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"The birth place of the Yamuna"

Yamunotri Tourism

Revered as the origin of Yamuna river, the pilgrim centre (among one of the 'Chhota Char Dham') nestled in the laps of Garhwal Himalayas at 3293 mts high uses its natural elements to fascinate you with its visuals and create a spiritual charm.

This sacred home of sage Asti is surrounded by undulating peaks, Himalayan glaciers and thermal springs. Hindu mythologies hail Yamuna as the sister of Yama- the God of Death, and it is believed that a bath in Yamuna can make death painless. It appeals to all sorts of tourist from the pilgrims, to the ones in search of a romantic destination as well as adventure enthusiasts who are sure to find abundance of thrill and excitement in its grand and awe inspiring sceneries, given the location.

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Yamunotri Temple

This Dham atop 3030 metres on Kalinad Parvat was built in 19th Century containing a bejewelled silver idol of Yamunotri wrapped in garlands. Devotees trek the 6 km up the hill dotted with Ratnajot- a popular herb to cure eye diseases; all the way from Hanuman Chatti.

History of Yamunotri

Many myths are associated with this historically important place known as Yamunotri. One of the myths relays the story of a sage who used to take a bath both in the rivers Ganga and Yamuna. After a point, due to his age, he could not travel to the river Ganga for a bath daily. Then, to allow him to continue his tradition, a stream of the river Ganga appeared just opposite the river Yamuna. It is also said that the Goddess Yamuna, is the daughter of the Sun God (Surya), and the Goddess of Consciousness (Saranyu), with her brother being the Death God (Yama). Hence, people in large numbers throng over to the 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. According to another myth, Saranyu (Yamuna’s mother), would never be able to make an eye contact with her handsome husband (Surya), as a result of which the Yamuna turned out to be quite “frivolous”. Tehri Naresh, King Sudarshan Shah, in the year 1839, got the Yamunotri temple constructed. Substantial damage was delivered upon this temple, as a result of an earthquake. Maharani Gularia then took up the initiative of the reconstruction of this temple.

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.

Suggested Itinerary for Yamunotri

Day 1 - Reach Hanuman Chatti, and commence on a trek towards Yamunotri, which lies at a distance of 14 Kilometers. This trekking route is absolutely beautiful and a favourite with trekkers.

Day 2 - Visit the most important pilgrimage centre, the Yamunotri temple, rebuilt by Maharani Gularia. Witness the great pillar, Divya Shilla, which stands as the entry attraction of the temple, and is worshipped by pilgrims. Later, savour the delightful prasad offered in this temple. In fact, this prasad is made with the use of the thermal spring, Surya Kund, where you can head to after visiting the Yamunotri temple.

Day 3 - Head to Janki Chatti, which is another popular thermal spring, and lies at a distance of 7kilometress from Yamunotri. From there, head to Kharsali. With the beautiful scenery, this village also has an ancient temple as a major tourist attraction. You can also cover the Dodital lake, which is considered a “mysterious lake”, as its depth is still unknown.

Day 4 - Trekking enthusiasts can dedicate an entire day to cover the numerous routes that Yamunotri has to offer. Cover the route from Yamunotri to Gangotri, a 60 Kilometers long route, also known as the Dodital track. You can also head over to Barkot, which lies at a distance of 49 Kilometers from Yamunotri.

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FAQs on Yamunotri

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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