A thrilling and exhilarating location in the footsteps of Garhwal mountain ranges, Yamunotri proffers picturesque surroundings with the awesome shrubs, lush meadows and gushing cascades. A legendary place, which demands lots of courage and stamina to reach, Yamunotri would be a perfect place for those who love escapades. The trek to Yamunotri is magnificent, subjugated by mind stilling views of craggy peaks and intense forests.
From the snow-clad summits to the turquoise lakes, Yamunotri has unbelievably romantic allures on store for those who are young at heart. Its imposing walking trails beside the gushing streams presents some of the spectacular moments that one could never forget. Apart from all, this snowy abode of Yamuna is a wildlife enthusiast dream destination.
Situated at an altitude of about 3185 mts, Yamunotri is a point of paramount religious importance for Hindus and an essential pilgrimage.
As a testimonial to the mythological belief that the Sun is the father of River Yamuna,Yamunotri houses a hot water spring whose temperature is 1900 F. This hot water spring is known as Surya Kund that lies very near to the holy shrine of Yamunotri.
Devotees fasten rice and potatoes in a cotton cloth, and dip it in the water to be cooked. The water is so warm that the food gets prepared within few minutes. This cooked food is the main offering in the temple. A hot water spring in the precincts of snowy strengthens one's faith in the spirituality of the place.
The Temple opens on the religious day of `Akshaya-Tritiya`, which falls, generally, during the last week of April or the first week of May. The closing day is always on the sacred day of Diwali after a brief ceremony.
The Yamunotri shrine is closed to the public for winter on Bhai Dooj with vadic chanting. This signal the start of the closure of the Char Dham shrines in Uttarakhand for the winters season.
When the temple closes for the season, Yamuna’s doli is taken to Kharsali (with pomp and rituals) where the pandits and purohits spend the winter months and where she is worshipped for these months. Yamunotri reopens in the months of April/May next year.
How to reach Yamunotri
By Air: Nearest airport is Jolly Grant, Dehradun.
By Train: Railway connectivity only upto Rishikesh. After that you have to avail of either private taxis or buses plying on the route. You will also find shared jeeps or similar vehicles from Haridwar or Rishikesh. Do get either a SUV or MUV like Innova, Tavera, Qualis, Scorpio etc. The nearest railway stations are at Haridwar, Dehradun, Kotdwar and Kathgodam.
By Road: The best route to visit Yamunotri is via Dehardun and Barkot. Just in case you are coming from Haridwar-Rishikesh then the road to Yamunotri diverts from Dharasu bifurcation point. Yamunotri is Well connected to Haridwar , Dehradun , Chamba, Tehri, Barkot, Hanuman Chatti and Janki Chatti.
Hanuman Chatti to Phool Chatti is 5 km by jeep, 3 km Phool Chatti to Janki Chatti on foot and 5 km from Janki Chatti to Yamunotri by trek (8 km trek), 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.