Dedicated to Guru Gobind Singhji, the tenth Sikh Guru is a renowned Gurudwara located in Uttarakhand known as Hemkund Sahib. The word Hemkund in Sanskrit literally means “Snow Bowl”. This sacred gurudwara is elevated at an altitude of 4,632 meters above sea level. The design and construction of the current gurudwara was initiated in the mid 1960’s soon after the Engineer-in-chief of the Indian army visited this sacred Sikh shrine. Important travel information about this “gurudwara” is as follows.
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a. Best time to visit:
The ideal time to visit this gurudwara is in between June to October during which the climate is extremely pleasant with, the maximum temperature being recorded at 25 degrees Celsius.
b. How to reach Hemkund Sahib?
Hemkund Sahib Map
1. By train:
The closest railway station to this gurudwara is located in Rishikesh. The Rishikesh Railway Station is well connected to most of the major cities in the country.
2. By road:
There are a number of bus services that are available from Govindghat that connect to major cities in the state such as Rishikesh, Dehradun, Haridwar etc.
3. By air:
The closest airport to this Gurudwara is located in Dehradun. The Jolly Grant Airport is well connected to major cities around the country.
c. Religious significance:
According to a myth the tenth guru of the Sikhs Guru Gobind Singhji is supposed to have mediated at this site (where the gurudwara is currently located) right until his death. And so this gurudwara was essentially built in memory of the revered Sikh guru. Additionally, Hindu mythology also states that Lakshman the younger brother of Lord Ram is supposed to have performed penance at this site and, as a result there is a temple built in honour of Lord Lakshman.