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Information about Yamunotri

Gangotri, Yamunotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath are the four major shrines that constitute the Char Dham. Among all these shrines, Yamunotri is the first pilgrimage shrine of the Char Dham Yatra in the Garhwal Himalayas. Yamunotri is situated at a height of 3235 meters in the western region of the Garhwal Himalayas. Yamunotri is the source of the river Yamuna, the twin sister of Yama, the Lord of Death. Yamuna is also the daughter of Surya, the Sun. The Yamuna river originates from the Champasar galcier, lying 1 km ahead of the shrine, at an altitude of 4421 meters. Yamunotri also finds a special mention in the Hindu mythology. According to the legend, this secluded hilly spot was the home of an ancient sage, Asit Muni. The Yamunotri Temple is dedicated to the goddess Yamuna. This shrine attracts devotees in the large numbers from May to October. Various people visit the temple of Yamunotri either on foot or ponies.

Tourist Attractions in Yamunotri

The main tourist attraction in Yamunotri is the Yamunotri Temple. The other tourist attraction in Yamunotri are the Surya Kund and Divya Shilla.

Yamunotri Temple
The Yamunotri Temple is dedicated to the goddess Yamuna, the river goddess. The idol of the goddess is made of black marble. The temple was constructed by Maharaja Pratap Shah of Tehri Garhwal. This place is visited by various pilgrims from May to October, every year. According to legend the temple must be rebuilt after every few years. Floods and snow seem to ensure that it must be built.

Surya Kund
The hot sulphur water springs pond, also known as Surya Kund is situated near the Yamunotri temple. These important thermal springs are known for its very high temperature of 190 degree Fahrenheit. The pilgrims immerse potatoes and rice, tied in a muslin cloth at this pond. The meal, which takes only few minutes to cook is then offered to the deity and later distributed as Prasad.

Yamunotri Temple, Yamunotri

Divya Shila
Divya Shila is a huge rock pillar which is venerated before entering the Yamunotri temple.

There are dharamshalas and other resthouses in Hanauman Chatti, Janki-Chatti and Yamunotri.


The thermal springs in Jankichatti offers a spectacular sight and a refreshing bath for the pilgrims.

Sayanachatti is a scenic spot along the banks of the river Yamuna that makes a lovely sight enroute the trek upto Yamunotri. 

The confluence of Hanuman Ganga and Yamuna rivers forms the starting point for the scenic Dodi Tal trek. Porters, palanquins and ponies are available for the journey to Yamunotri.

How to get here

By Air: 
The nearest airport is Jolly Grant in Dehradun, situated about 196 kms. from Yamunotri via Dehradun.

By Rail:
The nearest railway station is located in Rishikesh and Dehradun, about 213 kms and 172 kms. respectively.

By Road:
Yamunotri is well connected by road to Rishikesh, Dehra Dun, Haridwar and Delhi. 

From Rishikesh, it is about 213 kms. journey by road to Hanumanchatti. To reach the temple you must trek from Hanuman Chatti for about 13 kms. The trek along the riverbank is exhilarating with the mountains rising up on each side. On the return to Hanuman Chatti, you can visit temple of Someshwar at Kharsali, 1 km across the river from Jankichatti. This is one of the oldest and finest temple in the region and worth visiting place.


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