Lying placidly amidst the lush green valley of the Uttarkashi district in Uttarakhand; the Yamunotri Temple reflects the cheerful journey of the mighty river Yamuna through the Yamunotri basin. One of the four Dhams of Uttarakhand, the Yamunotri Dham Yatra takes a privileged trip to the sacred river to find redemption along the left bank of the river Yamuna.
The temple of the goddess Yamuna was originally entrenched by Maharaja Pratap Shah of Tehri Garhwal in the Uttrakashi district. Residing sacredly under the Banderpoonch (Parvat) Mountain of the Garhwal Himalayas, the Yamunotri Yatra is more than just a trek tour and that also being famed for thermal springs and glaciers as one of the most important stopovers on the itinerary of the Hindu pilgrims.
The main shrine is of black marble and the holy river is also being relational to the Sun God as a daughter where the origin of the holy river Yamuna is Chapasar Glacier located near the Banderpoonch Mountain. Besides the holy shrine, there are some other important places which are counted as an essential part of Shri Yamunotri Dham including Diyva Shila, hot water spring as Surya Kund, etc.
Excursions around the Yamunotri Dham Temple
Surya Kund: Surya Kund, the sacred thermal spring of Yamunotri is amongst one of the thermal springs in the vicinity of the temple which flow into numerous pools. The pool is named after Surya or the sun god, the father of Yamuna. The Kund brings a temperature of almost 190 °F. Pilgrims tie rice and potatoes in a muslin cloth, and immerse it in the hot water to be cooked as a prasad.
Divya Shila: It is a rock pillar, which is being idolized before entering into the Yamunotri Temple.
Janki Chatti: 5 km from Yamunotri, the Janki Chatti brings the holy thermal springs, where tourists can enjoy a refreshing bath. It is an astounding location from where the pilgrims can also find great opportunities of sight-seeing.
Hanuman Chatti: It is one of the thrilling climb in the rocky terrain, located 13 kms away from the Yamunotri temple. Since this serene place is spotted at the confluence of the magnificent rivers Yamuna and Hanuman Ganga, it offers awesome beauty to the visitors and also offers a popular trekking spot. Besides being a reputed place for the adventure freaks, Hanuman Chatti encompasses several small temples in and around its tranquil environ.
Saptarishi Kund Lake: 10 kms away from Yamunotri, the Saptarishi Kund Lake is the famous spot where the Yamuna rises and brings difficult pavements covered with ice. It is the end point of the Yamuna glacier and the banks of the lake are adorned with naturally carved slate stones. It is also an amazing picnic spot.
Altitude: 3,235 mts.
Climate: Summers – Cool during the day and cold at night with min temp 6°C & Max 20°C. Winters are snow-bound by touching subzero.
Best Season: May to June and September to October
Air: Nearest Airport- Jolly Grant, 196 km from Yamunotri via Dehradun.
Train: Rishikesh (213 Km) and Dehradun (172 km) are the two Railheads.
Road: Yamunotri is connected by road with Rishikesh, Kotdwar, Dehradun, Hardwar and other hill stations of Garhwal. Some important road connections are Rishikesh (230Kms) and Haridwar (260 Kms).