Hemkund Sahib -Yatra

Hemkund Sahib -Yatra

OVERVIEW– Nestled amid the Himalayan Ranges, Sri Hemkund Sahib is a sacred pilgrimage revered by thousands of Sikhs every year. Literally meaning 'Lake of Snow', this holy pilgrimage site is perched at an altitude of 4329 m above the sea level and lies in the backdrop of snow - clad mountains. The shrine is also known as Gurudwara Shri Hemkund Sahib and can be reached by trekking through numerous waterfalls, thick forest and captivating views of the Himalayas. Adorned with a beautiful scenic view, the holy place offers tranquility away from the din of the city and into the lap of nature. 

DELHI- New Delhi, capital of India is a mix of the ancient and modern architecture. This 3rd largest city of India unwinds a picture rich with culture, architecture, and human diversity. Divided in two parts, Old Delhi & New Delhi, the city is a travel hub of Northern India and exerts a beguiling charm on visitors.

DEHRADUN- Dehradun serves as the gateway to the picturesque mountains of Uttarakhand. The town is snuggled in the foothills of the Great Himalayan Range in the Doon Valley marked by two prominent rivers of India, Ganga and Yamuna. The blessed location has granted it immense natural beauty. The gushing streams, deep ravines, lustrous valleys and most of all the lofty mountain ranges are charming.

HARIDWAR- Haridwar is one of the seven holy cities of the Hindus that are also known as Moksapuri or Sapta-Puri. Literally means the gateway to Hari, an epithet for Vishnu, the Creator in the Hindu Trinity of Creator-Preserver-Destroyer. It is also called Gangadwara, because it is near Haridwar that the Ganga, the most sacred river of the Hindus, enters the Great Plains. 

JOSHIMATH- Joshimath is not only a picturesque hill station but also a pilgrimage centre. The town of Joshimath is also call Joshimath and is the winter seat of Lord Badri. This holy town is revered by the Hindus for being an important pilgrimage centre. 

GOVINDGHAT- It is a pristine hamlet adorned by pilgrims and adventurers, in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. It is located on the way to Badrinath at the confluence of Alaknanda and Lakshman Ganga Rivers.  Govindghat is also the starting point of the trek to Hemkund Sahib and Valley of Flowers. 

GHANGARIA- Perched high in the mountains of Himalayas, Ghangaria is a place of dreams and breathtaking scenery. It serves as the starting point for the trek to Valley of Flowers for many trekkers as well for pilgrims to Hemkund Sahib. Situated at an altitude of 3000 meters in the middle of the Western Himalayas, Ghangaria is a stunning village with amazing natural landscape and aura.

HEMKUND SAHIB- Nestled amid the Himalayan Ranges, Sri Hemkund Sahib is a sacred pilgrimage revered by thousands of Sikhs every year. Literally meaning 'Lake of Snow', this holy pilgrimage site is perched at an altitude of 4329 m above the sea level and lies in the backdrop of snow - clad mountains. The shrine is also known as Gurudwara Sri Hemkund Sahib and can be reached by trekking through numerous waterfalls, thick forest and captivating views of the Himalayas. 

RUDRPRAYAG- The district of Rudraprayag is located at the confluence of River Alaknanda and Mandakini (Both Tributaries of River Ganges). It is said that Narad was blessed at this place by Lord Shiva and is named after Rudra, an aspect of Lord Shiva.  The place is best described as ‘Adobe of Gods’ with majestic Himalayas, gushing waters of the sacred rivers and a variety of flora and fauna.

RISHIKESH- It is a peaceful town and is also one of the holiest towns of India. There is a mystical air about the place. A famous centre for yoga (mystical and spiritual training) and meditation, the town is dotted with numerous ashrams which offer yoga and meditation courses.

Tour Destination: Delhi -Haridwar-Joshimath-Govindghat – Ghangaria – Hemkund Sahib - Ghangaria -Govindghat – Rudraprayag - Rishikesh-Delhi

Travel Duration: 06 Nights/07 Days

DAY 1: DELHI - HARIDWAR- Drive to the City of Ganges-Haridwar.  In the evening go to Har ki Pauri to attend the evening Aarti at River Ganges.

