||4320 m above sea level.
||Kumaoni, Garhwali, Hindi.
||Guru Nannak's birthday, Guru
Govind Singh's Jayanti.
|The nearest airport
is Jolly Grant, Dehradun.
is Haridwar / Rishikesh.
off Badrinath, is 514 km away from Delhi,
the last 15 km of which is a trekking
route. DTC and UP Roadways buses ply regularly
upto Haridwar / Rishikesh from ISBT, Delhi.
Govindghat is 20 km beyond Joshimath on
the motor road to Badrinath and 4 km before
Pandukeshwar, the point at which there
is a diversion for Lokpal Hemkund and
the Valley Of Flowers. Hemkund is 20 km
from Govindghat. After crossing the Vishnu
Ganga, one has to trek 9 km to reach the
Bhiyundar valley. At Ghangharia, the Pushpavati
river meets the Lakshman Ganga coming
from Hemkund. The 7 km trek from Ghangharia
to Hemkund entails a steep climb. From
Rishikesh, also buses are available for
Badrinath via Govind Ghat although tourist
taxies are more convenient and quicker.
Dandies / Ponies.
km situated in the mid of a pine grove. Ghangharia
serves as a 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.
km. The confluence of the Alaknanda and Bhyundar
or Lakshman Ganga. It has an imposing Gurudwara
named after Guru Govind Singh.
|Tourist Office, Bus Station,
Rishikesh (Yatra Office), AGM (Tourism),
Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam Ltd., Tourist Information
Centre, (Advance Reservation Centre), Shail Vihar,
Haridwar Bye Pass Road, Rishikesh - 249201.
Tel.: 0135-2431793, 2431783, 2435174, 2432648,
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(Snow Lake) Sahib, as the name itself suggests,
is a high-altitude lake (4329 m) surrounded
by seven huge now-covered mountains, which are
collectively called Hemkund Parvat. Close to
the lake is a sacred Gurudwara that is a pilgrimage
centre for Sikhs and Hindus from all over the
It is said that Shri Guru Govind Singh Ji (the
Tenth Guru of the Sikhs) meditated on the very
banks of this lake where a number of sages and
religious teachers from the Hindu mythology,
including Rishi Medhasa of the Markandeya Purana
and Lakshman, the brother of Lord Ram performed
penance. Besides the Gurudwara, you can also
see a temple here. The lake is the source of
the Laxman Ganga (alternatively called Hem Ganga)
stream that merges with the Pushpawati stream
flowing from the Valley of Flowers, at Ghangaria.
From this point on, the river is called Laxman
A very popular trekking destination, Hemkund
is a 15 km trek from Govindghat. The trek takes
one through pine forests where rhododendron
(burans), wild roses, ferns and alpine flowers
abound. With breathtaking views of the surging
waters of the Lakshman Ganga, the last five
kilometres of the trek entails a steep climb
from Ghangharia, which is a base for visiting
The lake is about two kilometres in circumference.
It has clear, still water mirror images of
the Saptashringa peaks (5500 m) that surrounds
So what’s the best season to visit
Hemkund? No doubts: it’s between July
and October. During these days, you’ll
find the water still, has shards of ice floating
in it, glinting in the sun with the rock-strewn
banks of the lake covered in moss and the
flowers in bright bloom.
Gurudwara Hemkund Saheb
imposing star-shaped structure of stone and concrete
masonry is on the shores of the lake. An outlet
behind the Gurudwara is source of the Lakshman
Temple of Lord Lakshman
| A small
temple near by, dedicated to Lord Lakshman.