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Yamunotri :: City Information

Best Travel Duration

May to October

About Yamunotri

The Garhwal Himalayas have been blessed with some of the holiest Hindu pilgrimage sites and Yamunotri is one such. One of the Char Dhams according to Hindu mythology, Yamunotri is the origin of the sacred river Yamuna. Famous for its thermal springs and glaciers, it is one of the most important stopovers on the itinerary of the Hindu pilgrim. According to an old legend, Asit Muni, the revered sage, used to reside here.

The main temple is dedicated to Goddess Yamuna. The present temple was built by Maharani Guleria of Jaipur in the late nineteenth century. Once destroyed by an earthquake, it has been rebuilt. A holy dip in the nearby tank filled by hot springs and cooking rice in its water are common rituals performed by the devotees.

The Garhwal Himalayas have been blessed with some of the holiest Hindu pilgrimage sites and Yamunotri is one such. One of the Char Dhams according to Hindu mythology, Yamunotri is the origin of the sacred river Yamuna. Famous for its thermal springs and glaciers, it is one of the most important stopovers on the itinerary of the Hindu pilgrim. According to an old legend, Asit Muni, the revered sage, used to reside here.

Places to Visit

Janki Chatti

 

Janki Chatti is at a distance of 7 km from Yamunotri. It is well known for its thermal springs. It provides accommodation facilities for tourists.

Kharsali

Description: kharsali

Kharsali, 1 km away, which is the last village in the region. It has a three-storied temple and has carved stones on the walls. It is a Shiva temple dedicated to the Lord in the form of Someshwar, the God of the intoxicant Soma. The intricate woodwork here is also noteworthy.

Saptarishi Kund

 

Saptarishi Kund is at a distance of 10 km from Yamunotri and is the actual source of the river. This lake is generally covered with ice. The place is known for the rare Brahma lotus, which grows here. It is a beautiful picnic spot as well.

Hanuman Chatti

 

Hanuman Chatti is at a distance of 13 km from Yamunotri. It is located at the confluence of the Hanuman Ganga and Yamuna rivers and the trekking route to Dodi Tal starts here. Accommodation is available here as well.

Badkot

 

Badkot is a small hamlet, 49 km from Yamunotri. It has an ancient temple and can provide good facilities to the traveler.

How to Get To Yamunotri

By Air:

 

The nearest airport is Jolly Grant, about 70 km from Yamunotri.

By Rail:

 

The nearest railheads are at Rishikesh, at a distance of 222 km via Narendranagar and Haridwar. We would provide you all India tourist permit vehicles for the local transportations and also for the intercity drives too.

By Road:

 

There is no straight route to Yamunotri. One can reach Hanuman Chatti by bus from Rishikesh, Mussourie, Uttarkashi, Gangotri, Badkot, Haridwar and Dehradun. From there, one has to either trek a distance of 14 km or use ponies and palanquins, which are available on hire. The road from Dehradun to Hanuman Chatti is quite picturesque and one passes through the Kempti Falls and Mussourie en route.