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Hemkund, Chamoli

  • During winter the pathways to Hemkund Sahib Temple, a famous Sikh pilgrim centre in Chamoli district in Uttarakhand remain inaccessible due to the thick snow cover around. Located at an elevation of 15200 meters, the temple is known for extending a long trekking path of 13 KM that starts at Govindghat and a challenging trek up to 1100 meters height through stone paved paths to reach the top. Devotees of Guru Gobind Singh Ji flood to the temple in a large number every year and in the month of May, pilgrims arrive here and repair the damaged roads that lead to the top. A glacial lake and seven mountain peaks adorn the temple very much. Also, the possibility of Acute Mountain Sickness remains huge here and the visitors are requested to be physically fit before climbing the altitude.

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Nanda Devi Peak

As one of the highest hill stations in India, Auli is located in the shadow of many other tall and towering peaks that give it the characteristic look of a snowy hill station. One such peak amongst them is the Nanda Devi. The name of the peak itself stands for bless giving Goddess and it is this very meaning that you will see in its greatest measure as you catch a sight of its towering peaks from Auli. The Nanda Devi National Park that surrounds the peak is also a place where you can explore and discover a stirring range of flora and fauna and biodiversity. 

This is characterized by mostly mountainous fowl, tall trees of oak, deodar, pine, conifer, rhododendron and many others. It is this very variety and diversity which has led to it becoming a part of the World UNESCO Heritage sight. The seconds highest mountain in India, Nanda Devi towers to an elevation of 7,817m and the very view of it is humbling.

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