The Hemkund Sahib shrine closed on 10th October, 2017 this year with big fanfare. Every year, this holy shrine of Shikhs opens during the summer and closes in the month of October.
In one of the writings of Guru Govind Singh, it has been mentioned that the Sikh Guru Govind Singh had meditated at this place in one of his previous births. This holy place of Sikhs – Shri Hemkund Sahib – was identified by Halvidar Sohan Singh. In 1930, Havildar Sohan Singh inspired by Tara Singh Narottam’s findings, was on a mission to locate this celestial lake. He was taken by the local villagers to a lake near the Valley of Flowers, then known as Lokpal. Havildar Sohan Singh was so overwhelmed by the beauty of the lake and the images of snow peaks in the rippling waters, that he immediately shouted “This is the Lake” referred to by Guru Govind Singh.
The motor head for Sri Hemkund Sahib is Govind Ghat which is located 270 km from Rishikesh and 20 km from Joshimath. Porters and ponies are available for the 20 km. trek. The trek up to Ghangaria (Govind Dham) is the same as for the Valley of Flowers.
Whilst the trek from Ghangria to the Valley of Flowers is a gradual ascent, that to Sri Hemkund Sahib is a steep climb and a pony is necessary for the elderly ones. The route is enchanting and the waters of the Laxman Ganga (Hem Ganga) in its many moods, is a constant delight to the trekkers. The Laxman Ganga descends from Sri Hemkund Sahib and joins with the Pushpawati at Gangaria. The combined stream retains the name Laxman Ganga. One passes by waterfalls and ridges richly carpeted with flowers. In autumn, the fragrant Brahma Kamal along with Blue Poppy and Bistorta Affinis are seen growing profusely.
This year the opening date of the shrine was 10th May, 2017…. read more.
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