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Hemkund Sahib

Hemkund Sahib is a Sikh pilgrim centre situated in Himalayas with a lake surrounded by seven mountain peaks. It is located in the Chamoli District of Uttarakhand State, in India and located about 4600 meters above the sea level. It is a sacred place for Sikhs and thousands of Sikhs visit this place every year. The most important worship place here is Gurudwara Hemkund that is dedicated to Guru Gobind Singh the tenth Guru of Sikhism.

History

There is not much written about the history of this place. Legend says that this was the place where the Raja Pandu of Kuru Dynasty mentioned in the epic Mahabharata used to practice meditation. The name derived from two Sanskrit words; Hema means snow and Kund means bowl. Surrounded by seven mountain peaks and the valley filled with snow, it exactly looks like a snow bowl.

According to the belief of Sikhs, it is at this place where their tenth Guru achieved union with god and summoned by the god to take rebirth in the world to teach people about the truth.

Attractions

Gurudwara Hemkund Sahib is the structure that attracts most of visitors to this place. The travel to this Gurudwara starts in the month of May every year. The road to the Gurudwara will be blocked by snow, and there will be great damages to the road due to snow fall. The first group of pilgrims indulges in Karseva (Social Service) and repairs the damages and makes it transportable.

Apart from the reputation as a pilgrim centre, Hemkund Sahib is a place worth for nature tourism. Several tributaries of River Ganges, a beautiful lake in the middle of seven peaks and snow clad mountains around will provide enough feasts to the eyes of a nature enthusiast. It is also called as the valley of flowers due to the presence of different types of beautiful flowers. Nanda Devi Bio park is also located here.

Best Time to Visit

Due to heavy snow fall, the roads to this place are blocked during October to April. The pilgrimage to Gurudwara Hemkund Sahib usually starts in the month of May and the first group of pilgrims will clear the way. It is always better visiting this place after mid- May till September last.

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