Hemkund Sahib opening date 2013

Hemkund Sahib will open on 21st September, 2013.

Just returned back from Govindghat and a good news that Hemkund Sahib Gurudwara will officially open on 21st September, 2013 and will close on 10th October, 2013. I went to Govindghat in second week of September and just returned few days back. The bridge over Alaknanda at Govindghat is already construed and ponies are crossing it comfortably.

Newly constructed Bridge at Govindghat.

Newly constructed Bridge at Govindghat.

At Govindghat the scene was full of destruction the river bed which increased at the time of flood also went to its normal height and now the river is flowing like a small stream. The construction work of trek was in full swing. Now the trek between Govindghat and Ghangaria is constructed since there was no damage to the trek between Ghangaria and Hemkund Sahib the trek between Govindghat and Hemkund Sahib is open now.

View of Govindghat in September 2013. The river shrunk to its original size.

View of Govindghat in September 2013. The river shrunk to its original size.


Construction work of trek going on at Govindghat. This trek joins motorable road to river bed and you need to trek through river to have an access to the bridge over Alaknanda.

Construction work of trek going on at Govindghat. This trek joins motorable road to river bed and you need to trek through river to have an access to the bridge over Alaknanda.

There were some vehicles which were parked at Govindghat but fortunately they didn’t washed off in the flood. There is no hope of getting constructed a road to these vehicles. So people are coming getting their vehicles disassembled into parts and taking those parts to the motorable road and getting them assembled again to save their vehicle.

Stranded vehicles at Govindghat parking. These vehicles are being disassembled and taken to the road. They are assembled again.

Stranded vehicles at Govindghat parking. These vehicles are being disassembled and taken to the road. They are assembled again.


A porter carrying part of a car to the motorable road, where it will be assembled with other parts.

A porter carrying part of a car to the motorable road, where it will be assembled with other parts.

While coming back from Govindghat we stopped at Vishnuprayag where Dhauliganga River meets Alaknanda River. I was with my wife and Mr. Raghuvir Chauhan, fortunately Mr. Raghuvir Chauchan saw some beautiful Deer on the Hathi Parvat. We were really festinated and saw them for a while.

Deer near Vishnuprayag at Hathi Parvat.

Deer near Vishnuprayag at Hathi Parvat.

We also saw some beautiful birds also on our trip.

A beautiful Bulbul at Joshimath

A beautiful Bulbul at Joshimath


A bird at Joshimath

A bird at Joshimath


Common sparrow at Joshimath

Common sparrow at Joshimath

So finally a good news has come that the trek from Govindghat to Ghangaria is OK and soon the bridge over Pushpawati River near Ghangaria will also be built and we can have access to Valley of Flowers. But it sure that this year we will not be able to enter the Valley of Flowers. It is also true that next year we will definitely go to Valley of Flowers. I will go to Hemkund Sahib in first week of October if anyone is interested to come along with me can contact me.

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Devkant Sangwan is an ardent lover of nature and is a passionate traveler. He belongs to Haryana (India) and is a law graduate by profession. He’s professionally well qualified and is an Associate member of the Institute of Company secretaries. Like many others, Devkant’s heart did not lie in his profession. He was born to follow his dream which is exploring the beauty of nature. He visited Valley of Flowers for the first time in 2004 and instantly fell in love with the splendor of the place. He started pursuing the place more often and adored it over and over again. He even left his job for his travel pursuits and calls the place as his second wife.

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10 comments on “Hemkund Sahib opening date 2013
  1. Avatar for Devkant Sangwan Bramachari Rahul Pathak says:

    Can I i visit valley of flowers this year november i.e around 7th novermber 2013 ?
    Bramachari Rahul Pathak ( Chinmaya Mission )

  2. Avatar for Devkant Sangwan Jerome Glachant says:

    Hi Devkant Ji, Thank you for all these news, impressive videos and nice pictures. It is so nice to remind all good moments we spent in India this summer.

    I would like to come to Hemkund Sahib with you in october. However, it will be for another year! Best regards. Jerome

  3. Avatar for Devkant Sangwan Ameet Singh says:

    Hi Devkant Ji , you are doing a tremendous job by posting various trek info’ surely would like to visit the terrain , hmmmm let’s see how things work out, wish you the best in your endeavours, happy trekking. Regards Ameet Singh

  4. Avatar for Devkant Sangwan jyoti raut says:

    What a devastation.Trek path to valley is bad?

  5. Avatar for Devkant Sangwan saumitra says:

    Was Ghangaria also affected by the floods.. Did hotels get washed away there as well.

    • Hello Saumitra,
      No, Ghangaria did not get affected by floods. All the hotels are ok there. Ghangaria’s location is pretty safe. Its not inside or near to river bed. Govindghat was very near to Alaknanda river bed and in fact the car parking was right inside the river bed.

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