HAR KI PAURI– According to the Hindu mythology, it is at ‘Har ki Pauri’ in Haridwar that king Bhagirath performed a penance to Lord Shiva in order to rescue souls of his ancestors from vicious circle of rebirth. Pleased with his prayers, Lord Shiva asked holy river Ganga to flow through his locks. Bhagirath took a dip in the holy waters of river Ganga and rescued the souls of his ancestors from their sins. Since then, thousands of devotees take a dip at ‘Har ki Pauri’ to pray for salvation of their ancestors.

MANSA DEVI TEMPLE– The temple is perched on a hill top and can be reached through a cable car ride. It is believed that Goddess Mansa fulfils the wishes of her devotee, so, lots of pilgrims flock to the temple to have their wishes fulfilled from the Goddess. 

CHANDI DEVI TEMPLE– The temple is dedicated to Goddess Chandika Devi and is considered to be one of the Siddha peethas of Haridwar where the wishes of true devotees get fulfilled.

Overnight at Hotel.

DAY 2: HARIDWAR – JOSHIMATH- After breakfast, proceed to Joshimath a small hill station and a famous pilgrimage center. On the way up to Joshimath, visit Deoprayag, Rudraprayag and Karnprayag, all these sites lie at the confluence of the Alaknanda River. On reaching Joshimath, transfer to hotel. After freshen visit

NARSINGH TEMPLE- Beloved to be home to Lord Badrinath, the presiding deity of Narsingh Temple is Lord Narsingh. Lord Narsingh is regarded as an incarnation of Lord Vishnu and the idol is said to be installed in the premises by Shankaracharya.

KALPAVRIKSHA- Kalpavriksha is a holy tree located in Joshimath. Believed to be around 1200 years old, this mulberry tree is a site of pilgrimage owing to the rich history associated with it. According to Hindu scriptures, Lord Shankaracharya worshiped Lord Shiva under this tree. 

Overnight at Hotel.

DAY 3: JOSHIMATH – GOVINDGHAT – GHANGARIA- In the morning, after breakfast, drive to a small town, Govindghat. From this point, your trek begins, to a small village of Ghangaria. It lies in the Bhyundar valley, on the way to Hemkund Sahib. Enjoy trekking through the pine groves, winding trails. Transfer to camp/hotel. Evening free for leisure.

Overnight at Camp/Hotel.

DAY 4: GHANGARIA – HEMKUND SAHIB – GHANGARIA- Begin the day with an early morning trek from Ghangaria to Hemkund Sahib. One can also catch the glimpses of the Brahma Kamal and other exotic species of flowers on the Hemkund Sahib trek along with rare and endangered birds.

GURUDWARA HEMKUND SAHIB-  The Gurudwara Hemkund Sahib, highest Gurudwara on the earth, is located amidst an outstanding vista. The Gurdwara is devoid of any showy embellishments and the architecture is perfectly relevant to the surroundings.

HEMKUND LAKE- The Hemkund Lake, also known as the Lokpal Lake, is about 2 km in perimeter. Its crystal-clear water reflects the Saptashrungi Peaks that encircle it.

LAKSHMAN TEMPLE- On the bank of the Hemkund Lake stands the Lakshman Temple that is also known as Lokpal Temple. It is believed that Lord Lakshman had meditated at this place. 

In the evening return back to Ghangaria.

Overnight at Camp/Hotel.

DAY 5: GHANGARIA – GOVINDGHAT – RUDRPRAYAG- After breakfast trek back to Govindghat and continue your drive to Rudraprayag. On the way pilgrims can explore the temples and monuments in and around the town. 

Overnight at hotel.

DAY 6: RUDRAPRAYAG – RISHIKESH- In the morning, visit Rudraprayag, a significant holy town for Hindus.

RUDRANATH TEMPLE– The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva in his rudra avatar.

