Yamunotri is sacred place as the origin place of The River Yamuna.  One of four sacred pilgrims of Uttarakhand. It is located at north of Uttarkashi district in Uttarakhand, India. The temple was built by Amar Singh Thapa, Gurkha general in 18th century. Later the temple was damaged & renovated by Maharani Guleria of Jaipur in the 19th century. The source of Yamuna River lies in the Yamunotri Glacier which is at a height of 6,387 metres (20,955 ft) near the Bandarpunch peaks. 

The Yamontri temple remains close in winter for 06 months as the place is covered with snow.  The statue of divine Goddess Yamontri is shifted to Kharsali which is winter seat of Goddess where regular Pooja & Aarti is offered to Goddess.  The Yamunotri temple opens every year on the auspicious day of the Akshaya Tritya, which generally falls during the last week of April, or the first week of May.

Places to visit near the Yamontri Temple:

  • Saptarishi Kund: It is situated at an altitude of 4421 meters. Saptarishi Kund is regarded as the origin place of Yamuna River. 
  • Surya Kund: There are many hot water springs & among them Surya Kund is most sacred to pilgrimage. Pilgrims cook rice and potatoes in this Kund after tie it in the cloth & & take it as Prasad after cooking it.
  • Divya Shilla is a rock pillar located near to Surya Kund. Pilgrims before entering Yamunotri temple perform Pooja here.

How to reach to Yamunotri:

  • Nearest railway station to Yamunotri is Rishikesh located at distance of 200 Kms approx.
  • Jolly Grant airport is closest airport which is 210 Kms approx.
  • For Yamunotri temple, the trek of 06 Kms from Jankichatti to Yamunotri temple need to be done. Before Jankichatti drive option available.  

Yamunotri distance by Surface:
Delhi – Yamunotri – 420 Kms (approx)
Bareilly - Yamunotri - 485 Kms (approx)
Lucknow - Yamunotri – 740 Kms (approx) 
Chandigarh - Yamunotri – 290 Kms (approx)
Shimla – Yamunotri – 260 Kms (approx) 

Best time to visit Yamunotri:
Apr - Nov
Yamunotri has pleasant weather from Apr till October except monsoon as there are problem of landslides & road blockages.

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