How about watching snow-capped mountains and then heading to the valley of flowers? The itinerary seems promising, isn’t it? Hemkund or Hemkunt Sahib is a holy place for Sikhs. The pilgrimage site is located in Chamoli district in Uttarakhand.
Uttarakhand boasts of scenic views and lush greenery. Speaking of scenic views, the pilgrimage site has a glacial lake, and it is surrounded by seven mighty mountain peaks. Each of these mountains has a Nishan Sahib. For records, Nishan Sahib is a triangular flag that is either made of silk cloth or cotton. It is a Sikh flag, and you will find it in every gurudwara.
If you are a Sikh or follow the teachings of Sikhs, then visiting this wonderful religious site should be on the list. Also, nature lovers would be charmed by the surroundings of the site.
History and Importance
The pilgrimage site was not on the map before. The local people knew about the lake (Lokpal) and considered it a pilgrimage site. It is believed that the younger brother of Lord Ram meditated near the lake. He was brought to the lake after being significantly wounded. Lakshman’s wife shed tears and prayed that her husband should not be taken away from her. Lord Hanuman found a cure for this – a miracle herb that he found in the Valley of Flowers.
After giving this herb to Lakshman, his wounds were gone, and he got revived again. This is the popular story that the locals narrate to travelers.
The locals tell tales about how Lakshman used to pray under the water at Lokpal lake. Lokpal basically means Vishnu! There are rumors about Lokpal being the birthplace of Lord Shiva.
Places to See near Hemkund Sahib
When you visit Hemkund Sahib, witness the true beauty of nature. There is a valley of flowers that houses 80 species of colorful flowers. It will be a treat for sore eyes! Valley of Flowers is a national park, and one can only reach the destination by trekking.
Hemkund Lake is beautiful and is surrounded by snow-capped mountains. This is a holy lake which is also known as ‘Lake of Snow’ overlooks the seven peaks with the Nishan Sahib.
Activities to do
Since Hemkund Sahib is a holy destination, you can offer prayers and appreciate the natural beauty that surrounds the pilgrimage site. There is a beautiful lake that overlooks the cliffs. Trekking till Hemkund Sahib is also a marvelous thing to do. You can view the majestic mountains and watch the clear blue skies.
The snow-capped mountains are a visual treat. Trekking in this area is a popular activity. Once you have taken the blessings of Lord Lakshman and the Sikh God, you can trek till the Valley of Flowers.
The Valley of Flowers is a must-visit. It opens in the morning at 7 AM and closes at 5 PM. Plan your trip accordingly and visit the valley with blooming flowers. Winter is not the best time to explore this area.
A trip to the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve is a must. It was established in the year 1982 and ever since, the visitors go for a trek in a group of five. A registered guide accompanies visitors. This biosphere reserve is open from May to October. However, the best time to visit the reserve is from June to September. This is a world heritage site, and you must not miss the opportunity of being close to Mother Nature.