Uttarakhand News

New road construction in Hemkund Sahib to shorten the trek distance

The arduous 16-km trek to the revered Hemkund Sahib Gurudwara in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand will soon be reduced considerably – thanks to the  new road construction which will allow devotees to reach the holy shrine more comfortably. The authorities are planning to build a 10-km road from Govindghat to Bhyundur village. The government had already issuing notification, the construction of this stretch of road is expected to be completed in 18 months.

At present, the pilgrims had to first reach Govindghat which is the starting point for the Hemkund Sahib shrine which is located at an elevation of 4,600 meters. While Govindghat is the starting point, tourists may take up their vehicle to Pulna which is located 3 km from Govindghat. From Pulna a 16-km trek to Hemkund is undertaken, which includes 6 km of steep climb from Ghangaria till the shrine. Out of the 16 km, the first 10 kms from Govindghat to Bhyundur will be easily covered in vehicles once the construction of road is complete.

While the  Hemkund Sahib management committee have welcomed the initiative as it would make the pilgrimage more comfortable, the construction of ropeway from Ghangaria till Hemkund Sahib was still needed as the last 6 km of trek is a steep climb.

Inputs from Tribune India

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