Known for pilgrimage, Uttaranchal is rightly named as the abode of Gods. Hindu temples can be found at almost every fold as you take to the mountains of Uttaranchal. Himalaya offers you excellent scenic beauty. Visiting Yamunotri Temple can be an enchanting experience amidst the mountain ranges and the splendid sceneries around.
Located in Uttaranchal Yamunotri temple can be reached from Rishikesh, Dehradun or Haridwar. One of the four pilgrimage sites or Char Dham Yatra of India, Yamunotri dedicated to Goddess Yamuna is a shrine situated in the Garhwal Himalayas. Perched on the Bandar Poonch peak which is about 3.165 mts above sea level, the path way to the Yamunotri temple is very picturesque. Situated opposite to Gangotri, Yamunotri is the source of the river Yamuna which originates from the Champasar Glacier which is about 4,321 mts above sea level.
Yamunotri Temple is accessible by a six kilometer walk from a town called Hanuman Chatti and a four kilometer walk from Janki Chatti. Devotees traveled the way on foot, palanquins or horses.
The hike along the mountain range is truly beautiful since you will be encountering many cascading waterfalls. Maharani Gularia of Jaipur in the 19th century had originally built the Yamunotri Temple but due to earthquakes it was destroyed and a new temple was built in its place.
Ashrams and guesthouses around the temple serve as rest houses for visitors. Rituals are performed, offerings are made and sanctifies offerings are distributed by priests. Yamunotri has hot springs where devotees take a holy dip before entering the temple. Yamunotri finds a special place in Hindu mythology. Revered sage Asit Muni was supposed to reside here.