The river Yamuna starts form this place, located at a height of 3293 meters in Uttarkashi province of Uttarkhand is Yamunotri. Yamunotri is one of the holiest places in India and one of the four spots in India’s Char Dham pilgrimage. Being a reclusive hilly region, Yamunotri was once the home of Asit Muni the ancient sage. According to legend, Yamunotri was the seat of Goddess Yamuna. This sacred ornament of Himalayas is an important pilgrimage and tourist site of India. Book Uttaranchal holiday tours
to enjoy a visit to this river.
Must See Places
The climatic conditions of Yamunotri might be brutally cold, but there is one thing here that is hot and that is the Surya Kund. If you’re wondering, Surya Kund is a natural thermal spring and the temperature of the spring could rise up to 190 degree Fahrenheit! The locals consider this place sacred. They worship and also cook rice in the hot waters of the spring, which they offer to the deities of the temple. Don’t forget to take the holy dip in Surya Kund before you enter the temple. A massive stone pillar will confront you when you reach the entrance of the temple, pay your respects to it. People of Yamunotri call it ‘Divya Shila’. Dressed in comfy white clothes you can spend a whole day (occasionally, tasting the tasty temple food) for pilgrimage. Apart from the pilgrimage visit, the next best thing on the list is trekking and nature walks. You are amidst boundless yarns of beautiful nature so explore and expedite on the next day! Other places of excursion near Yamunotri are Savanachatti, Jankichatti and Hanuman Chatti.
Languages spoken in Yamunotri are Garhwali, Hindi and English. Summer is the best time to visit Yamunotri and make sure you carry woolen clothes even if it’s summer. Visiting Yamunotri during the winter season is not advisable as the temperature here touches subzero! Yamunotri doesn’t have an airport nor railway station. However, direct busses are available from Rishikesh, Samyukt and Haridwar. Rishikesh is the nearest airport and railway station to Yamunotri. Rishikesh is about 250 kilometers from Yamunotri and a cab from Rishikesh to Yamunotri would cost around 2500 INR. For travel inside Yamunotri use an all terrain vehicle.
Planning Your Trip
Two days are sufficient to explore the whole of Yamunotri. The prime site of Yamunotri is the temple of Yamunotri. This magnificent structure was built by the Maharani of Jaipur, Guleria. Maharani Guleria built this temple dedicating to the Goddess Yamuna. Earthquake had ravaged the temple, later it was rebuilt. The Yamunotri temple remains closed from November to May. Plan your visit after May.
Food & Accommodation
Yamunotri offers best hotel tours in Dharamshala
! Alternative place of stay is the GMVN rest house in Janki Chatti. Kindly don’t carry non vegetarian food or liquor when your traveling to the Yamunotri, it’s strictly prohibited here. As far as food is concerned, you’ll find delicious north Indian vegetarian food! Vegetarian Dhabas can be found in Yamunotri.
There are not many shops worth shopping here in Yamunotri. Idols of God’s are the best souvenirs you can take back home. The budget estimate for this trip for a couple would cost nearly 6000 INR.