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Hemkund Sahib

Also known as the Gurudwara Henkunt Sahib, this is the highest gurudwara in the world. It is on the shores of the Hemkund lake at an altitude of over 14000 ft above sea level. The water of this lake is always freezing and equally chilly is the wind here. this is a beautifully maintained gurudwara where they serve maggi and tea as part of the langar continuously. Also, the sweet halwa prasad of here is very tasty. The peaceful ambience has a magical effect on everyone. To reach this place you will have to keep trekking and then climb a number of stone stairs. The journey may seem to be tiresome but the fabulous experience will compensate for all the difficulty you have had taken to reach here.
Shivani Vohra
We resumed our remaining journey of 6 KM the next morning. Cold showers embraced the gigantic mountains that were surrounding us, while the waterfalls peeked at us slyly. The snow was melting, and colourful flowers had started blooming in the wake of summers. The route was steep, and there was a deficiency of oxygen; but with baby steps, we finally reached at the top.
Poonam Kanyal
Poonam Kanyal
On Day 3 after early breakfast we started around 7:30 AM for Hemkund Sahib . As it was raining throughout the day it took us around 8 hours(7 kms) for to and fro trek . For Hemkund sahib trek proper pathways are built and there are shops along the way and who would not love a cup of tea when it is so cold outside . I myself had 6-7 cups of tea along the way , but do remember there are no restroom along the way . The energy during this trek is too high with trekkers and at the same time pilgrims around you . When you are about to reach the Gurudwara , you can hear the chants of " Satnam Waheguru " . We reached at around 12 Pm at the top , went for the darshan and had piping hot prasad there . As everyone knows the signature lunch is served at langar here " Tea and Khichdi " ( not to miss item ) . There is a beautiful sarovar in the premise , on clear days you will get a stellar view of sarovar and Himalayas in the backdrop and its reflection in the sarovar . After lunch we started our journey towards our base camp . Along the ways you can spot lot of wildflowers , poppy and state flower of Uttarakhand( Brahma kamal ) .
Rachita Saxena
On Day 5, start for the Hemkund Sahib Gurudwara early at 6 a.m. Again, you have an option of taking a pony to the top which will cost aout 500 INR.You can also trek the 6 km which will take you 2.5 - 3 hours as this is slightly long and cumbersome. You will have several snack shops on the way to sate your hunger and thirst so you can carry less while trekking to the top.
Miss Gypsy