Hemkund Sahib is one of the highly revered pilgrimage destinations in India. There is no restriction of caste; everyone can make a visit to this pilgrimage shrine. People following different religions come to visit here from various parts of the world. Hemkund Sahib is a major pilgrimage site for the Sikhs. It remains perched at an elevation of 4,329 meters above sea level in the state of Uttarakhand. The Hemkund Lake occupies an area of 2 km in the valley of Himalayans. It is located in the Chamoli district.
In Hindu mythos, it is the place where yellow-green flowers are very popular as the Brahma Kamal. The Brahma Kamal is also known as "Lotus of the Gods". The tenth Sikh guru "Guru Govind Singh" had meditated at this site. And thus the lake became more sacred for the Sikhs. That is why a Sikhs Gurudwara also exists here. The Hemkund Sikhs Gurudwara stands in the memory of Guru Govind Singh.
There is a Lakshman shrine situated on the banks of Hemkund Lake. This temple is dedicated to Lakshman, the brother of Lord Rama. It is also conceived that the Sanjeevni Bhuti was found at this place. It is the only Bhuti which brought Lakshman back to life. Govind Ghat and Badrinath are the nearer places from Hemkund Sahib. Joshimath is the closest destination from this temple. The Hemkund Lake is fed by the melting snow of Hathi Parvat and Saptrishi glacier. The temple is surrounded by seven mountains, called as Hemkund Parvat. A large number of pilgrims reach here every year to seek blessings. Sikh and the Hindu rishis, yogis and pandits meditate at this site.
June to October is the ideal time to make a visit to Hemkund Sahib. You will find pleasant weather between these months. It is the season for viewing the beauty of Hemkund Sahib. According to the Hindu mythology, it is the place where Hindu god Lord Rama, hero of the epic Ramayana, did his penance.
Day 1: Delhi - Haridwar (230 kms/6 hours)
Arrival Delhi Railway Station, Meet & Assist further drive to Hardwar, Take lunch. Later drive to Hardwar transfer to your Hotel. Visit Har-ki-Pauri for Ganga Aarti in evening. Back to your hotel, Dinner & Night halt.
Day 2: Haridwar - Joshimath (276 kms/8 hours)
Morning, drive straight to Joshimath enroute visit Deoprayag, Rudraprayag & Karnprayag. Arrival Joshimath check in hotel. Overnight stay.
Joshimath: Adi Guru Shankaracharya, who came all the way from Kerels in the 8th Century A.D, perform penance under a tree here and after getting enlightenment, established a Math (religious centre), known as "Joshimath". The name Joshimath is derived from it. Temple of Narsingh and Nav Durga are located here.
Day 3: Joshimath - Govind Ghat (22 kms drive) -
Ghangaria (13kms/4hr Trek) Drive to Govindghat, Trek Start from here to Ghangaria (3000 mts). Check in Hotel. Ghangharia/Govinddham: 5 Kms. situated in the midst of a pine grove Ghangharia serves asa base for visiting Hemkund Shaib. It is the last human habitation in the valley. A tourist Lodge, log huts, tents and a Gurudwara provide comfortable accommadition.
Day 4: Ghangaria - Hemkund Sahib - Ghangaria (5.5 kms/5 hours each side)
Early morning, trek start from here to Hemkund Sahib. Return back to Ghangaria after Darshan. Overnight stay. Gurudwara Hemkund Shaib: This imposing star-shaped structure of stone and concrete masonry is one the shores of the lake. An outlet behind the Gurudwara is source of the Lakshman Ganga. Temple of Lord Lakshman: A small temple nearby, dedicated to Lord Lakshman.
Day 5: Ghangaria - Valley of Flower - Ghangaria (3 kms/3 hours each side)
Valley of Flower was discovered by Frank Smith while on the Expedition to Mt. Kamet. This picturesque Valley covered by rare species of flowers & a wide variety of Butterflies, Musk Deer, Thar & serow are found here. Back to Ghangaria.