CHAMUNDA DEVI TEMPLE– The temple is dedicated to Goddess Chamunda who is worshipped here as wife of Lord Rudra.

KOTESHWAR TEMPLE– Situated on the banks of Alaknanda River in a cave, this is one more temple dedicated to Lord Shiva..

KARTIK SWAMI TEMPLE- Perched at a height of 3050m, the temple is devoted to Kartikeya, son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Paravati. Apart from its religious values, the shrine is known for offering indescribable beauty of the Himalayan Range. 

Later drive downhill to Rishikesh, one of the most important spiritual cities and the Yoga capital of the world. Explore the wonderful town with its charming locations. 

Overnight at hotel.

DAY 7: RISHIKESH – DELHI- After breakfast, visit fascinating temples, ashrams, spiritual sites and Ghats. 

NEELKANTH MAHADEV TEMPLE– The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva who is revered here in the form of Neelkanth. As per puranic legends, it is at this place where Lord Shiva consumed the poison that originated from Samudra Manthan. The poison turned his throat (kanth) blue (neel) and hence the name Neelkanth.

TRIMBAKESHWAR TEMPLE– One of the most famous temples of Rishikesh, the ‘Trimbakeshwar Temple’ is a 13 storeyed building with each floor having a shrine of different form of Lord Shiva. The temple can be reached by crossing the Laxman Jhula. Hundreds of pilgrims visit this temple every day.

TRIVENI GHAT– The ghat is located on the confluence of three holy rivers: Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati. It is believed that taking a holy dip in the waters of the triveni confluence can wash off all your sins. Main attraction of the Triveni Ghat is its Maha Aarti that is held during twilight. The aarti and fragrance of incense fills the air with spirituality and mysticism.

In the afternoon travel back to Delhi/Dehradun to catch your flight/train towards onward destination.

Distance & Time (Approx)

  1. Delhi - Haridwar: 220 kms/06 hrs
  2. Dehradun – Haridwar: 60 kms/02 hrs
  3. Haridwar - Joshimath: 260 kms/08 hrs
  4. Joshimath - Govindghat: 25 kms/01 hrs
  5. Govindghat – Ghangaria (Trek):  13 kms/06 hrs
  6. Ghangaria – Hemkund Sahib (Trek): 12 kms/06 hrs
  7. Govindghat - Rudraprayag: 140 kms/05 hrs
  8. Rudraprayag – Rishikesh: 150 kms/06 hrs
  9. Rishikesh – Delhi: 245 kms/07 hrs

Uttarakhand at a Glance

  • Capital City: Dehradun
  • Population: 10,116,752
  • Area: 53,483 sq kms
  • Geo Location: North India
  • Average Climate: 12°C - 22°C
  • Best time to visit: All Year Round

Dehradun at a Glance

  1. Population: 578,420
  2. Area: 300 sq kms
  3. Geo Location: Uttarakhand (North India)
  4. Average Climate: 3 °C - 32 °C
  5. Best Time to Visit: Throughout the year
  6. STD Code: 0135
  7. Airport: Dehradun Airport

Haridwar at a Glance

  • Population: 1,927,029
  • Area: 12.3 sq kms
  • Geo Location: Uttarakhand (North India)
  • Average Climate: 20 °C - 35 °C
  • Best Time to Visit: Throughout the year
  • STD Code: 01334

Joshimath at a Glance

  1. Population: 16,709
  2. Area: NA
  3. Geo Location: Uttarakhand (North India)
  4. Average Climate: 5°C - 25°C
  5. Best time to visit: September - April
  6. STD Code: 01372

Rudraprayag at a Glance

  • Population: 2,242
  • Area: 2,439 sq kms
  • Geo Location: Uttarakhand (North India)
  • Average Climate: 5°C - 35°C
  • Best time to visit: Throughout the year

Rishikesh at a Glance

  1. Population: 102,158
  2. Area: NA
  3. Geo Location: Uttarakhand (North India) 
  4. Average Climate: 5°C - 30°C
  5. Best Time to Visit: September - May
  6. STD Code: 0135

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