revered shrine of Yamunotri, source of the shadow of the 6,315 mts.
high Bandarpunchh mountain.
It constitutes one of the four most important pilgrimages, collectively
called 'Char Dham' of the Garhwal
Legend has it that a sage, Asit Muni, used to reside at this secluded
spot in ancient times. The chief attraction at Yamunotri is the
temple devoted to goddess Yamuna and the holy thermal springs at
Jankichatti (7 km Away).
source of the Yamuna lies a further km. Ahead at an altitude of
approximately 4421 mts. Since the approach is extremely difficult,
pilgrims usually offer obeisance at the temple itself.
present temple was constructed by Maharani Gularia of Jaipur in
the nineteenth century.
For reaching Yamunotri, one has to undertake a 220 km journey
from Rishikesh to Hanumanchatti,
where the motorable road ends. The remaining 13 km journey has to
be covered on foot or on ponies, the rates of which are fixed before
the start of every Yatra season.
temple remains closed during the winter months of Nov. to April.