The holy town ?Yamunotri? is situated in the state of Uttarakhand which is naturally blessed with nature beauty. Yamunotri town is the home of Yamunotri Shrine which is dedicated to Goddess Yamuna. She is the daughter of God SUN and sister of God Yama (the god of death). The temple is situated at an elevation of 3294 meters above the sea level. The beautiful Yamuna River is famous for its thermal spring and glacier which makes it an important stopover. The temple is one of the chardham and thousands of devotes visit Yamunotri every year. It is surrounding by mountains from all sides with nature beauty. The temple opens on the day of Akashya Tritiya and closes after two days of Diwali on the day of bhai duj. Champasar Glacier is the origion point of Yamunotri River and the Glacier is situated at a distance of 1 km from Yamunotri Shrine but the trek is quite difficult to reach. The temple has a great story it is believed that the town was the home of a Great sage ?Asti Muni?. He used to take a holy dip in the water of Ganga River but when he become old and unable to reach, then the Goddess Ganga was appeared in front of Muni Asti in the opposite side of Yamuna River. Yamunotri is one of Chardham and the starting point of Yatra. You can enjoy a full day trek to reach Yamunotri Temple 6 km trek from Hanuman Chatti and 4 km trek from Janki Chatti. The temperature is low down throughout the year and the major parts of peaks are covered by snow. Apart from the Yamunotri Temple there is an important major attraction like Surya Kund, Divya shila, Hanuman chatty, Janki chatty, Saptarishi Kund, Kharsali, Barkot etc. Kharsali is the winter seat of Goddess Yamuna. During the winters when the roads are blocked due to heavy snowfall and unable to reach the temple then the idol of Goddess is transferred to Kharsali for the next six months. Jolly Grand Airport is the nearest Airport and Rishikesh and Dehradun is the nearest railhead. Taxies and Buses are easily available from Dehradun or Rishikesh to Hanuman Chatti. Yamunotri is not directly connected with motorable roads. During the winters when the roads are blocked, the idol of Goddess Yamuna is transferred to Kharsali for the next six months. The Kharsali village is the winter seat of Goddess Yamuna. Goddess Yamuna is the sister of Yama and it is believed that take a bath in the water of Yamuna River reduced the painful and unnatural death. Vegetarian foods are easily available here. May to October is the best month for visit but don?t forget to carry heavy woolen clothes during the trip.
Attractions Near Yamunotri Dham Yatra
? Janki Chatti is popular for its hot water spring, situated at a distance of 3 km from yamunotri.
? Hanuman Chatti is the place where you can see the confluence of Hanuman Ganga and Yamuna River.
? Surya kund is dedicated to God Sun, it is the natural hot water spring which is situated near the Yamuna Temple. The Devotees boil the potato and rice in the water and then it is offered to the temple deity and takes it as a Prasad.
? Divya Shila is a beautiful rock pillar which is situated at a high of 3000 meters.
? Saptarishi Kund is natural lake and it is believed that it is the place where Yamuna is originate.
? Kharsali is the winter seat of Goddess Yamuna and a beautiful village which is perfect for a lovely picnic.
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