The high altitude lake Hemkund / Lokpal is situated at the height of 4329 mt surrounded by heavenly environs. No modernity. no polluting influence from outside. no cars and no other vehicles. you have to reach here walking on your foot. A steep trek from Ghanghria leads one to this holiest of the holy spot in about five to six hours. Encircled by seven snow clad peaks and their associated glaciers. this revered shrine reflects its surroundings in the crystal clear serene waters. The glaciers from Hathi Parvat and Saptrishi peaks fill the lake with pristine water and a small stream called Himganga flows out of this celestial lake.
One of the most important pilgrimage for the Hindus and the Sikhs. Hemkund Sahib houses the most revered Sikh Gurudwara and the Lakshman temple built on the banks of the lake.
According to the holy Guru Granth Sahib. Guru Govind Singh. the tenth Guru of the Sikh faith had meditated on the banks of this lake in one of his earlier births.
This place is also related with the 'Ramayana‘s legend Lakshman. It‘s believed that Lakshman meditated by the lake and regained his health after being severely wounded by Meghnad the demon prince of Lanka. A beautiful tern pie is built after the name of Lakshman.
The long forgotten Hemkund was later discovered by a Sikh Granthi Sohan Singh and became a major pilgrimage centre only alter 1930. Best time to visit this spiritual shrine is from the beginning of June till the beginning of October.
Air : Nearest airport is Jolly Grant, 307 km (Dehradun 334 km).
Rail : Nearest railhead is Rishilkesh. 300 km.
Road : Hemkund Saheb is 5 km from Ghangharia. which is approachable on foot from Govindghat which is connected by road with Rishilkesh. Kotdwara. Dehradun, Haridwar and other important hill stations of Garhwal and Kumaon Hills.
Taxies : Private taxies and other light vehicles are also plying between Rishikesh and Govindghat.