Amritsar, September 18
Discontinued after the devastating flashfloods in Uttarakhand, the pilgrimage to Hemkunt Sahib is to resume from September 22. Talking to The Tribune, Darshan Singh, manager, Gurdwara Rishikesh, said the pilgrimage would resume following ‘ardas’ at Sri Hemkunt Sahib on Sunday. He said all preparations had been made for the pilgrimage which would last for around 20 days.
He said the pilgrims would now halt at Gurdwara Joshi Math instead of Gurdwara Gobindghat. The langar hall at Gurdwara Gobindghat had been reconstructed.
He said the devotees could take horses for traversing the stretch from Gobindghat to Hemkunt Sahib while helicopter service was available from the Joshi Math to Gobind Dham.
Darshan Singh said the road from Rishikesh to the Math had been cleared and traffic restored. He, however, cautioned the elderly, the ailing and children against undertaking the yatra in the inhospitable weather.