Yamunotri, the source of the river Yamuna, is the westernmost shrine in the Garhwal Himalayas, located on a flank of the Bandarpunch peak. The trek along the riverbank is quite magnificent, dominated by a wide panorama of mountains. It is said that the temple of Yamunotri was built by Maharani Gularia of Jaipur in the last decade of the 19th century.In 1923 this was destroyed, with only the idols left, and was rebuilt. It was once again damaged in 1982. A hot water pool at Yamunotri is used for the preparation of "PRASAD" normally rice and potatoes, cooked by dipping them in the hot water, tied in cloth bags.
General Information of Yamunotri
Best season : May-June and September-October.
Altitude: 3322 Metres.
Temp (deg. c) : Summer Max 20, Min 6,
Winter Max Sub-zero, Min Snow-bound.
Languages spoken: Hindi, Garhwali, English
Banks: State Bank of India has a branch in Barkot
Police Station: At Hanuman Chatti.
Access to Yamunotri
Air : Airport Jolly Grant, 17 km from Rishikesh & 24 km from Dehradun and 196 km from Yamunotri via Dehradun.
Rail : The nearest convenient Railway Station is Haridwar-244 km and Dehradun-172 km.
Road : Yamunotri is easily approached from Rishikesh (222Kms), Saharanpur and Dehradun-172 km.
Regular bus services of Samyukt Rotation Yatayat Vyavastha Samiti operate from Rishikesh to Yamunotri.
Route from Rishikesh to Yamnotri (via Dharasu)
Rishikesh-Dharasu 118 kms,
Barkot 178 kms,
Sayanchatti 206 kms,
Hanumanchatti 213 kms,
Jankichatti 221 kms
Yamunotri 227 kms.
Distance between Janakichatti and Yamunotri (14 kms) has to be covered on foot.
Mussoorie, Kempty Falls, Yamuna bridge, Damta, Kunwa, Naugaon.
Local Transport in Yamunotri
Ponies and porters are available from Hanuman Chatti (Yamunotri is 14 Kms on foot from here).
Places of Interest in Yamunotri
Yamunotri stands in the shadow of Banderpunch Mountain (6315 Metres). Its various places of tourist Interest include the Temple of Yamunotri, Surya Kund, A hot water spring and Divya Shila.
Sayanchatti (29 Kms),
Hanumanchatti (14 Kms)