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  HEMKUND SAHIB

In 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.

Hemkund Sahib Legend
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 gurudwara.

Route to Hemkund Sahib:
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 Vishnuprayag.
Trek : From Govind Ghat, one has to trek 13 km to Ghangaria/Govind Dham. Ghangaria to Hekmkund Sahib is 6 km.



 
 
 

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