Satnam Waheguru – Hemkund Saheb – Uttarakhand Chronicles
After the amazing and serene trek to the Valley of Flowers, day two was our hike to go visit the Holy Gurudwara of Hemkund Saheb at 15200 feet. Now, as less the distance seems, the steepness of this trek is something that will test everything besides your endurance. This is the true spirit of what you would generally forsake for the belief that you have and the spirituality that you want to test within your body, mind and soul. Everybody who goes here, including kids to elders, have one faith within themselves and that is what they realize when they chant the name of their Waheguru. More than that what is delightful to see is the Sikhs, dishing out Glucon D, dry fruits, biscuits, on their way back… to the people who are going on top. A mere encouragement as it looks like, goes a long way than just a simple source of energy. It’s their words of encouragement that really put you to the test and motivate you to go on top all the more faster.
Hemkunt Sahib or Hemkund Sahib (Hindi: हेमकुडं) is a pilgrimage site for Sikhs in Chamoli district, Uttarakhand, India. With a setting of a glacial lake surrounded by seven mountain peaks and each peak is adorned by a Nishan Sahib on its cliff, it is located in the Himalayas at an elevation of 15,200 ft as per the Survey of India. It is accessible only by foot from Gobindghat on the Rishikesh-Badrinath highway.
Hemkunt Sahib is famous for the Sikh worship-place Gurudwara, known as Gurudwara Sri Hemkunt Sahib Ji, devoted to Guru Gobind Singh Ji (1666–1708), the tenth Sikh Guru, which finds mention in Dasam Granth, a piece of work narrated by Guru Gobind Singh Ji,Himself. The lake also has a Lakhmana hut on its shore which was later built into proper small shrine by the Sikhs. (wiki)