Gangotri & Yamunotri are part of the Char Dham along with Kedarnath and Badrinath. Both these temples are situated in Uttarakhand state of India.
The temple of Yamunotri, which is also known as Yamuna temple, was established initially in the 19th century by Maharani Guleria from Jaipur. It had to be rebuilt during the later half of the 20th century owing to its destruction. The height of Yamunotri is 3,291 meters. It is on the western part of the Bandarpoochh peak of Garhwal Himalayas. Bandarpoochh peak is 6,315 meters tall. Yamunotri is 213 kilometers from Rishikesh.
There are a number of places of attraction near the Yamunotri temple. The Kunds, which are hot springs, attract a lot of people. Devotees often cook food in these springs and then take them back as prashad. It is almost mandatory to worship the Dibya Shila before the goddess of the temple is appeased. The devotees also bathe in Jamuna Bal Kund, which is a 100 years old structure. Sayanchatti is well known for its scenic splendor.
There are several options of transportation to Yamunotri. The closest airport is Jolly Grant close to Dehradun, which is 196 kilometers away. Closest railway stations are at Dehradun and Rishikesh. There are two trekking routes from Janki Chatti and Hanumanchatti to Yamunotri.
Gangotri temple is situated in Gangotri, which is 3,140 meters high. It is located in high Himalayas. It is devoted to goddess Ganga. Amar Singh Thapa who was a Gorkha general helped in establishing the temple of Bhagirathi in the 18th century. This temple is located right at the source of river Ganga. There is also the Shila, which is present at the exact spot of Ganga's descent into earth.
Gangotri is 249 kilometers away from Rishikesh. There are some important places in the vicinity as well like Surya Kund, Brahma Kund and Vishnu Kund. There is a halting place called Bhaironghati, which is located at a height of 2743 meters. This place is used for resting by travelers who wish to visit the top of Gangotri. Then there are other attractions as well. There is a submerged Shivling.
The best time to visit Gangotri & Yamunotri is from May to October. It is pretty convenient to reach Gangotri. The closest airport is Jolly Grant close to Dehradun, which is 226 kilometers away. The closest railway station is at Rishikesh. There are four trekking routes to Gangotri from Kedar Tal, Kedarnath, Gaumukh and Nandavan-Tapovan.