A must on
every Hindu pilgrim's itinerary, Yamunotri
is an highly significant destination among
the four Hindu shrines that constitute the
Chardham Yatra in the state of Uttarakhand.
It is the source of the holy river Yamuna
and can be reached from popular towns like
Rishikesh, Haridwar or Dehradun. The temple
at Yamunotri is at a distance of 6 km from
Hanuman Chatti, a small town in the Garhwal
Visitors can cover this stretch either by
taking a pony/ horse ride or by hiring
palanquins. The Yamunotri shrine is also
quite close to the Indo-Chinese border.
Between the months of May and October,
Yamunotri invites hordes of tourists as well
as pilgrims from across the globe. The
sacred place finds its mention and has an
important place in the Hindu mythology.
Hindus believe that it is the site where
resided the ancient sage named Asit Muni.
Hot springs closely located from Yamunotri
are a must-see for every visitor. The hot
water of the springs is also used by
devotees to prepare rice and potatoes to be
offered at the Yamunotri shrine.
Not only with devotees and pilgrims,
Yamunotri also invites an equal number of
trekking enthusiasts from all over. A
trekking tour to Yamunotri is wonderfully
complemented by picturesque scenery
including rugged peaks, gurgling streams and
dense alpine forests. Trekkers can first
undertake a journey to Hanumanchatti and
then they can set off on a 13-km-long trek
up to the pilgrimage site of Yamunotri. The
trekking route from Dodital to Yamunotri is
much popular with adventure seekers
Altitude: 3,584 mts
Climate: Summer: Cool during the day
and cold at night.
Winter: Snow-bound touching sub-zero.
Clothing: Summer-Light woollens,
Winter- Heavy woollens.
Languages: Hindi, Garhwali, English.
HOW TO REACH US
Air: Nearest Airport is Jolly Grant,
18 kms form Rishikesh.
Rail: Nearest railhead is Rishikesh
250 kms, Haridwar 270 kms.
Road: The Road to Yamunotri diverts
at Dharasu, on way to Uttarkashi. Important
road distance are: Hanumanchatti 14 kms,
Dharasu 107 kms. Tehri 149 kms.
Surya Kund is the most important and sacred
thermal spring of Yamunotri amongst the
cluster of thermal springs in the vicinity
of the temple which flows into numerous
pools. The pool is named after Surya or the
sun god, the father of Yamuna. It has a
temperature of almost 190 Degree F. Pilgrims
tie rice and potatoes in a cotton cloth, and
immerse it in the water to be cooked. The
water is so hot that the prasad gets cooked
within no time.
A rock pillar, worshipped before entering
the Yamunotri Temple.
It's 5 km from Yamunotri, it is noted for
it's thermal springs , where tourists can
enjoy a refreshing bath.
It's 13 km from Yamunotri. The confluence of
Hanuman Ganga and Yamuna rivers, from where
the trek to Dodi Tal
-Hanumanchatti-Yamunotri. Hanumanchatti -Darvatop
and ponies are available at Hanumanchatti.
Rates are fixed by District Magistrate
before the start of every Yatra season.
This Kund is situated 10 kms away from
yamunotri. This is the actual place where
Yamuna rises and an extremely difficult
journey covered with ice. The water of the
glaciers gathers in this lake. On the banks
of the lake are naturally carved slate
stones. The rare Brahma Lotus grows here. It
is a beautiful picnic spot as well.