YAMUNOTRI FACTS & FIGURES
- Location: Uttarkashi district of the northern hill state Uttaranchal, India
- Best time to Visit: May to October
- Significance: There are hot springs close to the temple, a bath in them is very refreshing after a tedious 13 kms. trek from Hanumanchatti or 5 kms. from Janki Chatti. 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.
Yamunotri is the source of the revered river Yamuna which originates from the Champasar Glacier lying 1 km ahead of the shrine, at an altitude of 4421 mts.
Pilgrimage/ Tourist attractions of Yamunotri
Temple of Goddess Yamuna
The temple was built by Maharani Gularia of Jaipur in the 19th century. It was destroyed twice in the present century and rebuilt again. The temple remains closed from November to May.
Pass Kempty falls 75 kms. On the Mussoorie – Yammnotri road lies Lakhamandal. Legend has is that the Kaurvas made a shelter house and conspired to bum the Pandavas alive here.
One of the important thermal springs known for its very high temperature of 190 f. Pilgrims cook rice and potatoes here to offer to deity in the temple.
A huge rock pillar venerated before entering the Yamunotri Temple.
The theral springs here offer a spectacular sight and a refreshing bath for the pilgrims.
The confluence of Hanuman Ganga and Yamuna river forms the starting point for the scenic Dodi Tal trek. (Rishikesh – Barkot – Hanumanchatti – Yamunotri – hanumanchatti – Darvatop – Dodital – Agora – Uttarkashi – Rishikesh). Porters. Ponies and Palanquines are available for the journey to Yamunotri. Their rates are fixed by District Magistrate before the start of every Yatra season.
A scenic spot along the bank of river yamuna that makes a lovely sight enrouted the trek up to Yamunotri.
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.
How to Reach Yamunotri
- Air: Nearest airport is Jolly Grant.
- Rail: Nearest railhead is at Rishikesh.
- Road: The road to Yamunotri diverts from Rishikesh – Gangotri road at Dharasu.