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The shrine of Yamunotri, source of river Yamuna is situated in the direction opposite to Gangotri and the road bifurcates and goes to Yamunotri from Dharasu, a place between Rishikesh - Uttarkashi.
Another 55 km away is Barkot, affording a fabulous view of the Banderpunch Range. Barkot is also approachable by road directly from Delhi (334 km ) via Saharanpur, Harbartpur, Nainbagh and Naugaon.8 km from Barkot is Gangani, a place of pilgrimage, on the left bank of Yamuna.

The holy tank here is called Gangayan Kund. Water from the tank is taken for puja purposes to the opposite village of Than, housing the imposing temple of Rishi Jamdagni. 2 kms. from Gangani is Kharadi a place known for its roaring waterfall.
The motorable road continues till Jankichatti via Syanachatti, Ranachatti and Hanumanchatti, 50 km from Barkot. From Jankichatti its is a 5 km trek to yamunotri for which ponies,dandies and kandies (baskets for carrying children) are also available.

The temple of Yamunotri falls on the left bank and was originally constructed by Maharaj Pratap Shah of Tehri Garhwal. Near the temple are three hot springs. The most important, Surya Kund, is a tank full of boiling water into which rice and potatoes are dipped to be cooked and taken as "prasad".
Near the Kund, a rock slab, the "Divya Shila" is worshipped before puja is offered to the black marble idol of Yamuna. The shrine of Yamunotri is one of the "four dhams" of Uttarakhand.

The source of Yamuna lies above 1 km. ahead at an altitude of about 4421 meters. The approach is extremely difficult and pilgrims therefore offer puja at the temple itself.Pilgrims can find accommodation in the houses belonging to the "Pandas" or the sole Dharamshala. On the way one can stay at Janaki Chatti 8 kms. from Hanuman Chatti. There are tourist bangalow, PWD and Forest Rest Houses and Dharamshalas.

History of Yamunotri

History of Yamunotri temple is rich with significance and appeal of Hindu Mythology. Yamuna is the consort of Lord Shri Krishna; Gokula being the divine abode of the Lord as the home of Yamuna. It is widely believed that the river Yamuna first went around Shri Krishna before descending down to earth obeying Lords order. River Yamuna is called ‘Kalindi’ as she touches the peak of Kalindi. Yamunotri temple has gone through a lot of demolition and destruction. Yamunotri Temple was built by Maharani Gularia of Jaipur in the 19th century. Though the originally built Yamunotri temple was Destroyed and a new temple was built in its place. The temple was restructured by maharaja pratap shah of tehri garhwal. Very close to the temple is the hot sulphur spring pond where devotees crowd with cooked potato and rice to offer to goddess yamunotri.

How to reach Yamunotri

Nearest airport is Jollygrant in Dehradun, which is 196 km away from Yamunotri. Jollygrant airport, Dehradun is connected to Delhi airport. Taxi services are available from airport to Yamunotri and it costs about Rs 3800. Delhi is the nearest international airport which is 495 km away. Delhi is well connected to all major cities in India and many cities abroad.
Airports near Yamunotri Type Arial Distance
Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun (DED) Domestic 188.91
Shimla Airport (SLV) Domestic 497.79
Indira Gandhi Intl Airport, Delhi (DEL) International 30.17
Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Intl Airport, Kolkata (CCU) International 128
Nearest railway station is Dehradun, which is nearly 172 km away from Yamunotri. This station is connected to all cities in India. Taxi services are available from Dehradun to Yamunotri, costing about Rs 3500.
The road to Yamunotri diverts from Rishikesh-Gangotri road at Dharasu.

Distance from Yamunotri to major cities
Cities Distance in KM
Yamunotri to Haridwar : 260
Yamunotri to Rishikesh : 230
Yamunotri to Mussoorie : 170
Yamunotri to Uttarkashi : 130

Best time to visit Yamunotri
May to June
September to October.

Climate of Yamunotri
Min Max
Summers 20 °C 6 °C
Winters Sub Zero Snowbound

STD Code of Yamunotri

Hindi, English & Garhwali .
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