Hemkund Sahib is a sacred sikh destination in Devbhoomi. The sikh temple is located in Chamoli district of Devbhoomi. By name Hemkund can be split into two parts – Hem (means snow) and Kund (means lake). The structure of this destination is such that there is a sikh temple and a lake, which is frozen most of the times, including summers.
There is a holy lake outside Gurudwara, where devotees take holy dip before entering the Gurudwara. There is free mass food facility offered by Gurudwara for devotees, where a hot Indian tea is served with Indian food.
History of Hemkund Sahib: The place where this shrine is located, it is believed that tenth Sikh Guru, with the name Sri Guru Govind Singh, performed prolonged meditation at this place.
Hemkund Sahib is located in such a way that a trip to Hemkund Sahib can be clubbed with a trip to Valley of Flowers, which is another popular tourist destination in Devbhoomi.
Badrinath temple in Devbhoomi is another spiritual destination, close to Hemkund Sahib.
Location of Gurudwara:
The holy shrine is located close to Indo-China border in Devbhoomi.
Nearest Airport from Hemkund Sahib: DehraDun Jolly Grant Airport
The shrine is open for few months in summers, for remaining months it remains closed.
Photography may be prohibited within shrine premises.
However, the enroute to shrine is beautiful with a lot of natural scenery.
Non vegetarian food and alcohol must not be consumed during visit to Hemkund Sahib, to maintain and honor the sacredness of the site.
It is good to avoid the visit to Hemkund Sahib during rainy season, as this place receives a lot of rains.
There is a tough six km trek before reaching Hemkund Sahib, hence its good to ensure that devotees are physically fit.