Gurudwara Hemkund Sahib

Gurudwara Hemkund Sahib, Chamoli

Gurudwara Hemkund Sahib
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4:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Monday
4:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Tuesday
4:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Wednesday
4:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Thursday
4:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Friday
4:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Saturday
4:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Sunday
4:30 AM - 3:00 PM
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An unforgettable trek
Aug 2016
Hemkund Sahib was the last destination in our Valley of Flowers trek.We started from our base - Ghangaria in the morning. We were told to finish our trek and descend by 12 PM as the weather gets unpredictable there after. Hemkund sahib is at an altitude of 4632m. The path is very well laid but the trek is still tough because of the steep climb. One can also hire ponies or chose helicopter service. There are several small shops on the way selling tea, maggie/other eatables. If there is a stairway to heaven, it might just look like this - breathtaking views of the mighty Himalayas and numerous brahmakamal flowers along the path. Drawing all the energy from this, we finally managed to reach the peak. Hemkund Sahib is a Sikh piligrimage site devoted to Guru Gobind Singh Ji, the tenth Sikh Guru, It is surrounded by 7 mountain peaks and a glacial lake. This was the first time I visited a gurudwara and was a beautiful experience. The prayers generated a lot of positive energy. After the prayers we headed to the langer which served hot, tasty and nutritious kichdi and tea. We had to head back immediately as the area got covered by mist and the visibility reduced to just few meters ahead. Overall it was an experience that I will never forget. The Himalayas remind you what a minuscule being you are in the larger scheme of things - truly humbling. https://www.tripadvisor.in/ShowUserReviews-g1973310-d3979978-r443423032-Hemkund_Sahib-Chamoli_Uttarakhand.html#

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ddevarshi
Jaipur, India1,079 contributions
Aug 2017 • Friends
This gurudwara is located at an altitude of 4633 m so you need to climb about 1.5 km from Ghangaria which is 4039m. The distance by road is atleast 6.5 km or may be more. No one will ever tell you exact distance. Even if you walk for an hour the distance will always be reported as 3 or 4 km. Anyway one you reach here it gives you confidence in yourself if you have come all the way on your foot. Trek is far better than that of Valley of Flowers. The second good thing is presence of tea stalls but it distracts you and wastes some precious time. Tea and water is obviously costly. No toilets on the way. This makes it difficult for ladies. No one seems to care about these things in India. There were no toilets on trek of Valley of Flowers either. Dont miss to see Bramha kamals (Saussurea obvallata) and flowers of it if you are here in July-August.
Written 29 July 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

shruja
Melbourne, Australia473 contributions
Aug 2016 • Friends
Hemkund Sahib was the last destination in our Valley of Flowers trek.We started from our base - Ghangaria in the morning. We were told to finish our trek and descend by 12 PM as the weather gets unpredictable there after.

Hemkund sahib is at an altitude of 4632m. The path is very well laid but the trek is still tough because of the steep climb. One can also hire ponies or chose helicopter service. There are several small shops on the way selling tea, maggie/other eatables.

If there is a stairway to heaven, it might just look like this - breathtaking views of the mighty Himalayas and numerous brahmakamal flowers along the path. Drawing all the energy from this, we finally managed to reach the peak.

Hemkund Sahib is a Sikh piligrimage site devoted to Guru Gobind Singh Ji, the tenth Sikh Guru, It is surrounded by 7 mountain peaks and a glacial lake. This was the first time I visited a gurudwara and was a beautiful experience. The prayers generated a lot of positive energy. After the prayers we headed to the langer which served hot, tasty and nutritious kichdi and tea. We had to head back immediately as the area got covered by mist and the visibility reduced to just few meters ahead.

Overall it was an experience that I will never forget. The Himalayas remind you what a minuscule being you are in the larger scheme of things - truly humbling.

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Written 11 December 2016
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KashyapDhar
Mumbai, India296 contributions
Aug 2016 • Solo
Really an awesome place to be. 7.5km of pure incline hike which just tests your patience. Once at top the pain is worth enduring. You get to experience brilliance of nature and try to understand how a GURU chose this place as his resting place. The gurudwara is nicely maintained by the committee (head office in Rishikesh) considering it's closed for a very long period between Oct-May. One can only find peace here. Surrounded by lush green mountain ranges and a clear pond on the back side of the Gurudwara make up for the place to be visited. Food served is Hot and tastes really nice. Langar service at this high altitude is maintained by the Gurudwara. There is a place in the pond where if the light is good and favorable you can see the place where Laxmanji's foot prints are visible.

