Hemkund, is very famous religious place for sikhs. it is a gurudwara and is famous as gurudwara shri hemkund sahib ji. it is devoted to their 10th guru, shri guru gobind singh ji. it is located in the chamoli district of indian state uttrakhand. this holy shrine of sikhs is located at an elevation of 4632 meters from the sea level in the himalayas. and hence trekking is one of the options to reach this place. also at about 3kms away from this gurudwara there is a valley of flowers in which flowers boom in the respective season attracting many tourists from all around the world. it is in the month of june to mid september that these flowers are showcased providing a spectacular and alluring view to the spectator. from october through may this place remains inaccessible because of the snow fall. the routes are jam packed by the snow making it impossible to reach there.
The hemkund trek (Hemkund Valley of Flowers Trek) is started off from the place called as Govindghat Govindghat, Govindghat is a town in Chamoli district, Uttarakhand, India, located at the confluence of the Alaknanda and Lakshman Ganga rivers. It lies around roughly 22 kilometres (14 mi) from Joshimath on NH58 at an altitude of 6,000 feet (1,800 metres). It is the roadhead on the way to Shree Badrinathji yatra - One of the important places of worship of Hindus and the starting point for trekking to Hemkund Sahib and Valley of Flowers. Hundreds of people, mostly Hindu pilgrims to Shree Badrinathji and Sikh pilgrims on way to the holy shrine of Shree Hemkund Sahibji and occasional tourists to the Valley of Flowers, arrive here every day. Says Wikipedia
it is the place from where the trek to hemkund and valley of flowers start. the trekker traverses through a comparably nicer plane to a reach Ghangaria, from where the trek to hemkund sahib is to be made. from ghangaria there is a steep climb up to the hemkund sahib. this place is very famous for its tranquility. the surroundings are very beautiful and also the calmness in air provides one the internal peace. it is believed that the process of rejuvenation of the soul is inculcated here in this holy place. all the follies are left behind and the one is reincarnated to follow the path of truth. it is believed that guru gobind singh ji who is the tenth guru of sikhs lived in satyug. and hence these mythologies are tied up with this place.
After experiencing the calmness and mildness in the surroundings the trekkers return to Ghangaria Ghangaria, Ghangaria is a small village on the way to Hemkund Sahib, a popular pilgrimage site for Sikhs which is about 6 km from here and the Valley of Flowers, a national park known for its variety of flowers about 3 km from here. It is located in the northern Himalayan ranges at an altitude of 3049 meters in Uttarakhand state of India.Ghangaria is situated at the confluence of the rivers Bhyundar Ganga and Pushpawati, which forms Lakshman Ganga, that later meets the river Alaknanda at Govindghat. Says Wikipedia
to follow the route to valley of flowers. the valley of flowers is approximately 3858 meters away from ghangaria. the valley of flowers is very beautiful. if it's the perfect season you get to see many flowers of wide variety making the view exceptionally beautiful. the combination of 26 alphabets in different orders is surely not enough to describe the enchanting beauty of the place. there is an exhibition of wild flowers like geranium, ranunculus, marsh marigold, codonopsis, prinula, dactylorhiza,potentilla,epilobium, geum, asters, trollius,lilium, ,strawberry, corydalis, rhododendrons inula,sibbaldia, pedicularis,saxifrages, Arisaema
Arisaema, Arisaema is a large and diverse genus of the flowering plant family Araceae. The largest concentration of species is in China and Japan, with other species native other parts of southern Asia as well as eastern and central Africa, Mexico and eastern North America.Asiatic species are often called cobra lilies, while western species are often called jack-in-the-pulpit; both names refer to the distinctive appearance of the flower, which consists of an erect central spadix rising from a spathe. Says Wikipedia
anaphalis, impatiens, ligularia,bistorta ,cypripedium and numerous others. many of these flowers have medicinal value attributed to them. this valley is around 2m wide and 10km long. but the distance through it gets unnoticed because spectators are busy in praising the beautiful scenario. from valley of flowers the trekkers return to ghangaria and then govindghat to complete this beautiful hemkund- valley of flowers trek. Hemkund Trek and Valley of Flowers Trek are rated as easy on the gradient level and hence the beginners can also enjoy trekking to this place. undoubtedly it's worth an experience.