Yamunotri
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Brief

Yamunotri forms the starting point of the Charm Dham Yatra, which is one of the most commonly undertaken pilgrimages by devout Hindus in India. Located in the Uttarkashi district of the state of Uttaranchal, surrounded by Himalayan beauty, this small town in known for the Yamunotri Temple dedicated to Goddess Yamuna. This town also marks the starting point of River Yamuna, and thousands of devotees come here every year to start of their religious pilgrimage. With scenic alpine beauty, thermal springs and a distinctly spiritual air about it, this town is definitely worth a visit for those looking to connect with their spiritual side.

 
Travel Tips

The Yamunotri Temple stays open from May to October every year. During the winters, the temple shuts down because of the brutal cold. Certain stretches need to be covered on foot, so carry sturdy walking shoes, and carry warm clothes, even during the summers because the evenings here get quite chilly.



When to visit

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Things to do

Yamunotri is located 3293 meters above sea level. This small town is flanked by snow-capped mountains on all sides, and is the spot from which the River Yamuna emerges. Located close to the Indo-China border, Yamunotri receives a lot of footfall every year for being the starting point of the Char Dham Yatra. This Himalayan Pilgrimage route covers Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath. The temple in this town is the main attraction of the pilgrims.

The Yamunotri Temple was destroyed almost twice, because of natural diseasters. The temple was built by Maharaja Pratap Shah of Tehri. He was a Garhwal king. Then, it as built again by the Maharani Guleria of Jaipur in the late 19th century. Every year, the temple opens its gates at Akshaya Tritiya, which falls between April and May. It stays open till the onset of winter. This mountainous town sees brutal winds and heavy snowfall during the winter, which makes it an unfavorable site to visit during this season.

Within the temple sits the idol of Goddess Yamuna, which is carved wholly in stone. The idol is beautiful and formidable at the same time. Carved to excellence, many pilgrims are drawn every year to catch a glimpse of this idol and to pray for the health, happiness and prosperity for themselves and their families.

Before visiting the temple, you must visit the Surya Kund. This is a thermal spring in the town, with the water being as hot as 190 degrees (Fahrenheit). In this water, many pilgrims come to cook rice and potatoes which are offered to the idol during the rituals, and afterwards, are distributed to the devotees as Prasad. This symbolic offering is a very important part of Hindu religious rituals and it is a wonderful site to see how nature and religion comes together within this town. Before entering the temple, you must also visit the Divya Shila. Located outside the temple, it is a rock pillar where the devotees pray before they enter the temple.

Yamunotri is a small town, but it bustles with the energy of the spiritual impact that the town has. The Char Dham Yatra is a short pilgrimage but is of immense significance in the lives of those who undertake them. Many go for the Yatra with faith in their hearts despite financial, familial and health restrictions. The hope and the faith is infectious, and can be felt in every corner of this small, unassuming town.

 
Places to Stay

High-Range: 

Yamunotri Cottages is a resort which is luxurious and idyllic, and will make your trip a very comfortable one. With beautiful views, small but spacious cottages and good service, the room rates here begin from 3,500 INR onwards. The other luxurious option here is Camp Veda. Room rates here start from 4,000 INR.

Mid-Range:

Barkot Char Dham Camp is a good, affordable and fun option to avail in terms of accommodation. The room rates here begin from 1,800 INR. The other very affordable and comfortable option is Atithi Niwas. Room rates here begin from 1,700.

Low-Range: 

The GMVN Hanuman Chatti Tourist Rest House and the GMVN Janki Chatti Tourist Rest House are two wonderful options to avail for those on a tight budget. These government-run facilities have clean, spacious rooms, all the basic amenities intact, and good service. The room rates here vary according to the tourist season and the amount of footfall.

 
How to Reach

  • Jolly Grant Airport is the closest to Yamunotri. It is 210 kilometers away from Hanuman Chatti. From here onwards, it is a six kilometer walk to the temple.
  • The closest railway station is that of Dehradun. It is 175 kilometers away. You can also take the train to Rishikesh, which is 200 kilometers away. From here on, one can reach Yamunotri through the NH 58.
  • NH58 connects Yaumnotri to most of the important towns throughout Uttaranchal. Rishikesh, Dehradun and Tehri are easily accessible by road from here.

 
Surrounding Attractions

The idyllic, scenic towns of Rishikesh and Dehradun are very close by. Or, you could go forward and cover the length of the Char Dham pilgrimage sites.

 
Important Numbers

Yamunotri Temple Committee Chairman : 9412076322