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Hemkund Shahib

Gurdwara Hemkund Shahib is a Sikh shrine located in the Chamoli District of the Indian state-Uttarakhand. Located at an elevation of 4632 meters, this palce is surrounded by seven mountain peaks adorned by Nishan Shahib. The Gurdwara is accessible only by foot from Gobindghat on the Rishieksh-Badrinath highway. The Gurdwara, devoted to Guru Govind Singh Ji, the tenth Sikh Guru, is mentioned in the Dasam Granth a piece of work believed to be narrated by Guru Gobind Singh Ji. Thus this temple is very important amongst people believing in Dasam Granth.

Hemkund is a Sanskrit name derived from Hem ("Snow") and Kund ("bowl"). Dasam Granth says this is the place where Pandu Raja practiced Yoga.

Hemkund is inaccessible from October to April due to snow. Each year the first Sikh pilgrims arrive in May and set to work to repair the damage to the path over the winter. This Sikh tradition is called kar seva ("work service"), a concept which forms an important tenet of the Sikh faith of belonging to and contributing to the community.

No night accommodation is available at Hemkund Sahib, therefore one has to leave by 2 pm to reach Govindghat.

How To Reach

By Flight: Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest Domestic Airport for Hemkund Sahib. There is only road connection till Govindghat from where one has to trek 19 kms to reach. Govindghat is situated at a distance of 293 kms. Jolly Grant Airport is well connected by Delhi.

By Rail: The nearest rail head is Rishikesh and Haridwar is the major station. The road distance from Rishikesh to Govindghat is 273 kms from there one has to trek to Hemkund Sahib.

By Road: The nearest motor able road is till Govindghat from here one has to commence trek till Hemkund Sahib. Buses and Cars are easily available from Haridwar, Rishikesh and Srinagar (Uttarakhand). It is located on NH58.

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