Hemkund Sahib
     
General Information
Altitude: 4320 m above sea level.
Season: July-October.
Clothing: Woollens .
Language: Kumaoni, Garhwali, Hindi.
Festivals: Guru Nannak's birthday, Guru Govind Singh's Jayanti.
Accessibility
Air      :
The nearest airport is Jolly Grant, Dehradun.
Rail    : Nearest railhead is Haridwar / Rishikesh.
Road  :
Hemkund, 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.
Local Transport:
Dandies / Ponies.
Accommodation
Hemkund.
The Govind Ghat Gurudwara at Ghangharia privides facilities.
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Excursions
Ghangharia
5 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.
Govind Ghat
15 km. The confluence of the Alaknanda and Bhyundar or Lakshman Ganga. It has an imposing Gurudwara named after Guru Govind Singh.
Info Centre
Tourist Office, Bus Station,
Gopeshwar.
Tel. 01372-252468.
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, 2430799, 2430357(R).
Fax: 0135-2430372.
Email: yatra@gmvnl.com, yatraoffice@sancharnet.in .
Hemkund Saheb
Hemkund (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 world.
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 Ganga.
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 Hemkund.

The lake is about two kilometres in circumference. It has clear, still water mirror images of the Saptashringa peaks (5500 m) that surrounds it.

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
This 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 Ganga.

Temple of Lord Lakshman
A small temple near by, dedicated to Lord Lakshman.
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