Yamunotri – The Origin of Yamuna
Yamunotri, the origin of Yamuna river originates from the Yamunotri glacier, it is one of the Char Dham of Uttarakhand. Yamunotri is located at a height of 3293 meters(12,972 ft) above sea level in the Uttarkashi district. It is surrounded by mountains all around and lies close to the Indo – China border.
Bandarpunch mountain is on the northern side of Yamunotri which is at a height of 6315 meters. Yamunotri is 236 Km away from Rishikesh, 238 Km from Dehradun and 176 Km from Chamba.
Mythology and History about Yamunotri
Ancient legends said that once upon a time Asit Muni had his hermitage there, All his life, he bathed in Ganga and Yamuna daily. During his old age, they were unable to go to Gangotri. After that, the steam of the Ganges appeared opposite Yamunotri for him. The temple generally opens on the auspicious day of Akshay Tritiya which falls during the last week of April month.
How to reach the Yamunotri Travel route?
The trek to Yamunotri temple is a full-day journey, with a walk of 6 Km from Hanuman Chatti and 4 Km from Janki Chatti. The trek is dominated by dense forests and peaks. You can take horses and ponies at rent to make your trek easier. The climate of Yamunotri is so harsh, so it is prefered to carry heavy or light woollens together whenever travelling to Yamunotri.
- Temperature: 9(Max) and 3(Min)
- Location: Uttarkashi, Garhwal
- Stay(Recommended): 1 Day
- Nearest Railway Station: Dehradun(186 Km)
- Nearest Airport: Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun
- Famous for: Yamunotri Temple, Char Dham and Treks
- Best time to visit: May, June, September, October and November