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Hemkund Sahib is perhaps the most sacred of all Sikh pilgrimages. Hemkund translates to bowl of snow. As its name suggests, the place remains snowbound half of the year (October – April). At the onset of summer in the months of April and May, Sikh pilgrims and soldiers of army arrive at the path and clear them to make it accessible for pilgrims. This is in accordance with the concept of ‘kar seva’, selfless service exemplified in Sikh Tradition.
What if you could remit the perils of traversing three-fourths of the path on foot? What if the 13 km difficult trek from Govindghat to Ghangaria can be replaced with a 5-10 min helicopter journey over the same distance? Does the prospect interest you? If yes, you might want to opt for our Hemkund Yatra by Helicopter Packages. Read along to find out more about the destination, its history, and our tour itinerary.
Hemkund Sahib – History, Importance
Hemkund Sahib finds its mention in Dasam Granth, a sacred text written by tenth Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh. He narrates in its verses how God spoke to him to take birth as a human being upon the Indian soil. The Guru was engaged in practicing austerities at a site engulfed by seven mountains wherein King Pandu had practiced yoga in the Dwapara Yuga. God urged him to take birth, to which he refused for he did not want to leave his state of merger with the Divine. Later, he agreed to comply with the Divine will.
For years, this site of ‘Tap Asthan’, meditative site surrounded by seven mountains wherein God spoke to the Divine Guru remained a mystery. It remained a mystery for many years. In fact, the discovery of the sacred site is attributed to Pandit Tara Singh Narotam in 1884. His findings were found and popularized by Bhai Vir Singh in his ‘Sri Kalgidhar Chamatkar’. This lead to Sant Sohan Singh embarking on his exploration to find the ‘Tap Asthan’. Thanks to the efforts of Sohan Singh and Bhai Vir Singh, Hemkund Sahib was brought to the public eye, and pilgrims began to embark on the sacred journey.
It is believed that the pilgrimage would bring one closer to Guru’s grace and renews one’s own connection with God. One can feel the reverberations of the spiritual grace that abounds in the region. What more than attaining the true grace of a Supreme Teacher that can help in one’s spiritual evolution?
Hemkund Sahib Yatra
One can divide Hemkund Sahib Yatra into three parts. One’s journey till Govindghat (275 km from Rishikesh), the 13 km trek from Govindghat to Ghangaria village, and the remaining 6 km trek in which one ascends over 1,100 m till the Gurudwara. Since there is no provision for overnight stay and halting at Gurudwara premises during night is banned, one ought to descend till Ghangaria on the same day. If you choose to travel to Hemkund Sahib on foot, know that the trek is of two days.
How Does Helicopter Journey Ease the Yatra?
Hemkund Yatra by Helicopter lets one finish the entire journey within a single day! And we are not even talking about travelling from Govindghat. You can finish the entire journey from Dehradun till Hemkund Sahib in a single day.
- Tour Name
Hemkund Sahib Helicopter Yatra
- Tour Duration
01 Day (Same Day)
- Helicopter Type
Bell 407/ AS 350 B3
- Starting Point
- Ending Point
- Destination Covered
Dehradun – Ghangaria Helipad
- Package Inclusion
Priority Darshan Charges + Hotel Pick Up and Drop+ Ground Handling Assistance
Tour ItineraryExpand all
Day01 : Dehradun – Ghangaria
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- Welcome drink on arrival
- Accommodation on double sharing basis.
- Meal- All meal, including evening tea.
- Expenses of personal nature like – tipping, Porters, laundry, telephones, Cameras fees etc.
- Entrance fees at any point, any kind of insurance.