the Indian Himalayas, at the headwaters of
the holy river Ganges, is the 'northern
land' of sacred mountains and waters known
as Uttarakhand It is said that here the
landscape itself is imbued with sacred
qualities, certainly the beauty of nature is
interwoven with the spirit of pilgrimage.
Unique among the sacred places here is a
small lake, high above the tree line and
surrounded by rocky peaks. Gururudwara
Hemkund Sahib is on its bank, at an altitude
of 4,329 metres, and is the highest temples
in India. For eight months of the year this
'lake of ice' is inaccessible, its water
frozen beneath deep snow. When the monsoon
rains begin, the ice and snow melt, and
meadows of ferns and moss and wildflowers
colour its banks. Then, in their thousands,
Sikhs climb the steep stone path to the lake
and bathe in its chill waters. They come in
remembrance and prayer to see the place
where their tenth Guru meditated and
realized his oneness with God.
According to myths and legends, the tenth
Guru of the Sikhs, Guru Govind Singhji
meditated at Hemkund Sahib for years. A
temple dedicated to Laxman, brother of Lord
Rama is also located in the vicinity of the
Route to Hemkund
Nearest Rail head: Haridwar.
By Road: Till Govind Ghat one can
reach by well maintained motor able road 273
Km from Rishikesh via Devprayag, Srinagar,
Rudraprayag, Karanparayag, Nandprayag,
Chamoli, Pipalkothi, Joshimath and
Trek : From Govind Ghat, one has to
trek 13 km to Ghangaria/Govind Dham.
Ghangaria to Hekmkund Sahib is 6 km.