Note:- Please make sure you have your footwear removed and then wander off in the area. The pond is a place where many people come with their footwear and try to step into the pond. This is not allowed and should be avoided. Also the hill lock is not to be traversed near the Gurudwara as it has special flower called "BhramhaPhool" which only grows here, is not to be plucked(it doesn't grow at the same place if plucked)
Written 12 October 2016
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raghav a
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Oct 2016 • Friends
This place is open for tourists only 4 months in a year - June 1st week till October 1st week.
June - Snow starts melting
October - Freezing process takes place.

For Valley of flowers - Best time to visit
Mid July till Mid August
One can have the best possible view of the valleys laid out with colorful flowers - pink orange yellow...

My trip - - here it goes

Day 1 - September 17th 2016
Destination - Joshimath

We started our road trip ( 1200 cc petrol car) very early in the morning around 3am with only couple of hours quick nap behind us.
Goal was to reach Joshimath before dawn on the same way - it's close to 520 kms.
1st target was to make it to Lansdowne by 9 am
And we did it successfully.
After that we hit the hilly mountain roads - so speed came down to 30 km/hr from 60 km/hr and took us 9 more hours to cover 270 kms.
We brought along puris and aloo sabzi for breakfast.
We reached Bijnor around 5 am - day started early for people in this city as people were running and jogging.
Had tea at Najibabad( small town in Uttar Pradesh) - highly recommended
Took a halt at Kotdwar (small town in Uttarakhand) for lunch.
Both these towns once were part of undivided Uttar Pradesh - separated in 2000 when Govt of India announced the division of the State into 2 parts.
A bit of history lesson - Apologies to bore you out but stay with me for a true trekking experience.

Drove on and on till we achieved our target destination for the night - that is Joshimath
After looking for a couple of hotels.
Found a good one with a great balcony view of the mountains - Even yoga was possible.
Hotel Sapphire - Tariff Rs 2000
Decent dinner in the hotel.
It was a long day as covering more than 500 kms is next to impossible but -
Where there is a will, there's a way.

Day 2 - September 18th 2016
Destination - - Reach Ghangaria(mid point for Hemkund sahib) before dawn.

Drove the car to Govindghat - base point for Hemkund sahib.
Visited the gurudwara - had the delicious langar food.
Parked the car in the parking lot and then started our trekking journey
We had one bagpacker kind of bag and one normal kind of bag.
We had packed for 3 night stay at Ghangaria
With lot of chocolates and dry fruits
Red bull Juices biscuits etc
Total stuffed both the bags.
I guess it was kind of worth it in the end.
So coming back to trekking now -

It's a 13 long kilometers trek upto the mid point.
It was hot and sunny but at the same time cold breeze was blowing
Don't forget your sunscreen and glares and caps
September seems to have temperature around 10-12 degrees in these areas.
But in June - one can find snow on the trekking path and temperature to be lot more cooler.

Luckily we had bought a long wooden stick with a sharp bottom for the gripping the surface.
The trek seemed easy initially but as we went on, it started being tough and steep to climb up with lot of weight on our shoulders.
We kept swapping the big and small bag.
Found couple of waterfalls on the way.
Had lunch at the small stalls situated on the way up.
Filled our waterbottles as flowing river water is drinkable (fresh from the mountains above us)
Found couple of helipads on the way and army base camp - beautifully organized with tents and camps.
We reached the place in like 5 hours - not bad for a 1st timer.
After searching for a decent hotel with a clean washroom - found the Hotel Kuber Annex
Rested for a while - went to the gangharia gurudrawa and delicious langar food for dinner with hot cardamom milk before that.
Kheer at the langar was one to die for.
Again a long day after 13-14 kms trek
All in all - Everything went according to itinerary planned

Day 3 - September 19th 2016
Destination - Hemkund Sahib Gurudwara
Trek is 6 kms steep one side and one of the hardest pathways known to mankind
A person has 3 options -
1 - Walk
2 - Hire a Horse
3 - Hire 4 people to carry you on their shoulders while you rest on a reclining seat
4th option - one can hire a helicopter for Rs 4k per person till gangharia and any of 1st 3 options.

We took the 1st option to test our legs and more importantly our knees which take quite a beating since the trek is steep and supposedly 15000 feet above the sea level.
So one can find difficulty in breathing due to high altitude.

There was so much animal poop on the way but there were volunteers to clean that thing as we moved along.
There are tens of shops or stalls to munch and snack to keep our energy levels up and running.
Having tea is one the best option to be warm and hydrated at the same time.
After completing 4 kms - there is a shortcut of 1100 steps of the steep stairs (one of my friend went ahead with it and found it challenging and tough but at the same time proud to complete it)
But I took the normal pathway to reach the gurudwara.
Clicked tons of pictures - found some beautiful scenery, picturesque mountains and some water falls with temporary bridge laid out for pilgrims like us.
Time taken to reach was like 3.5 hours.

