Yamunotri is the origin of river Yamuna. It is the birthplace of Goddess Yamuna in Hindu culture. The place is situated at an altitude of 3293mt in the Garhwal Himalayas, approximately 30km north of Uttarkashi with its boundless and sky-touching mountains peaks, unrestrained waters of Yamuna & glaciers. It is one of the pilgrimage sites in the Chota Char Dham Yatra in Uttarakhand.
A short guide to the journey of Yamunotri Dham from Delhi
Day 0: Start your journey from Delhi at sharp 4.00 am in the morning toward the dev Bhoomi Uttarakhand. Our first destination is Haridwar.
Day 1: Reach Haridwar early in the morning and check in to your Hotel. Explore Mansadevi-Chandidevi Temples by ropeway and enjoy the evening at Har ki Pauri for Ganga / Arti / Darshan.
Day 2: Start your journey from Haridwar to Barkot and you can rest at Kempty Fall on the road near Mussoorie. Later in the evening check in at the Barkot hotel or Janaki Chatti Hotel.
Day 3: Move towards Janaki Chatti, the foundation of Yamunotri. The trek begins along the River Yamuna to the Temple of Yamunotri. After a visit to the temple, go back to Janki Chatti and drive back to your hotel.
Day 4: Pack your Bags & start moving to Delhi
Detailed Guide Tour to Yamunotri Dham
Day 0: Delhi to Haridwar
Time : 4-5 hrs
Distance: 180 Kms
Start your journey toward Haridwar. Try to leave early in the morning to avoid city traffic jams. Take Merrut highway from Delhi via Ghaziabad. The highway from Ghaziabad to Merrut is very good and have a lot of food option available.
Day 1: Explore Haridwar
Things to cover:
1.Hai Ki Pauri
2.Mansa Devi Temple
3.Chandi Devi Temple
After reaching Haridwar, go and have a spiritual bath in the holy river Ganga. After doing that you can go for darshan of Mata Mansa Devi Temple. You can opt Cable car route or you can also do trek toward the mandir. The cable car fees are around 120 INR. If you prefer trekking then it will take around 1.5 hrs. After doing that go and have some lunch. There are lots of restaurants there where you can enjoy lunch.
After having lunch, go and explore the Chandi Devi temple which is 7km away from Mansa Devi temple. You can go there from your personal transport also because of the parking facility available. Here also you can opt trekking also or by cable car also. But in my preference here you can prefer trekking if you are a trek lover.
After doing darshan of both the temple, go and check in to your hotel and have some rest. In the evening come to Har Ki Pauri ghat of Haridwar and enjoy beautiful Ganga Aarti.
Day 2: Haridwar to Jankichatti
Time Taken: 8-10 hrs
Distance: 221 km
Start your travel from Haridwar and avoid the traffic jam of cities. Reach Jankichatti via Rishikesh-Dehradun-Mussoorie-Barkot. While your travel to Jankichatti you can also enjoy the kempty Fall in Mussoorie which lies on the same route. After having fun in the kempty fall go & have some lunch because after that you will not get good food options. So it’s better to have lunch here. Keep in mind that you do not do overeating because you can do vomiting as there are very dangerous turns on the roads. Reach Jankichatti in the evening and check in to your hotel.
Day 3: Jankichatti – Yamunotri -Jankichatti
Time taken: 5-6 hrs
Distance: 12 kms
You’ll have breakfast and continue your trek to Yamunotri Temple early in the morning. The trek to Yamunotri Temple from Janki Chatti is a 6kms trek and is supported by facilities such as water points, benches and resting places along the routes. You can have tea in the little tea stalls along the way. It will take around 2-3hrs to enter the temple of Yamunotri. You must trek through white snow, thick forests, wild flora and fauna, and interesting streams and lakes. The snow-covered Himalayas surround you as you step forward. Although the distance is not difficult, it does include some steepness and can be tiring. However, once you enter the temple of Yamunotri and take part in the mesmerizing scene around you, you will feel extremely happy and calm. You can attend a puja ceremony at Yamunotri Temple, have lunch, and explore the place. You’re going to go back to Janki Chatti on the same day and stay there for the night.
