Attractions/Tourist places/Local Sightseeing
Hemkund Sahib (also spelled Hemkunt) is a Sikh place of worship Gurudwara, known as Gurudwara Sri Hemkunt Sahib Ji, devoted to Guru Gobind Singh Ji (1666â€“1708), the tenth Sikh Guru, which finds mention in Dasam Granth, a piece of work believed to be narrated by Guru Gobind Singh Ji, located in Chamoli district, Uttarakhand, India. With a setting of a glacial lake surrounded by seven mountain peaks and each peak adorned by a Nishan Sahib on its cliff, it is located in the Himalayas at an elevation of 4632 meters (15,200 ft) as per the Survey of India. It is approached from Gobindghat on the Rishikesh-Badrinath highway. The main town near Govindghat is Joshimath.
Hemkund Yatra Travel guide is the best way to to know about the city. The temple of Mother Yamuna, on the left bank of the river, was constructed by Maharaja Pratap Shah of Tehri Garhwal. The idol here is made of black marble. To move from one place to another in the town and most importantly to get to the Yamuna Temple one can get horses and palanquins on rent which are in fact overall the best transportation options in this town. Hemkund Lake, Hemkund Sahib, Govind Ghat, Kharsali are some of the places to visit.
Govindghat, a town in Chamoli district, Uttarakhand, India, is located at the confluence of the Alaknanda and Lakshman Ganga rivers. It lies around roughly 22 km from Joshimath on NH58 at an altitude of 6000 feet. It is the roadhead and the starting point for trekking to Hemkund Sahib and Valley of Flowers. Hundreds of people, mostly Sikh pilgrims on way to the holy shrine of Hemkund Sahib and occasional tourists to the Valley of Flowers arrive here everyday.The Gurudwara located on the right bank of river Alaknanda is the most important landmark in the area. It also provides accommodation to pilgrims. The local market has many hotels, guest houses and restaurants. The economy thrives on the traveling season that starts in end May and last till end September. Various agencies manage parking places where one can park their vehicles for long durations, generally till they return from the trek. All essential stuffs, which one may require for trekking, is available in the local market. Mules and porters are available here for trekking to Ghangaria about 13 km, which is the base camp for visiting Hemkund Sahib and Valley of Flowers.
It is the last human habitation centre on the way to Hemkund Sahib and the Valley of Flowers. Ghangaria is a scenic hamlet perched at an altitude of 3,050mts above sea level at a distance of 13km from Govind Ghat and 4kms before Valley of flowers. The trek becomes easy to moderate from this point if you are travel towards Hemkund Sahib. The region is prone to heavy snowfall in winters, therefore the region remains opened from May to October..
The Gurudwara of Hemkund Sahib is located on the banks of Lake Hemkund, where the tenth Guru of the Sikhs, that is Guru Gobind Singh, meditated. It was the same Guru that started the new brotherhood called Khalsa.The design and construction of this gurudwara was not easy as the construction started in the early 1960s after the official visit of Chief Engineer of the Indian Army, Major General Harkirat Singh. After the official visit, Architect Siali had to make annual trips to Hemkund Sahib to start the construction process....
Hemkund Lake #4
Hemkund Lake is situated near the Hemkund Gurudwara. It remains frozen during most of the year, approximately eight months. Surrounded by snow laden mountains on all the sides, this lake is considered to be a place of religious importance for Sikhs as well as Hindus.As per legend, the tenth Guru of the Sikhs, that is Guru Gobind Singh meditated on the banks of the river. Hemkund Lake has its association with some popular religious teachers like Rishi Medhasa, who is believed to have meditated on the banks of this lake
Lakshman Temple #5
The Lakshman Temple is located on the bank of the Hemkund Lake and the temple is also known by the name of Lokpal Temple among Hindus. It is believed that Lakshman, the brother of Lord Ram meditated in this region after the battle with Ravanâ€™s son Meghnad to regain his power.r..
Valley of Flower#2
The Valley of Flowers National Park is the second core zone of the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve. The credit for the discovery of the Valley of Flowers goes to the British mountaineers Franks S. Smythe and R.L. Holdsworth who incidentally reached this valley after a successful expedition of Mount Kamet in 1931.