Yamunotri is the source of the Yamuna River and the seat of the Goddess Yamuna in Hinduism . It is situated at an altitude of 3,293 metres (10,804 ft) in Garhwal Himalayas and located approximately 30 kilometers North of Uttarkashi Uttarakhand , India. It is one of the four sites in India’s Chhota Char Dham pilgrimage. The chief attraction at Yamunotri is the Yamunotri temple devoted to the Goddess Yamuna and the holy thermal springs at Janki Chatti (7 km. Away).Yamuna originates from the Champasar Glacier, which is located below Banderpoonch peak.The temple at Yamunotri is closed during winters —it closes on the Diwali day and reopens on the auspicious day of Akshaya Tritiya(April/May). For the interim the village of Kharsali is home to the idol.There are various religious places amid the pious surroundings of the Yamunotri Dham. Some of them are Surya Kund, Divya Shilla,Sapta Rishi Kund,etc.
Surya Kund is a hot water spring situated at near Yamunotri temple. The Surya Kund waterfall is a mesmerizing site for the visitors. The fall from height of the Bhagirathi River makes for a spectacular scene for the visitors.
Divya Shilla is a reddish-brown rock near the Surya Kund which needs to be worshipped before offering reverence to the main deity, Yamuna maa.According to Skanda Purana, with a mere touch of the sacred rock one can attain spiritual liberation.Saptarishi Kund is an ideal place for trekking.The rare Brahma Lotus grows here. The major tourist spots that come on the way to Yamunotri are Hanuman Chatti, Janki Chatti, Kharsali,Dodital,Dayara Bugyal,etc.Hanumanchatti act as a halting places for pigrims during their Char Dham Yatra. It is the starting point of both Yamunotri and Dodital Trek.
Janki Chatti surrounded by huge mountains from all sides is a unique place of devotion and relaxation and famous for natural thermal springs. Janki Chatti can only be visited in the period from April till October when the snow has cleared the roads that lead to the town and the temperatures are bearable.
Kharsali is among the best places for sightseeing around Yamunotri and is a popular picnic spot among the travellers because of its natural surroundings covered with natural springs and waterfalls.
The Dodital is a mysterious lake, and is beautifully enveloped by the dense woods of deodar, oak,etc.
The Dayara Bugyal is a wonderful 28 kilometer stretched land of lush green carpet. The major highlight of the place is a small natural lake, Barnala Tal.
Barkot is known for providing a perfect sight of the Banderpoonch peak along with various other Himalayan ranges. The place is also famous for its serene landscape.One can reach Yamunotri either by air,rail or road.
The Yamunotri temple opens on Akshaya Tritiya and closes on Yama Dwitiya (the second day after Diwali) for the winter. Thus Yamunotri is famous among tourist as Temple and Treks.
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