Yamunotri Temple is a sacred pilgrimage site for Hindus located in Uttarakhand. Yamunotri is the origin of the holy river Yamuna and is situated at an altitude of 3293 meters above sea level on the Bandar Poonch mountain. Geographically, the Yamuna River originates from the Champasar glacier, located at an altitude of 4421 meters above sea level. This glacier is located about 1 km from the holy temple Yamunotri, where it is very difficult to reach. This destination is located near the Indo-China border. It takes a day to reach Yamunotri and the road passes through dense forests and uneven roads. Devotees can reach the temple with hired horses and mules.
Places Around Yamunotri
This region is located under the administrative division of Garhwal in the state of Uttarakhand. Yamunotri is one of the four important pilgrimages (known as Char Dham) for Hindus. Yamunotri Temple, the main attraction of this destination, is dedicated to the Yamuna, the Hindu river goddess Yamunotri.
Hot water fountains located on Janaki Chatti are also included in the main attractions of this region. Surya Kund is considered to be the most important hot water fountain. To prepare ‘Prasad’, rice and potatoes are cooked in a muslin cloth by immersing them in the boiling water of a hot spring. Kharsali is a small village located near Yamunotri.
There are many waterfalls, natural springs, and an ancient temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, the deity of the Hindus. Near the Yamunotri temple is a sacred slab of stone called ‘Divya Shila’ (in the literary sense – the slab of divine light). Devotees worship the divine rock before going to the Yamunotri temple.
On the way to the holy temple of Yamunotri, many tourists stop for a rest in the city of Barkot, which is located at a distance of 40 km from Dharasu. Apart from the beautiful apple orchards, the place is also famous for ancient temples. Also, a popular tourist spot near Yamunotri is Hanuman Chatti, which is a famous trekking site.
Best time to visit Yamunotri
The summer season in Yamunotri lasts between the months of April and July, and the monsoon rainfall is less. During the winter, the region receives heavy snowfall, and the temperature drops below zero. May-June and September-November are considered ideal for visiting Yamunotri.