The source of River Yamuna, Yamunotri is also one of the four sites of Char Dham pilgrimage. Yamunotri is located at a height of 3293m above sea level and located in Uttarkashi district. It is surrounded by mountains on all sides and lies in close the Indo-China border. The Bandarpunch Mountain is at a height of 6315 m and lies north of Yamunotri. The trek to Yamunotri temple is a full day one with a 6km walk from Hanuman Chatti and 4km from Janki Chatti. The trek is usually dominated by rugged peaks and dense forests. You can have horses and palanquins on rent. The Yamunotri temple is usually the first stop-over for the Char Dham Yatra. This temple is dedicated to Goddess Yamuna. Some of the prime attractions of Yamunotri are the Yamunotri Temple built by Maharani Guleria of Jaipur in the late nineteenth century. Rice and potatoes are cooked by pilgrims in this water. Devotees also pay respect to Divya Shila, a rock pillar just before entering the Yamunotri temple. Natural glaciers and hills surround Yamunotri attractively. The natural beauty of the place attracts a large number of sightseers as well. The Yamunotri shrine is located in a beautiful Himalayan valley. The temple stands in the foothills of Kalinda Parvata near the three hot water springs.
Popular Place to Visit in Yamunotri
Yamunotri Temple: Yamunotri Temple was constructed by Maharaja Pratap Shah of Tehri Garhwal. The temple opens on the auspicious day of Akshay Tritiya and closes on the second day after Diwali festival.
Janki Chatti: It is the midpoint of the trek to Yamunotri which is accessible by jeeps. Janki Chatti is situated 7kms before Yamunotri and this place is popular for thermal springs.
Divya Shilla: Divya Shilla is a rock pillar which is worshipped before entering the divine Yamunotri temple.
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