Day 4: Janki Chatti – Delhi
You’ll return to Delhi today. Before leaving for Delhi, you can explore Janki Chatti. However, ensure that you leave early for Delhi as it will take around 12hrs to reach Delhi.
Travel Tips for Yamunotri Dham
1. Yamunotri is a beloved religious town that holds deep spiritual significance to the devotees. Maintain the sanctity of the place by avoiding alcohol and non-vegetarian food.
2. With an altitude of more than 3,200 meters, the weather with Yamunotri remains cold throughout the year. Carry enough woolen when you visit the area.
3. Tourists and pilgrims should inquire about the weather and the road conditions, particularly during the monsoons, before planning their visit to the shrine of Yamunotri. Incessant rain also closes roads and disrupts traffic.
4. Due to religious beliefs, photography inside the temple, particularly within the sanctum sanctorum, may be prohibited.
Some Mythology about Yamunotri
1. The Yamunotri Temple is assigned to the goddess Yamuna, the iconification of the second most sacred river in India, the Yamuna River. Goddess Yamuna is the twin sister of Yama, the God of Death, and is believed to be the child of Surya Dev, the god of the light, and Sanghya, the goddess of Perception. In the Vedas, the goddess Yamuna called Yami, the Lady of Life.
2. Kalind Parvat, the mountain peak adjacent to the source of the Yamuna River, is named after Surya Dev. Surya Dev is also known as Kalind and Kalind Parvat. The Yamuna is also referred to as Kalindi.
3. People say that Lord Hanuman after burning Lanka extinguished the fire from his tail in the icy waters of Yamuna at Banderpooch. Hence the peak is called Bander (monkey) Pooch (tail).
4. Devotees believe that taking a dip in the holy waters of Yamuna washes out their fear of death and relieves them of their sins. Pilgrims visit Yamunotri temple to seek the blessings of Goddess Yamuna, Yama, Surya Dev, and Goddess Sanghy.
Places to See near Yamunotri
A hot bed of hot springs and trekking, Janki Chatti is Hanuman Chatti’s sister and serves as an alternate base for hiking to Yamunotri. The hot springs here are Janki Chatti’s greatest attraction. Surrounded by large mountains on all sides and located at an altitude of 2700 metres, Janki Chatti is a special place of devotion and relaxation.
While here, you can check the explorer in you, rest and relax in the hot springs, and enjoy the beauty of the gigantic mountains all day long.
Hanuman Chatti, the base camp for some of the most thrilling and popular hiking trails in the Himalayan Mountains, is a spot of profound scenic beauty. It serves as a base for hiking to Yamunotri, Dodi Tal, and Darwa Peak, making it a center for trekking in the state. It is situated at an altitude of around 2,400 meters, at the confluence of the Hanuman Ganga River and the Yamuna River.
Hanuman Chatti is the base camp for the famous Char Dham Yatra in Yamunotri and is also renowned for offering some great treks to the nearby peaks. Located in the breathtaking surroundings of the Mighty Himalayan Mountains, Hanuman Chatti is a perfect place for relaxation and adventure.
This hot water spring is dedicated to the God of the Sun, believed to be the father of Yamuna. This also consists of a hot spring with a temperature of 1900 F. Devotees also placed rice and potatoes in a cotton cloth and dip it in the water to be cooked. This cooked food is then sent to the temple.
A famous natural lake at an altitude of 4421 meters, it is considered to be the origin of Yamuna. You can walk 10 km from Yamunotri, ideally with a guide. You’ll also see a lot of rare birds and glaciers on your journey.
Just off Janki Chatti is Kharsali, a lovely picnic spot dotted with a variety of thermal springs, waterfalls, and rolling meadows lined with oaks and conifers. Lord Shiva, in the form of Someshwar, inhabits an ancient 3-story temple with exquisite woodwork and stone carvings.