Overview of Yamunotri

Yamunotri is a sacred place as the origin place of The River Yamuna. One of four sacred pilgrims of Uttarakhand. It is located at the north of Uttarkashi district in Uttarakhand, India. The temple was built by Amar Singh Thapa, Gurkha general in the 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 meters (20,955 ft) near the Bandarpunch peaks.

The Yamunotri 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 the 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 Tritiya, which generally falls during the last week of April, or the first week of May.

Best time to visit Yamunotri:

Apr - Nov

Yamunotri Dham Opening Date 2024: 10-May-2024

Yamunotri Dham closing Date 2024: 3-Nov-2024

Yamunotri has pleasant weather from Apr till October except for monsoon as there is a problem of landslides & road blockages.

Places to See in Yamunotri

  • Saptarishi Kund: It is situated at an altitude of 4421 meters. Saptarishi Kund is regarded as the origin place of the 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: Divya Shilla is a rock pillar located near to Surya Kund. Pilgrims before entering Yamunotri temple perform Pooja here.

How to reach Yamunotri:

Nearest railway station to Yamunotri is Rishikesh located at a distance of 200 km approx.

Jolly Grant airport is the closest airport which is 210 km approx.

For Yamunotri temple, the trek of 06 Kms from Jankichatti to Yamunotri temple needs to be done. Before the 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)

Yamunotri Dham – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. How can I go to Yamunotri?

You can reach Haridwar/Rishikesh by both road & railway. Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest airport, well connected with regular flights from Delhi. Once you reach Rishikesh, you can book a direct cab to Janki Chatti. Other than this, you can also catch public transport like a bus or share a jeep early morning.

2. How difficult is Yamunotri Trek?

The Yamunotri Trek is approx 6 km long, starting from the Janki Chatti. The Trek is of easy level, not very steep, and it would take approx 3-4 hours.

3. How can I go to Yamunotri from Haridwar by bus?

The direct bus for Jankichatti is available from Rishikesh. The city is well-linked with other major cities by road & rails. Once you reach Rishikesh, you can catch a direct bus to Janki Chatti, which operates early morning, around 4-5 AM.

4. How far is Gangotri from Yamunotri?

Gangotri is 258 km from Yamunotri. From Yamunotri, you have first trek back to Jankichatti then visit Barkot, Uttarkashi, and then Gangotri.
Yamunotir - 6km - Jankichatti - 45 km - Barkot - 82Km - Uttarkashi - 100Km - Gangotri

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