One of the most respected pilgrimage sites for Sikhs, Hemkund Sahib Gurdwara is open for devotees from today, after a six-month-long winter break.
Dedicated to tenth Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh Ji, it is located in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, India. It is said that Hemkund Sahib height is 4,632 meters (15,197 feet) in the beautiful Himalayan region, surrounded by 7 mountain peaks with Nishan Sahib on their cliffs.
Why the break?
The region is inaccessible for six months i.e. October to April because its paths are covered by snow during these months. Sikh pilgrimages who come here do kar seva (selfless service) in order to clear the snow.
Although the struggle might seem exhausting, Hemkund Sahib Trek is one of the most satisfying treks as it provides exquisite views along with spiritual satisfaction.
How to reach Hemkund Sahib?
By Air: The nearest airport for Hemkund Sahib is Jolly Grant of Dehradun, which is about 295 kilometers from Hemkund Sahib. Although you can come this close by air, you have to travel by road in order to reach Hemkund Sahib.
By Rail: The nearest railway station from Hemkund Sahib is in Haridwar, which is about 276 kilometers from Hemkund Sahib.
By Road: In order to reach Hemkund Sahib, one has to travel from Govind Ghat. From Govindghat, there is beautiful Hemkund Sahib Trek of 14 kms to base camp at Ghangaria. From Ghangaria, there is another 6 km trek that leads to Hemkund Sahib.
Role of Army
Indian army plays a vital role in cleaning snow studded roads leading to Hemkund Sahib. This year Indian Army teams comprising of Surya Bengal Sappers cleared the 6 km track to Hemkund Sahib.The first batch of 8000 pilgrims have reached Hemkund Sahib on 1st June. We pray for their well being and wish a happy and safe trip back.