Yamunotri is the temple devoted to goddess Yamuna, point of
paramount religious importance for Hindus and an essential pilgrimage. And the
holy thermal springs is at Jankichatti (6 km. Away). The Shrine of Yamunotri,
source of river Yamuna is situated in the direction opposite to Gangotri , can
also be visited via Mussoorie and Barkot.
Yamunotri Altitude : 3,235 mts.
Climate : Summer: Cool during the day and cold at night.
Winter : Snow-bound touching sub-zero.
Clothing : Summer-Light woollens, Winter- Heavy woollens.
In the traditional Char-Dham Yatra this is the western most
shrine of the Himalayas dedicated to Goddess Yamuna, it is perched top flank of
the Bandar-Punch Peak 3165m & is situated opposite GANGOTRI-HILLS.Yamuna or
Yamuna"utri" is the source of the sacred river Yamuna originate from the
champasar glacier lying 1kms ahead of the shrine at an altitude of 4142m
Pilgrims usually do not visit the source as it is not easily accessible.
During Yatra (Summer and Winter) season,Yamunotri invites hordes
of tourists as well as pilgrims from across the globe. The sacred place finds
its mention and has an important place in the Hindu mythology. Hindus believe
that it is the site where resided the ancient sage named Asit Muni. Hot springs
closely located from Yamunotri are a must-see for every visitor. The hot water
of the springs is also used by devotees to prepare rice and potatoes to be
offered at the Yamunotri shrine.
Not only with devotees and pilgrims, Yamunotri also invites an
equal number of trekking enthusiasts from all over. A trekking tour to Yamunotri
is wonderfully complemented by picturesque scenery including rugged peaks,
gurgling streams and dense alpine forests. Trekkers can first undertake a
journey to Hanumanchatti and then they can set off on a 13-km-long trek up to
the pilgrimage site of Yamunotri. The trekking route from Dodital to Yamunotri
is much popular with adventure seekers.