Situated amidst the Garhwal Himalayas, Yamunotri, in the state of Uttarakhand, is naturally bestowed with beauty and charm. Located at an altitude of 3293 meters, next to the Indo-Chinese border, Yamunotri is encompassed by the towering mountain peaks from all sides. According to the Hindu mythology, Yamuna is the sister of Yama, the god of death, and a holy dip in this river protects a devotee from a painful death. Be it a pilgrim, a nature lover or an adventure enthusiast, Yamunotri is the best bet for all.
How to Reach Yamunotri from Delhi
The nearest railway stations to Yamunotri are Rishikesh and Dehradun. Dehradun Railway Station is located at a distance of 175km from Yamunotri while Rishikesh Railway Station is located at a distance of 200km before Yamunotri on NH58. Taxis and buses are available from these railway stations to Hanuman Chatti.
Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun is the closest airport to Yamunotri. It is around 227 kilometers away from Yamunotri. Jollygrant Airport is well-connected to Delhi Airport.
The Grand Trunk Road and National Highway number 94 connect Delhi and Yamunotri. The journey via these two routes will take approximately 7 hours. There is no direct bus service between Delhi and Yamunotri. If you are coming to Delhi, take a bus to Rishikesh and get down. From here, bus services are available between Rishikesh and Hanuman Chatti. Yamunotri is around 14 kilometers Hanuman Chatti via bus.
Attractions in Yamunotri
Located at a height of 4421 meters above sea level, Saptarishi Kund is considered as the origin of Yamuna River. It is considered as one of the most tiring treks in the Himalayas. The breathtaking sight of skating through the snow covered ponds makes this trek an unforgettable experience. With its azure waters, gravel banks and the rare sight of Brahma lotus, Saptarishi Kund offers delightful scenery.
Located close to the holy shrine Yamunotri, Surya Kund is a hot water spring whose temperature is 1900 Fahrenheit. Here, devotees tie rice and potato and dip it in the water to be cooked. Due to the high temperature of water, it takes only few minutes for the food to get prepared. This cooked food is the main offering in the temple.
Located close to the Surya Kund at Yamunotri, Divya Shila is a potent rock pillar where devotees offer prayers as a customary practice before they enter Yamunotri. The spot is located at an altitude of 3000 meters. Although a tedious path, devotees feel extreme pleasure in climbing this massive wall.
Perched atop Kalind Parvat at an altitude of 3030 meters, Yamunotri Temple, located at the holy banks of River Yamuna, is one of the four Char Dhams of Uttarakhand. The temple was built in the 19th century and was destroyed twice due to natural calamities. The river deity ‘Yamuna’ is portrayed in the form of a silver idol adorned with garlands. There is a popular belief that a holy Darshan in this shrine brings good fortune.
Located at a height of 3030 meters, Yamunotri offers some of the most picturesque and tedious treks to the adventurous people. While trekking to Yamunotri, one can behold the breathtaking beauty of verdant nature, crystal clear waters, gushing streams and deciduous forests. Some of the famous and exciting trekking routes are The Dodi Tal trek, trek from Hanuman Chatti to Phul Chatti and trek from Janki Chatti to Kharsali.