Yamunotri at a glance:
Coordinates:31.0140° N, 78.4600° E
It is situated at an altitude of 3,293 metres (10,804 ft) in the Garhwal Himalayas and located approximately 30 kilometers (19 mi) North of Uttarkashi.The sacred shrine of Yamunotri, source of the river Yamuna. The chief attraction at Yamunotri is the temple devoted to the Goddess Yamuna and the holy thermal springs as Janki Chatti (7 km. Away).
How to Reach Yamunotri :
By Air :Jolly Grant in Dehradun is about 210 km from yamunotri. Helipads are available across the major cities starting from Dehradun.
By Rail: Yamunotri has well connected railway station with Trains running frequently from Rishikesh and Dehradun station, is about 175 kms from Yamunotri.
By Road: The best route to reach Yamunotri is via Dehradun and Barkot.There are well developed motorable roads that connects from Hanuman chatty to other cities like Rishikesh,Barkot and many more.There are regular buses and cabs which makes easier to reach destination.
Places to visit and Things to do in Yamunotri
49 kms off Yamunotri is Barkot, famous for its ancient temples and shrines.This gem of a place is a major stopover for the Hindu devotees heading to perform pilgrimage at Gangotri and Yamunotri Dham.A visit to Barkot can leave you spellbound by its serene landscapes and flora and fauna.
Located at 3000 metres high, this rock pillar next to Surya Kund is another pilgrim attraction.This pious slab of stone is also known as ‘slab of divine light’. As a ritual, devotees offer their prayers to the Divya Shila before entering the Yamunotri Temple.
On the foothills of Surya Kund is Hanuman Chatti 13 kms off Yamunotri. This place marks the confluence of rivers Yamuna and Hanuman Ganga surrounded by lush Himalayan greenery. The place is also dotted with numerous small temples.The river side scenic beauty at Hanuman Chatti acts as a perfect place to experience nature and countryside.
Popular for its hot water springs, Janki Chatti 3 kms off Yamunotri is where people visit to dip themselves in the hot water springs.The thermal springs of Janki Chatti acts as an inevitable part of the Yamunotri pilgrimage. Ponies and palanquins are available at Janki Chatti.
Just off Janki Chatti is Kharsali, a lovely picnic spot sprinkled with a number of thermal springs, water falls and rolling meadows covered by Oaks and conifers. Lord Shiva in the Someshwar form inhabits an ancient 3-storied temple with beautiful wood work and stone carvings.
A popular natural lake atop 4421 metres, it is considered to be where Yamuna originates. You can trek the 10 km path from Yamunotri, preferably with a guide. You will also meet many exotic birds and glaciers on your way.
This hot water spring is dedicated to the Sun God, believed to be the father of Yamuna. It also consists of a hot water spring at a temperature of 1900 F. Devotees often fasten rice and potatoes in a cotton cloth, and dip it in the water to be cooked. This cooked food is then offered to the temple.
This dham atop 3030 metres on Kalinad Parvat was built in 19th Century containing a bejeweled silver idol of Yamunotri wrapped in garlands. Devotees trek the 6 kms up the hill dotted with Ratnajot- a popular herb to cure eye diseases; all the way from Hanuman Chatti.
What to eat in Yamunotri : Local Food and Cuisine:
Traditional Garhwali food is rich in nutrient factor and hold a number of health benefits due to the inclusion of various herbs, lentils, cereals and pulses.Bhatt ki Churkani is one of the most loved dishes for the Kumauni communities of Uttarakhand.Arsa is a sweet delicacy which is considered to be one of the must in every special occasion or festival.