Hemkund Sahib – Popular Sikh Pilgrim Spot
About Hemkund Sahib
Hemkund Sahib, also commonly referred to as the Gurudwara Sri Hemkunt Sahib Ji, is a popular Sikh pilgrim spot located in the north Indian state of Uttarakhand. It was built in devotion to the tenth Sikh guru—Guru Gobind Singh Ji.
Located on the Himalayan ranges, it is surrounded by seven mountain peaks and has been actually built on a set up of a glacial lake that magnifies not just its beauty but historic essence and architecture.
The name of the place literally means a bowl of snow, since, in Sanskrit, Hem means snow and Kund means bowl. The place attracts many devotees from all over the country.
However, accessibility to the place is a tough deal since it is mostly covered with snow and has extreme weather conditions for most parts of the year. It is only from May to September that tourists can visit the place since the weather conditions are relatively better compared to the rest of the year.
Other than the Hemkund Sahib Gurudwara, the place also boasts of a beautiful valley of flowers that depict scenic beauty and the gift of nature to mankind. While on the pilgrimage, people often take to trekking in this part of the religious destination.