Yamunotri Tourism – Travel Guide to Yamunotri
|Religion:||Hinduism 100 %|
|Elevation:||3,291 m (10,797 ft)|
|Language:||Hindi and Garhwali|
Weather: 13° C - 2° C
Ideal Duration: 2-3 Days
Best Time: May-Jun
Nearest Airport: Dehradun
Yamunotri Temple is located within the scenic and incredibly peaceful surroundings of the district of Uttarkashi. Set against the magnificent backdrop of a cascading waterfall, rolling green hills and an omnipresent feeling of spirituality Yamunotri Temple marks the first reachable point from where the holy river of Yamuna emerges. The temple itself seems like a very stark contrast with its brightly colored exteriors and sits elegantly on a plank of the Bandarpoonch Parvat. Inside the Temple one can offer their prayer to the black, glistening triangular stone form of goddess Yamuna, which cannot be found commonly anywhere in India.
Reaching the temple is quite a challenging task since it is only accessible by foot or any other alternative and the pilgrims are expected to cover a trekking journey of around 8 km starting from Janki Chatti – the final road head for Yamunotri. The temple also holds a lot of significance since technically and according to the customs and Hindu traditions, one must begin their Char Dham journey from Yamunotri i.e. from east to west. During the peace season, Yamunotri Tourism observes a massive boost of pilgrims from various different part of the world looking to offer their prayer to the goddess and attain their moksha.
Yamunotri offers a wholesome experience for every traveler, explorer, pilgrim, and even peace seeker. There are many options where one can go and relax for a vacation with your family, friends and loved ones.
Adventure seekers visit the glacier and the famous Saptarishi Kund which is located beyond the temple and makes for the perfect offbeat adventure experience and can be found in Yamunotri Travel Guide as well. When the temple opens for Darshan for a period of 6 months the entire pilgrim town springs to life however as the closing of the temple nears around the time of winter season everything gets snow-covered and accessibility is ceased.
The value of this temple was recognized and revived by the late 8th-century philosopher, seer and sage Adi Shankaracharya, who then re-established this temple as a prominent pilgrimage shrine and ever since then pilgrims and devotees flock here to offer their prayer or to commence their holy Yatra Journey. However, later on, the temple was crushed and devastated as a result of an earthquake but the generous queen of Jaipur around that time took it upon her to remake the temple which we now see and visit.
The Temple is filled with numerous historical accounts and mythological instances which adds value to the significance and prominence of this place. Devotees from across the globe make it a point to complete this holy Char Dham Yatra on the Garhwal Himalayas at least once in a lifetime. Placed on the higher reaches, home of goddess Yamuna and unparalleled scenic beauty one can feel closer not only to the Lord but also to natural beauty and o yourself as well. Exploring this place is sure a treat for everyone who is curious by nature and wish to push their horizon.
Placed on an elevation of around 3,291 metres above sea level in the remotest part of the district of Uttarkashi, this temple marks the place from where Yamuna River emerges. Located on the bank this ancient temple the presiding deity here is goddess Yamuna and also functions as the starting point of the holy Chhota Char Dham Yatra that takes place annually and is attended by a huge throng of devotees from all over the world. The temple is set against the majestic backdrop of cascading waterfalls and lush rolling hills through which a path of 7 km leads up to the temple making it the only way of reaching up to the temple.
The temple itself is laced in a deep web of mysticism and mythology which makes it one of the rarest places for Hindu worship. The temple has found its mention in various Hindu holy and mythological books which keeps this place of worship at a prominent pedestal. Within the temple, one could offer their prayer to the gleaming black triangular shaped idol of the goddess. It is placed on the flank of the holy and pious Bandarpooch Parvat which has its own significance in Hinduism. Apart from its religious and obvious spiritual value Yamunotri Dham has now developed into a prominent adventure holiday destination.
The area is marked by the massive, jagged landscape that frames the entire area and gives it a peaceful, scenic and spiritual vibe. the primary source of Yamuna river can be traced up to the Champasar Glacier which is located a couple of kilometers beyond the temple but is unreachable, unlike the Gaumukh Glacier which is the source of Bhagirathi river.
Apart from this the place gives you the opportunity to explore the deeper reaches of the Garhwal Himalayan region and enables you to know more about the incredible historical account of our belief system.
This ancient holy abode of goddess Yamuna is nestled amidst the deep lush valleys and the bright stark temple is said to have been constructed by the king of Tehri in 1839. According to the various Hindu scriptures and texts, the temple marks the place where sage as it is said to have set up his hermitage and from here used to take bath both in Yamuna and Ganga as well. It was during the 8th century when prominent sage and philosopher Adi Shankaracharya, came to Yamunotri and re-established the temple as a serious place of pilgrimage.
Apart from the temple people should spend some quality time in the surrounding regions and explore the lesser-known places boasting of bountiful natural beauty, peace, and serenity with their family, friends and loved ones. Some interesting places to explore in and around Yamunotri include the famous Surya Kund, Charan Paduka, Divya Shila and numerous soothing naturally occurring hot water springs. No matter where you go you will be filled with a deep sense of peace, happiness and respect for nature and the higher spiritual power above and leave with a new travel chapter in your life.
The holiday packages for Yamunotri offer you the opportunity to explore this ancient place of worship for goddess Yamuna. The packages for Yamunotri are available at the most reasonable rates and take you on one of the holiest journeys on the hills of a lifetime. Explore the hidden gems, thermal springs and the remarkable beauty it holds with your family and loved ones. Club the Yamunotri Dham Yatra with any other Dham visit to create Do Dham or Teen Dham Yatra experience which is truly one of the best ways of exploring the divinity this place holds.
Things to Do
There are numerous things to do once you are in Yamunotri that range from spiritual to adventure related activities. People from all over the world visit Yamunotri Dham temple as a part of the Chhota Char Dham Yatra pilgrimage while some people seek peace or even indulge in fun trekking and hiking adventure in and around the region. From taking a dip in the thermal springs to hiking your way up to Charan Paduka and of course offering your Darshan at the temple of Yamunotri. There is literally so many things to do here that you won’t get bored even for a single day.