Yamunotri Dham

About Yamunotri Dham

Ideally the first destination for beginning the Chota Chardham Yatra in Uttarakhand, Yamunotri Dham showers its blessings to the pilgrims to have a safe and unforgettable spiritual journey ahead. Dedicated to Goddess Yamuna, the temple is seated at a height of 3293 m and along the gorgeous River Yamuna in Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand. The actual source of River Yamuna is at a short distance from the temple located at an altitude of about 4,421 m (14,505 ft) on the Kalind Mountain. The River Yamuna has also been given the status of the nurture of Indian lands and thus is worshipped widely amongst Hindus. The journey to Yamunotri isn’t complete without preparing potato and rice in the hot spring of Surya Kund near the holy shrine. Devotees offer this in the temple and take the cooked rice home in the form of Prasad.

Yamunotri Temple Opening & Closing Dates 2019

The Yamunotri temple opens in the month of April/May at the onset of the summer season and closes for winters in the third week of November. The idol of Goddess Yamuna is then carried to Kharsali Village where the pilgrims can pay homage to the deity for 6 months.

The dates for opening date of Shri Yamunotri Temple is announce by the priests on the auspicious day of Basant Panchmi. The opening date of Yamunotri Temple this year in 2019 may be decided to be around 18th April.

Best Time to Visit Yamunotri Temple

Due to its high altitude location, Yamunotri Dham remains open to the devotees for only a brief period of six months. The end of April or beginning of the month of May is chosen for the opening of the portals of this sacred Hindu shrine as the snow melts and the weather becomes pleasant. The temple closes right after the festival of Diwali and its deity is moved to Kharsali Village to be worshipped for next six months of winter season. Therefore, the best time to visit Yamunotri is between April and November with April to mid-June and October to mid-November being ideal most.

  • Summer

    The month of April marks the onset of the summer season in Yamunotri the daytime is warm. The temperature in summer that lasts till mid-June ranges between 15℃ and 25℃, keeping it quite pleasant for devotees to perform the pilgrimage.

  • Monsoon

    The season of monsoon is packed with heavy rains that sometimes continue for days. The average temperature drops a bit with  23℃ being the highest. Though the Yatra is carried out in this season in full swing as well, it is advisable to check the weather forecast and carry necessary gears like raincoats, umbrella, walking sticks, etc.

  • Winter

    Yamunotri like all other Chota Chardham destinations closes down for a period of six months with the onset of winter in mid to end November. The mercury dips to sub-zero figures and the entire region is covered under the thick blanket of snow. The idol, then is brought to lower region of Kharsali Village for the devotees to worship.

Yamunotri Temple History

Activities around Yamunotri

Trekking, basking amidst the scenic nature and paying homage to some divine temples make some of the most interesting activities around Yamunotri Dham. Seated in the lap of pristine nature, Yamunotri is surrounded by equally stunning and sacred places missing on which can be a big loss.

  • Trekking to Jankichatti Hot water spring
  • Preparing Rice and Potatoes in the Hot Spring of Surya Kund
  • Basking in the serene Barkot along the river
  • Climbing to stunning Hanumanchatti
  • Paying homage at big and small temple en route and ahead of Yamunotri
  • Visiting the Saptrishi Kund

Travel Tips: Top 5 Things to Know Before Going to Yamunotri Yatra

    • The weather in Yamunotri varies from moderate to chilly, therefore it is advised to carry woollen clothes
    • Yamunotri is at a short distance from its originating point, so, in case you want to witness this sacred place, it is necessary to carry good trekking shoes
    • Though the altitude of Yamunotri is around 3000 m there are chances you might feel mountain sick, thus pack some medicine for it like Diamox
    • The consumption of alcohol as well as non-veg strictly prohibited in Yamunotri. Therefore, avoid to carry any of it
    • In order to keep everything hassle-free, carry at least one identity proof that can be showed wherever required

Yamunotri Tour Packages for 2019

Liberate your soul at the pilgrimage of Goddess Yamuna and choose one of our Yamunotri tour package to make your journey completely hassle free. Our well-crafted Yamunotri packages allow you to not only find the best accommodation but also the best sightseeing/trekking experience around the sacred shrine that too at a budget that suits your pocket.

Best Hotels to Stay in Yamunotri

A wide array of hotels surrounds the Yamunotri Dham, thus a pilgrim can rest assured to have a plethora of staying options to choose from. There are hotels on Yamunotri Road, Jankichatti also have decent number of accommodation, while Barkot houses several hotels along the flowing Yamuna.

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