Helicopter service between Govindghat and Ghangaria available it takes about 5 minutes to reach. The take-off point for Hemkund Sahib is the town of Govindghat, about 275 kilometers from Rishikesh. The 13 kilometer trek is along the well -maintained path to the village of Ghangaria (also called Govinddham).This path can be covered either by walk or a pony ride. A 1,100 meter (3600 ft.) climb on a 6 km hard surface of stone path leads to Hemkund.
Take the train for Haridwar and then travel by bus to Govindghat via Rishikesh. From here, one starts a trek along Ghangaria village. This 13 km path can either be covered through walking or through a pony ride. Thereafter, another 6 km stoned path (3600 feet) makes Hemkund accessible. Recently, helicopter service between Govindghat and Ghangaria has also been started that takes about 5 minutes.
Another rout by railway
Hemkund Sahib does not have a train station, and the nearest station is Rishikesh, at a distance of 139 kms from Hemkund Sahib.
Tourists can drive from Delhi to Govindghat, a distance of about 500 kilometer, taking around 18 hours to cover. Then, a well-kept path to the village of Ghangaria needs to be covered, either by a pony ride or through walking (13 km). Cross another 6 km of stoned pathway to arrive at the Hemkund Gurudwara from here.
About Hemkund Sahib
Hemkund Sahib is a pilgrimage site 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 accessible only by foot from Gobindghat on the Rishikesh-Badrinath highway.
Hemkunt Sahib is Sikh place of worship Gurudwara, known as Gurudwara Sri Hemkunt Sahib Ji, devoted to Guru Gobind Singh Ji (1666–1708), the tenth Sikh Guru, which finds mention in Dasam Granth, a piece of work believed to be narrated by Guru Gobind Singh Ji. Thus this temple holds prominence among people who believe in Dasam Granth.
Etymology of Hemkund sahib
Hemkunt is a Sanskrit name derived from Hem ("Snow") and Kund ("bowl"). Dasam Granth says this is the place where Pandu Raja practiced Yoga.
Travel to Hemkund Sahib