|Gurdwara Hemkund Sahib|
How to reach Hemkund Sahib
To reach Hemkund you first have to visit Govindghat. You can reach Govindghat by following ways-
By Air – If you travel from Delhi, then you can fly to Dehradun Airport. After that you can take cab/taxi to Rishikesh. Govindghat is well connected by motorable so you can take bus/cab/taxi from Rishikesh to Govindghat.
By Rail- The Nearest railway to Govindghat is Rishikesh Railway station which is 270 km before Govindghat. Govindghat is accessible by motorable road so you’ll get cab and busses for Srinagar, Joshimath and many other destinations to Govindghat.
By Road- If you travel from Delhi then you’ll easily get buses for Hariddwar, Rishikesh and Srinagar. After reaching these place then it is easy to get transport for Govindghat which is connected by NH-58.
(In case you don’t get any transport to Govindghat directly then try to reach Joshimath first. Joshimath is 21 km from Govindghat and you’ll get transport easily from Joshimath.)
Hemkund Sahib Trek difficulty & information –
Govindghat is the base camp for travelers and devotees. You’ll find hotels, gurdwara and a small market there. To reach Hemkund Sahib you have to trek 20km from Govindghat. You can also avoid 4 km trek by reaching Pullna village through your car/taxi. If you don’t want to trek then you can take pony or Helicopter directly to Ghangharia. Usually devotees do this trek into two parts first day Govindghat to Ghanghariya (14 km trek) and 2nd day Gahangariya to Gurudwara Hemkund Sahib ji (6-7km trek). The trek is at easy to moderate level. First 8–9 km are at easy, 9–14 km is also easy, but not too easy, and next 14–20 km is at moderate level which has steep trek and the atmospheric pressure and less oxygen at 15000 ft make it little bit more harder.
Ghangharia is the base camp for all the devotees and travelers who want to visit Hemkund and Valley of Flower. Here you’ll find a few hotels and guest house with basic and budget facilities, a gurdwara, a helipad and a couple of dhaabas and small restaurant where you can enjoy the food. After Ghangaria the trek is divided into two trails one for Hemkund Sahib and other for Valley of Flower.
[Recommended reading – Valley of Flower ]
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2020 Hemkund Gurudwara Opening & Closing Dates –
* Hemkund Sahib Opening date– The opening dates of Hemkund Yatra yet not declared but it’ll starts around 25 May to 1 June.
* Hemkund Sahib Closing date –Closing date yet not declared we will update it soon. But last year Hemkund Gurudwara closed on 10-Oct.
* Hemkund Sahib has a cool climate in most part of the year and the best time to visit is from June to October.
* Summers (June to October) have a pleasant cool weather with maximum temperature reaches to nearly 25°C. It is a good season for viewing the panoramic beauty.
* Winters (November to May) are snow covered and difficult to visit the outdoor attractions. Minimum temperature can go well down with average minimum about -4 °C.
* June to October is pleasant and ideal for the pilgrimage and also for the visit of the national park. August and September are eye catching months with blooming flowers. December to May is snow bound and road blocks prevent the tourist from visiting the outdoors.
Govindghat and Ghangaria are the two base camps for devotees where you can find some basic hotels, restaurant and dhabbas. Ghangariya is at 14000ft of altitude. So it is quite hard to get star category hotels there, even it is difficult to get hotels there in peak season. So try to book your accommodation if you are traveling in peak season.