Devbhoomi Uttarakhand is well known for its natural beauty, the Himalayas, and for its pilgrimages. Chardham Yatra and Hemkund Yatra are the two most sacred yatras that start every year in the month of May and June. Thousands of devotees take part in these yatras every day to get salvation. Hemkund Sahib is considered the 5th Dham of Uttarakhand which is why many devotees prefer to do the Chardham yatra with Hemkund Sahib. Hemkund Sahib is an important pilgrimage site in the region, and revered as the 5th Dham of Uttarakhand. In the year 2024, the doors of Hemkund Sahib is open for devotees on 20 May, and it will remain accessible for the next five months. Whereas it will be closed on 11 October, marking the conclusion of the pilgrimage season.
Shri Hemkunt Sahib is a sacred place for Sikh devotees and Hindus as well. Like every Hindu wants to do the Chardham yatra at least once in his whole life similarly every Sikh follower wants to do the Hemkund sahib yatra at least once. This pilgrimage site is devoted to Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth Sikh Guru.
Hemkund is a Sanskrit name derived from Hem (Snow) and Kund (bowl) which means “The Lake of Snow". Dasam Granth says this is the place where Pandu Raja practiced Yoga. In addition, the Dasam Granth says God ordered Sikh Guru Gobind Singh to take bath while he was in deep meditation at the mount of Hemkunt. The Hemkund is settled at 15000 ft (4329 m) above sea level and is surrounded by the seven great mountains there is a holy lake as well which gets frozen in winters. This beautiful holy lake is near the Gurudwara sahib and devotees dip into this before entering the Gurudwara Sahib. Devotees believed that by dipping into the lake, all the sins are washed away. After September this place is inaccessible because of heavy snowfall. Usually, Hemkund Sahib Yatra is open for only 4–5 months. The Hemkund Sahib Yatra starts in June and ends in Sept/October due to a heavy snowfall zone. And the best part is those who came for Hemkund Sahib also visit the Valley of Flowers which is 3–4 km from the Ghangariya base camp.
The Hemkund Sahib yatra is going to start soon. If you are planning to visit Hemkund Sahib via helicopter then this is the perfect opportunity to grab. There are two places from where you can do the yatra Hemkund sahib by helicopter - Dehradun & Govindghat. From both places Hemkund sahib helicopter ticket prices are different. If you have less time for yatra then you can take the chopper service from Dehradun. It is a bit costlier because the company arranges a private chopper for your tour. So if time is your concern not money, then you should go with this option. On the other hand, if you want to just skip that 14 km trek then you can avail this chopper service from Govindghat to Ghangaria. To know the Hemkund sahib helicopter price, ticket booking, or for any travel-related query, call us or simply draft mail on our given contact details.
To reach Hemkund you have the first visit to Govindghat. You can reach Govindghat in the following ways-
By Air: If you travel from Delhi, then you can fly to Dehradun Airport. After that, you can take a cab/taxi to Rishikesh. Govindghat is well connected by motorable so you can take a bus/cab/taxi from Rishikesh to Govindghat.
By Rail: The Nearest railway to Govindghat is the Rishikesh Railway Station which is 270 km before Govindghat. Govindghat is accessible by motorable road so you’ll get cabs and busses for Srinagar, Joshimath, and many other destinations in Govindghat.
By Road: If you travel from Delhi then you’ll easily get busses for Haridwar, Rishikesh, and Srinagar. After reaching these places then it is easy to get transport to Govindghat which is connected by NH-58.
The total Hemkund Sahib trek distance from Govindghat is 20 Km. It is divided into two parts: first Govidnghat to Ghangaria & second Ghangaria to Hemkund Sahib. Govindghat is the starting point of the Valley of Flowers and Hemkund Sahib yatra. You’ll find hotels, a gurdwara and a small market there. To reach Hemkund Sahib you have to trek 14 km from Govindghat. You can also skip a 4 km trek by reaching Pullna village through your car/taxi. If you want to skip the whole Ghangaria trek, then you can take a Helicopter service that drops you at the Ghangaria helipad and you can continue your second part of the yatra.
The First 8–9 km of the trek is easy, 9–14 km is a bit difficult because of the increase in altitude. Ghangharia is the base camp for all the devotees and travelers who want to visit the Hemkund Sahib Valley of Flowers. Here you’ll find a few hotels and a guest house with basic and budget facilities. Also, there is a gurdwara, helipad, couples of dhabas, and small restaurants where you can enjoy the evening with tasty cuisine. A few meters from Ghangaria, there is an intersection point where the Valley of Flower and Hemkund Sahib trek joins.
Stepping into the Hemkund trek is a moderate steep trek. The Hemkund Sahib trek km is 6 km which is the most difficult part of the whole Hemkund Sahib Yatra. The atmospheric pressure and less oxygen at 15000 ft make it harder. So it is advised to take small steps during the 2nd part of the trek and don’t hurry to reach early. Take a pause during the trek, after every 500m or 1000m trek.
Govindghat and Ghangaria are the two base camps for devotees where you can find some basic hotels, restaurants, and dhabbas. Ghangaria 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.
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