So after reaching - first thing we did was to take a dip in the cold natural waters of the lake situated next to the Gurudwara
It was freezing cold I think - may be sub zero temperature.
So I hardly stayed in the water for more than 60 seconds - but my friend is a daredevil - stayed in water for more than 5 mins - quite an achievement.
Next thing - Headed straight to the gurudwara as prayers had started - prayed to Guru Gobind Singh ji.
Moreover blankets were provided to cover us for the cold weather.
After the prayers - we filled our stomachs with hot tea - Dal - Suji Halwa made in Desi ghee.
Quite a delightful treat.

Visited the Hindu Lokpal temple next to the lake. Sat on the bench gazing at the beautiful mountains - admiring the beauty of the place.

So now - heading down which is suppose to be easy but it wasn't.
To be really honest - I struggled as the toes kept hitting the front part of the shoes.
Wooden stick came in handy at the time.
Had to take infinite number of breaks to rest at the cemented benches built for us.
Stopped for lunch to have tasty Tandoori onion paranthas and tea.
Continued the trekking and reached back at the hotel for overnight rest.
Did Yoga to relax our muscles and it did wonders for me as I was able to nap for couple of hours and felt fresh after that.
Dinner at Restaurant Kuber - Egg curry and Paneer butter masala with lacchha paranthas (amazing) - I believe the best restaurant in town

Proud of ourselves to achieve the dream of visiting the Hemkund sahib.
Dreams do come true - Believe in them.

Day 4 - September 20th 2016
Destination - Valley of Flowers

Trek - it has a endless pathway
Valley starts after 4 kms and near the end- it has the tomb of 2 foreigners who discovered this flower gardens in the middle of mountains.
So we did 4 km up and 4 km down.
Found the crazy waters fall - water was flowing at the rate of noughts. One can't even think jumping in the water as it can flow you to eternity.
So we kinda roamed around and made some friends on the way.
Gazed at the valleys and snowy mountains up above.
Came back in a hurry to beat the dark.
Dinner at Hotel Kuber - paneer bhurji and dal and hot tea and laccaha parantha (highly recommended)

View was terrific but we vowed to come back in future to see beautiful flowers in the season time.
There is always light at the end of the tunnel if the person is ready to try harder.
Written 4 October 2016
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Hardial_13
Kharar, India1,181 contributions
Jun 2016 • Family
Gurudwara Hemkund Sahib is holy place related to 10th guru Gobind Singhji. There is steep way to reach to Gurudwara. But when you reach there the scene is mesmerizing.
Written 31 August 2016
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sangeeta m
Pune, India12 contributions
Aug 2016 • Friends
The route up to Hemkund is just awesome. The himalayan vistas that unfold are spellbounding.
However once we reach the site, the external structure of the Gurudwara is disappointing. I feel that for a spiritual place it should have been in accordance with the natural elements around.. stone-mud-timber maybe. It should blend with the nature and enhance the beauty of Hemkund. The unaesthetic metal constructions going on, the garbage are definitely a deterrent to the solemnity of the place.
[No offence to anyone. A frank opinion]
The interiors of Gurudwara are beautiful with the chants.
The Langar prasad is too good and energizing.
Plastic should be totally banned.I did the whole trek without using any plastic, tissue paper or creating any kind of waste.
All the pilgrims should be taught not to dump the garbage but to carry it and dump it in bins at base.
Hope the inner and outer aesthetics unite.
Written 18 August 2016
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anuradha2013
Mumbai, India1,299 contributions
Aug 2016 • Friends
Steep climb of 70 degree inclination most of the way and six kilometres is literally an uphill task in freezing cold. Definitely worth the climb, foggy, serene, divine and soulful experience. We also saw the 'bramha kamal'.

Have kichadi and tea from the langar before climbing back.
Written 18 August 2016
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Tushar K
39 contributions
May 2016 • Friends
While you treck tp Hemkund Sahib you can take rest for one night at this Gurudwara which I think is located at highest point in India. When You start your treck from THe Holy Place of Hemkund Sahib is 6km from this place . If you have kids and Old people with you I recommend you complete the last 6km by horse.
Written 19 June 2016
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Rahul B
Gurgaon19 contributions
Jun 2016 • Family
Must visit... very very peaceful.. out of the world. For safety they close entry at 2 pm. Have langar of steaming hot khichdi and mint tea.
Written 19 June 2016
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Anurag_Vaishnav
Ajmer, India63 contributions
Sep 2015 • Friends
That awesome feeling of ascending 6km on a steep trail and then getting the sweetest halwa at the gurudwara as the Prasaad.
Written 13 September 2015
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