Situated at a height of over 15,000 feet above sea level in the Himalayan ranges of northern India, Sri Hemkunt Sahib has emerged as a popular centre of Sikh pilgrimage.
In spite of the difficult terrain where Hemkunt is situated, thousands of devotees from all over the world make it to this unique shrine every summer.
On the way to Hemkunt, devotees also visit other important gurdwaras in Rishikesh, Srinagar and Joshimath. Apart from enjoying the scenic beauty of the snow-clad peaks and taking a dip in the icy cold water of the lake, the pilgrims can see rare brahm kamal flowers; some of them also visit the world famous Valley of Flowers not far from Hemkunt.
In the Panjab Heritage series, Pilgrimage to Hemkunt is illustrated with colour photographs throughout.
Jaswant Singh Neki Photographs by Sondeep Shankar
UBSPD and National Institute of Panjab Studies