas, crystal clear lake and the holy Hemkund Sahib Gurudwara are the key highlights of this trekking trip. The weather changes very rapidly at Hemkund Sahib. 

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Why Visit Hemkund Sahib?

Perched at an elevation of 4,329 mts above sea level, Hemkund Saheb is the highest Gurudwara of Sikh community. Hemkunt Sahib is situated 6 km from Ghangharia, this star shaped Gurudwara is made up of white marbles and concrete and it is located on the shores of the pristine Hemkund. 

Hemkund Sahib Opening Date 2018 : Shri Hemkunt Sahib has been opened on 25 May 2018. Team eUttaranchal wishes you all a safe and joyful journey.  In additional, you can also visit the UNESCO'S world heritage site 'Valley of flowers' which is on a trekking distance from Hemkund sahib Gurudwara. Check valley of flowers packages.

Hemkund Closing date 2018: Hemkund Sahib Gurudwara Closing date for 2018 will be updated soon. 

Staying in Hemkund Sahib

Ghangharia (3,046 mts) is a scenic hamlet, situated 13 kms from Govindghat and is the last human habitation centre on the way to Hemkund Sahib.

History of Hemkund Sahib

Earlier Hemkunt Sahib was known as 'Lokpal' by the local inhabitants, meaning the sustainer of the people. Hemkunt Sahib was mentioned in the autobiography of Shri Guru Gobind Singh. However, the site remained hidden for more than two centuries. It was the famous Sikh historian and poet, Bhai Santokh Singh (1787-1843) who narrated the story of Dusht Daman, which literally suggests the 'vanquisher of evil', a name chosen for Guru Gobind. He also described the 'tapasthan' or the place of worship. 

In late 19th century, Pandit Tara Singh Narotam, a Nirmala scholar compiled a synopsis of the various Sikh pilgrimage places, which included Sri Hemkunt Sahib. On the account of the description provided in the Mahabharata, Narotam traversed to the place where Pandu king had meditated. He was able to verify the site of Sri Hemkunt Sahib and around 1872-1957 A.D., Bhai Vir Singh, a renowned poet-historian agreed to the authenticity of Narotam’s evidence of the discovery of Sri Hemkunt Sahib. He also presented a vivid description of the site in his biography of the tenth guru, Kalghidhar Chamatkar.

However, the person behind the discovery of the present location of the tapasthan was Sant Sohan Singh of Tehri Garhwal, a retired granthi from the army. He was inspired by the description given by Bhai Vir Singh in his work and visited the place accompanied by Baba Kartar Singh Bedi in 1934. Sant Sohan Singh was determined to set up a Gurudwara here and met Bhai Vir Singh in this regard.

Mythology of Hemkund Sahib

As per the Hindu mythology, Sri Hemkunt Sahib was known as Lokpal, a lake which was the meditational grounds of Lakshmana, the younger brother of Rama. There is also a temple of Lakshman adorned on the shore of the Hemkund Lake.

About Hemkund Lake

The circumference of the crystal clear Hemkund is 2 km.  The lake is frozen during winters.

Hemkund Sahib is also written as Hemkunt Sahib, Darbar Sahib Hemkund.

What is Hemkund Sahib famous for?

Hemkund Sahib is famous among tourist as Gurudwara, Lake, Laxman Temple, Trekking, Scenic Beauty.

Hemkund Sahib is recommended destination for Couples, Family and Kids, Foreigners, Groups, Solo.

Hemkund Sahib is popular destination for following activities/ interests - Gurudwara, Lakes, Pilgrimage, Religious, Trekking.

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