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"The birth place of the Yamuna"

Yamunotri Tourism

Yamunotri is the source of River Yamuna, situated 30 km from Uttarkashi in Uttarakhand. It is one of the most revered pilgrimages in India, part of the famous Chhota Char Dham yatra (including Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath). The main attraction here is the Yamunotri Temple dedicated to Ma Yamuna.

Yamunotri has to be reached by a 6 km trek which starts from Jankichatti. The 2.5 hours trek can be done on foot, mule, palanquin or pithoo (carrier). The yatra to Yamunotri is usually completed in one day.

Yamunotri temple remains open for 6 months each year. On Akshya Tritiya, the idol of Ma Yamuna is shifted to the Yamunotri Temple from Khushimath. On Bhai Dooj, the idol is returned to Khushimath for the next 6 months. The opening of Yamunotri Temple marks the beginning of Char Dham yatra each year. The temple remains open from 6 AM - 8 PM. Aarti Timing is 6:30 AM and 7:30 PM.

The other attractions at Yamunotri are the Tapta Kunda (where the pilgrims take a bath before visiting the temple), Draupadi Kunda, Surya Kunda, and Divya Shila. According to Hindu mythology, the devotees who do this pilgrimage with utmost devotion and purity are relieved from the cycle of life and death.

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Must Know Before You Visit Yamunotri

  • Suggested Itinerary: Day 1 - Haridwar to Jankichatti
    Day 2 - Jankichatti - Yamunotri - Jankichatti/Krishnachatti
  • Registeration: Char Dham biometric registration is required which can be done online here. Registration can also be done at Jankichatti. Carry Aadhaar Card
  • Time Taken from Jankichatti: Uphill trek - 2.5 hours - 3 hours
    Downhill Trek - 1.5 hours - 2 hours
    Temple - 2 hours
  • Cost: Mule and carrier - INR 2500 - 3000
    Palki (palanquin) - INR 7000 - 8000
  • Mule or pony is available throughout the trek route. Cost varies depending on the distance
  • Accommodation: Some small ashrams available in Yamunotri. Costs around INR 600 for 2-3 people per night. Most rooms have attached washrooms
  • Water points, resting points and benches available every 500 metres on the trek route
  • Wear/carry woollens, raincoat, and water bottle. Wear shoes with grip.

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Yamunotri Temple

The main attraction of Yamunotri is the Yamunotri Temple which is dedicated to Ma Yamuna. It houses a black marble idol of Ma Yamuna along with an idol of Ma Ganga. The actual source of Yamuna is the Champasar Glacier located on the Kalindi mountain. It is inaccessible to pilgrims which is why the Yamunotri Temple is located at its base.

Yamunotri Temple complex houses the Surya Kunda which is a hot water spring. The water of the spring is used to cook rice and potates in a muslin cloth which is offered to the deity. It is believed that eating this offering fulfills one's wishes.

Legend of Yamunotri

As per one of the ancient Indian legenda, sage Asit Muni used to take a bath Ganga and Yamuna Rivers. After a point, due to his age, he could not travel to the river Ganga for a bath daily. To allow him to continue his tradition, a stream of the river Ganga appeared just opposite the river Yamuna for him.

Goddess Yamuna is believed to be the daughter of the Sun God (Surya), and the Goddess of Consciousness (Saranyu), with her brother being the Death God (Yama). Hence, devotees take a pligrimage to Yamunotri temple, and take a bath in the river Yamuna, as they believe that they will at once receive the blessings of all of the Gods, and by taking a holy dip in the river, they will wash away all of their sins.

Chardham Yatra

The Chardham Yatra, as a concept, was conceived by the great Adi Shankaracharya, which consists of the four great Vaishnavite pilgrimage sites. The bigger circuit of the Chardham Yatra includes Badrinath, Dwarka, Puri, and Rameshwaram. A smaller circuit in Uttarakhand includes Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath, and Badrinath. This smaller circuit is also known as Chota Chardham. The temples at these four places in Uttarakhand are located at great heights, with spectacular views. The purpose of this pilgrimage for many is to cleanse themselves of their sins.

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What is famous about Yamunotri?

A pilgrimage hotspot. Peaceful and beautiful.

What is not so good about Yamunotri?

Only satvik food available, devoid of onion or garlic. Remains closed for 6 months. Local transport is not much developed.

Who should visit Yamunotri?

Yamunotri is one of the sites for the Char Dham Yatra and a popular pilgrimage centre. It is an ideal place for rock climbing and trekking. A perfect destination for family, kids, couples and solo trip.

What is the best time to visit Yamunotri?

May-June and September-November are the best months to visit Yamunotri. Yamunotri is cold all across the calendar, while winters making most activities difficult. Visiting the area during festivals Basant Panchami, Phool Devi etc. will let you witness a more colourful and joyful side of Yamunotri.
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What is the local food in Yamunotri?

The food in Yamunotri is simple and comprises of mostly vegetarian North Indian dishes.
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What is the best way to reach Yamunotri?

Yamunotri is not directly connected to the rest of India by any means. Some 198 km away is the Jolly Grant airport in Dehradun, which is the nearest airport that connects Yamunotri to the rest of India. The nearest railway station to Joshimath is in Rishikesh which is 210 km away from Yamunotri. From there, you have to avail either private taxis or buses plying on the route.

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What are the things to do in Yamunotri?

The top things to do in Yamunotri are Janki Chatti, Yamunotri Temple, Hanuman Chatti, Surya Kund, Saptarishi Kund, Divya Shila. You can see all the places to visit in Yamunotri here

What are the places near Yamunotri?

The top places near to Yamunotri are Mussoorie which is 70 km from Yamunotri, Shimla which is located 123 km from Yamunotri, Auli which is located 118 km from Yamunotri, Kinnaur which is located 72 km from Yamunotri, Rishikesh which is located 102 km from Yamunotri

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Rohit Shroff

3 years ago
- Avoid going during winters as due to the harsh weather, most places remain shut. Carry warm clothes and good shoes during all seasons. Also, try and carry your own drinking water.
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