Yamunotri Pilgrimage Tour
The revered shrine of Yamunotri, source of the river Yamuna, is situated in the shadow of the 6,315 m High Bandarpunchh mountain. It constitutes one of the four most important pilgrimages, collectively called 'Char Dham' of the Garhwal Himalayas. Legend has it that a sage, Asit Muni, used to reside at this secluded spot in ancient times The shrine of Yamunotri, is a point of paramount religious importance for Hindus and an essential pilgrimage. Situated in the direction opposite to Gangotri, the road bifurcates from a place called Dharasu, somewhere between Rishikesh - Uttarkashi and goes on to Yamunotri. The shrine can also be visited via Mussoorie and Barkot.
Places To See :
Yamunotri Temple :
The present temple was built by Maharani Gularia of Jaipur in the 19th century. In 1923, the temple was destroyed by an earthquake, but subsequently rebuilt. Here a holy dip in the tank filled by hot springs, and cooking rice in its water are part of the rituals.
Surya Kund :
There are a number of thermal springs in the vicinity of Yamunotri. The most important of these, Surya Kund, has a temperature of almost 1900 F. Pilgrims tie rice and potatoes in a cotton cloth, and immerse it in the water to be cooked.
Divya Shila :
A rock pillar, worshipped before entering the Yamunotri temple.
Nearby Places :
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.
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.
Barkot is a small hamlet, 49 km from Yamunotri. It has an ancient temple and can provide good facilities to the traveler.
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.
Travel information :
Air : Nearest airport is Jolly Grant.
Rail : Nearest railhead is at Rishikesh.
Road : The road to Yamunotri diverts from Rishikesh - Gangotri road at Dharasu. Important road Distances : Hanumanchatti 13 km. Dharasu 107 km; Tehri 149 km.
Hanumanchatti, the roadhead for Yamunotri is connected by bus services of Samyukt Rotation Yatayat Vyavstha Samiti to Rishikesh, Haridwar and other major centres in the region.