Situated at an altitude of 1828m, on the west bank of the river Alaknanda,
Gobind Ghat is the place where the mortable road for journey to Hemkunt ends. A
number of vehicles can be seen parked as one descends to the level of the
Gurdwara. Pilgrims usually halt here for the night before continuing their
journey on foot or on mules. Previously known as Saymtay, Gobind Ghat is
basically a hamlet of shops and small inns and hotels. The shops are varied
-ranging from eating places to tea stalls to shops selling items associated with
the visit to Hemkunt. These includes items which are necessary for the journey
ahead like walking sticks , plastic rain coats sturdy shoes , caps, saropas (scarves tied on the heads like bandas) and even clothing items to ward
off the cold.
Besides these, the shops sell sovinour in the form of photograph
and posters of Hemkunt Sahib , religious books , audio cassettes etc. It
is through a line of such a colorful array of stalls and shops that the
Gurdwara at Gobind Ghat can be approached.
at the entrance of Gurdwara Gobind Ghat. Winding through the shops , the cobbled path leads to the
complex which is spread along both of its sides .Past the Gurdwara , one
reaches the suspension bridge that spans the river Alaknanda. Colorful
flags flutter atop the brightly painted corrugated steel roofs that rise above
the white of the buildings. Although, the Gurdwara is a trifle overshadowed by
the surroundings buildings, on the whole the air is one religious
festivity. The buildings surrounding the Gurdwara are mostly rest houses where
the pilgrims are accommodated without any cost or prejudice.