About Hemkund Sahib Tour
Hemkund Sahib, the sacred and most revered shrine of Sikhs is situated at an altitude of 4320mtrs along the banks of lake Hemkund. The sacred place is truly recognized as an abode of meditation for the Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth and last of Sikh gurus to seek unification with the Almighty. As per the Hindu mythological belief, Hemkund or Lokpal as popular by this name also, is the place where Lakshmana, the younger brother of Rama, had done his atonement.
It was only in the year 1930 that the soldier named Havildar Modan Singh from Bengal Sappers and Miners regiment accidentally came to know about this magnificent place and could relate to the poem "Bachittar Natak". A little later, Havildar Modan Singh along with Sant Sohan Singh, belonging to Tehri Garhwal, and also a retired granthi from the Indian Army laid the foundation of the foundation of present shrine in the year 1937.
Hemkund Sahib is a whopping and formidable 15 km walking from Govindghat. The entire walking track en route to shrine goes through forests of pine and rhododendron, interspersed with blooming wild roses, ferns and alpine flowers. The last 5km of the walking path that leads to Hemkund Sahib is a steep incline. This steep climb begins from Ghangharia, the resting place before taking the track to Hemkund.
Hemkund Lake, which is around 2kms in circumference holds crystal clear waters in her ambit and presents a beautiful semblance of 5500mtrs. high Saptashringa Peaks that surround the shrine. You can find along the shores of the Hemkunt lake stones covered with mosses and flowers, which are just about to bloom. The best season to travel to Hemkund Sahib is between July and October. The holy shrine is all covered with snow in the November, December, January and February.