Yamunotri is the first of the Chardhams in the Chota Chardham Circuit. Yamunotri Dham is perched at an elevation of 3293 meters above the sea level and falls within Uttarakhand’s Uttarkashi district. Yamunotri Dham is a revered temple that belongs to Goddess Yamuna. Yamunotri Dham is also considered as the sacred source of River Yamuna, a dip in which frees one from the mortal fear of painful death. Planning a trip for Yamunotri may require one to be knowledgeable about certain vital guidelines pertaining to the trip. Go through this Yamunotri Temple Travel Guide to learn more-
The top places to visit in and around Yamunotri Include-
The ancient temple of Yamunotri is a temple that dates back to the 19th century. Maharani Gulariya, the Jaipur Queen took the initiative to construct the temple. The temple is an abode of Goddess Yamuna, sister of God Yama. The temple enshrines silver statues of Goddess Yamuna and God Yama.
Divya Shila is a rock pillar located in close proximity to Yamunotri temple. Devotees prior to entering the premises of the temple of Yamunotri offer their first puja at this sacred rock pillar.
Kharsali is a scenic village about 1km away from Yamunotri. Travelers find Kharsali as an ideal location for a picnic amid the spell-bounding beauties of nature.
Surya Kund is a thermal spring located close to Yamunotri temple. The waters of the thermal spring are as hot as 880-degrees Centigrade. Rice and potato can be boiled quite effectively by tying up the ingredients in a muslin cloth and dipping it into the waters of Surya Kund. Prasad of boiled potato and rice is offered at the temple of Yamunotri before the deity of Goddess Yamuna.
How to Reach
Yamunotri Dham could be reached by road, rail plus airways. If you wish to avail the rail route, you need to travel by train to reach Dehradun or Rishikesh rail station. After reaching Dehradun station or Rishikesh station, you could hire a cab to take you to Hanuman Chatti, the base camp for 13km long Yamunotri trek. It takes approximate 9hours to drive from Dehradun to Hanuman Chatti. If you choose the airway, you could take a flight to the Jolly Grant Airport of Dehradun and then proceed towards Hanuman Chatti base camp by means of a cab/taxi. Frequent flights connect Jolly Grant Airport to all other major cities of the country. If you choose the road way, you could avail public or private bus services or cab services to Hanuman Chatti. Buses and Cabs ply between Hanuman Chatti and all major Uttarakhand cities such as Uttarkashi, Barkot, Rishikesh, Tehri, Dehradun.
When to Visit
You could visit Yamunotri temple between months April and June and then between months September and November. The temperatures during these months remain most soothing, bearable and travel-friendly.
Yamunotri experiences summer season during the months of April, May and June. The summer weather is pleasantly cool and maximum average temperatures are around 20-degree centigrade. Winters start from November and end in March. The weather is chilly and fiercely cold during that time. The entire region becomes snow-clad. Yamunotri receives monsoons around the months July and August. During that time, the area receives frequent showers and is becomes highly prone to landslides.
There are many accommodation options at Yamunotri such as guest houses, ashrams and small lodges. Lavish and luxurious facilities might not be available in these accommodations but you could consider these accommodations as quite affordable, average and decent stay options in a place as remote as Yamunotri.
The food available at Yamunotri is purely vegetarian. Non-vegetarian food items and alcoholic beverages are very strictly prohibited.