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Yamunotri Travel Guide

The seat of River Goddess Yamunua, Yamunotri is one of the destinations of the revered Charm Dham Yatra, lying amidst the snow-covered Himalayan ranges, offering a mesmerizing view.


  • Yamunotri Temple
Yamunotri At a Glance
  • Average Climate:6°C - 20°C
  • Best Time to Visit:May - June , September - November
  • STD Code:01374

Introduction

One of the most important pilgrim destinations of the Hindus, Yamunotri is couched in the magnificent Garhwal Himalayas, at a height of about 3165 meters above sea level. A Tour to Yamunotri gives the visitors a chance to witness the origin of the holy river Yamuna and experience what true spiritual bliss is. According to ancient legend, the ancient and highly respected Asit Muni resided in this serene hilly spot.

Hindus religiously believe that there are four prime religious spots or "Char Dhams" and any pilgrimage tour is incomplete without a visit to all of them. This kind of a pilgrimage tour commences with a Tour to Yamunotri. The westernmost shrine of Yamunotri is balanced on the edge of the Bandar Poonch Peak and is frequented by a large number of devotees throughout the year.

Dedicated to Goddesses Yamuna, this shrine was built by Maharani Guleria of Jaipur, in the late nineteenth century. The present structure however was reconstructed after he original was destroyed by an earthquake. At the entrance of the temple there is a huge rock pillar, popularly known as Divya Shila, which is also highly revered by the people. To be very precise, the origin of the sacred river, Yamuna, is the Champassar Glacier in Saptarshi Kund. This glacial lake is located on Kalind Parbat at a height of about 4421 meters and lies a km ahead of the temple as well. It is not very easily accessible and making it here is a tough task even though most people aspire to reach it on their Tour to Yamunotri.

On your Tour to Yamunotri, you will also get to see thermal springs. Religious devotees take a bath in these hot water springs. What sounds even more surprising is that these devotees tie rice and potatoes in muslin cloth and dips it in the Surya Kund, one of the most important springs with temperatures as high as 190o F to cook the food. However Yamunotri does not just allure religious minded people. Those who are adventure loving will surely like to plan a Tour to Yamunotri. The thrill and excitement of trekking in Yamunotri is matched by very few places. The rugged topography of the land as well as the dense mysterious forests are challenging and enticing to the trekkers at the same time. While trekking make sure that you enjoy the mesmerizing sight of Sayanchattii.

It is best to plan your Tour to Yamunotri in the summer months because winters are freezing cold with temperatures falling to sub zero degree. Yamunotri is easily accessible from other important places in Uttarakhand like Rishikesh and Dehradun. Good connectivity ensures that visitors will not face any problem when on a Tour to Yamunotri.