Yamunotri is the origin of the river Yamuna located in the state of Uttarakhand. This is the place from where the river Yamuna originated. It is visited by pilgrims every year in summer. According to mythological legends, Yamuna River is the daughter of Surya and Yama, the god of death, is the son of Surya. It is said that those who bathe in Yamuna do not suffer Yama at the time of death. Yamunotri also has some hot water fountains. Pilgrims cook their meals in the water of these springs. Yamunaji Temple is the main worship temple here.
The shrine of Yamuna Devi is located at the source of Yamuna river. The temple of Yamuna Devi is located in the western part of the Garhwal Himalayas. The real source of Yamunotri is a frozen ice lake and glacier (Champasar Glacier) which is situated on the Kalind mountain at an altitude of 4421 meters above sea level. The temple of Yamuna Devi was built by Maharaja Pratap Shah of Tehri Garhwal. The very narrow-skinned Yamuna Kajal is ice cold. Due to the precision, flawlessness and purity of this water of Yamuna, there is immense reverence and devotion towards Yamuna in the heart of the devotees. According to the legend, Asit Muni's decor was at this place. The ascent of the temple of Yamuna Devi is truly inaccessible and thrilling. The skyscraper, scenic Nang-Dhadang icy peaks located side-by-side on the route hypnotize the pilgrims. The greenery of the dense forests around this inaccessible climb does not miss the mind. There is a huge rock pillar in the temple courtyard known as Divyashila. Yamunotri temple attendant 3235 m. Located at a height. A huge group of devotees are also seen in Yamunotri temple from May to October. This place remains completely snowy during winters.
Yamunotri is the first stop for the Char Dham Yatra, located in Uttarkashi district, on the west side of the Garhwal Himalayas. The first dham originates from Yamunotri at a distance of one km from Yamuna. It is very exciting to see the Yamunotri glacier spread in the western end of Bandarpunchh peak (6315 m). The source of Yamuna holy river is the Kalindi mountain. The main temple of Yamunotri is dedicated to Yamuna Devi. One of the main sources of water is Suryakund which is the source of hot water.
1- If you want to travel all around Dham Yamunotri, Gangotri, Badrinath and Kedarnath then start from Yamunotri.
2- Even if one or two of these places are to be visited, the journey starts from Rishikesh. Motor buses also play from Haridwar station to Yamunotri only.
3- There is a bus road here. This route is such that many times it gets blocked due to falling stones in the mountains. So how far the bus will be available, this exact address can only be known in Rishikesh.
4- Porters are found from where one has to go on foot. A porter carries a mind load. There, the name should be taken to the office in their register. Ask the rate office for their wages.
5- Throughout the journey of Uttarakhand, rubber shoes are required which are not slippery, it is good to have a strong stick and support rain. Umbrella does not work here.
6- Do not touch any unknown fruit, herb, leaf, they may be poisonous. There are many scorpion herbs here which if touched, gives pain.
7- If you thirst, do not drink water from the waterfall directly, otherwise there is a fear of hill diarrhea. Keep some sugar candy and keep a light glass. Eat some water and drink. Fill water first in a pot or glass, let it sit for a minute, so that the particles that are in it sit down. Throw a sip of water at the bottom and then do the same if you want to fill the glass.
8- There are poisonous flies somewhere along the route of Yamunotri and Kedarnath, which bite the boils. Keep the body covered, apply dittol, tincture or jambak on cutting.
9- Do not eat raw apple peaches etc.
10- It is very cold here, definitely take warm clothes with you. The lentils do not cook, potato has to work.
11- There are many hot water tanks here. Water keeps boiling in them. When the passengers tie potatoes and rice in cloth, they are cooked. It is not possible to bathe in these hot pools. Separate pools have been made for bathing, in which water is somewhat cold. Yamuna water is so cold that even it cannot be bathed.
12- Snow rises here in the form of water, melting from a very high mountain. From this, the name of Yamuna is Kalindi. There is a small temple of Yamunaji here. Here was the ashram of Asit Muni. Due to his tenacity, a small waterfall of Gangaji has appeared here which is still there.
How to get to Yamunotri by air : The closest air terminal to Yamunotri is Dehradun airport in Dehradun Uttarakhand which is situated at a distance of 210 km from its main city of Yamunotri. From the capital of India i.e. Delhi, you can get domestic flights to Jolly Grant airport. After landing at the plane terminal, you can use a cabs or roadways to get to Yamunotri.
How to get to Yamunotri by train (by train) : The nearest Railway station to Yamunotri isRishikesh railway station which is found at the distance of 172 km from the city of Yamunotri. When you are at the Rishikesh train station, you will get the Taxi service by Chardham Package, ready to take you to Yamunotri.
How to get to Yamunotri by road (by bus) : The sacrosanct town of Yamunotri remains closely associated with the street to all the key places that the visitor puts in Uttarakhand and outside. You will discover the standard transports that compete with Hanuman Chatti (14 km from Yamunotri) from the best places in the state. Rishikesh is at a distance of 213 km and Dehradun 172 km from Yamunotri.
The best time to visit Yamunotri is during the months of May, June and September, October. At this time, the climate remains pleasant and pilgrims no need to bother about their pilgrimage tour to Yamunotri.
Yamunotri ji Temple opens for common visitors at 4:00 a.m.
Ans- Yamunotri is 223kms far away from Haridwar and 213kms from Rishikesh respectively. We can easily hire taxi from haridwar or Rishikesh on a private basis. Various local and state buses provide daily services from haridwar to Barkot which is at a distance of 46km from Yamunotri.
Ans- Very few no of hotels are available in Yamunotri. Tourists can stay at hotels in Janki Chatti and Syan Chatti which are located few kms before the Yamunotri Dham. These hotels also serving vegetarian food such as Parantha, Dal, Roti, Sabji, Chawal, Maggi etc.
Ans- Yes, there is trek of 5km from Janki Chattivehicles to reach Yamunotri Temple.
Ans- The trek is not too difficult and has only few step points on the route. Tourists can take facility of Palki.
Ans- Yamunotri temple opens on Akshaya Tritya and closes on the eve of Bhai Dooj.
Ans- Yamunotri palki & horse price is depend on demand and supply. Approx Horse INR 3000/- & Palki INR 4000/- for up and down.