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.
Apr - Nov
Yamunotri Dham Opening Date 2023: 22-April-2023
Yamunotri Dham closing Date 2023: 15-Nov-2023
Yamunotri has pleasant weather from Apr till October except for monsoon as there is a problem of landslides & road blockages.
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.
|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)|
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.
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.
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.
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
Yamunotri Dham is located above 11000 ft above sea level. In summers, the weather remains pleasant and night could be chilly, so carry light woolens in May-June. In winter, the temperature drops to the freezing point, so it is better to carry heavy woolens & jackets.
Yes, it is safe to travel to Yamunotri Dham. From May-June & Sept-Oct is the perfect & safe time to visit Yamunotri. Avoid Yatra on a rainy & monsoon time because it increases the chances of landslides and road blockage.
September-November is the best time to visit Yamunotri Dham. At this time the weather remains pleasant, you have not to wait for hours in a queue, accommodations are easily available, all these things make the yatra easy and hassle-free.
Currently, the road conditions are not very good because of the ‘All-weather road project’ whereas, the trek routes are in good condition from Janki Chatti to Yamunotri.
In the Yamunotri Dham, no such high-class accommodation is available, but you can take a halt in Janki Chatti, Phool Chatti, Barkot, where some decent deluxe accommodation is available.
Morning 6:00 AM to evening 8:00 you can do the darshan of Goddess Yamuna.
Sapat Rishi Kund is the original source of Yamuna River, feb by Champasar Glacier located in the upper part of Bandarpunch Mountain.
The trek is of moderate level which is approx 7-10 km from the Yamunotri Temple. This trek is perfect for those trekkers who are looking for higher trekking expeditions. On the way of Saptrsihi Kund trek, you can witness a variety of flora in which some plants/flowers have medicinal qualities. But make sure don’t touch them until you have proper knowledge about that, because some plants & flowers are extremely poisonous.
The view after the trek is extremely fascinating, the trail is not very explored, that's why it is unaffected. The Kund (lake) is in the pearl blue in color which is surrounded by several Himalayan Peaks like Bandarpunch, Champasar glacier, etc.
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