Yamunotri Tourism, Uttarakhand

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About Yamunotri - Uttarakhand Tourism

Yamunotri, the source of the Yamuna River, is situated at an altitude of 3,615 meters in the Garhwal Himalayas.  This beautiful town is full of natural beauty and charm, and provides a breath taking view to tourists. Yamunotri lies in the panoramic surroundings of Himalayas, surrounded by snow covered peaks. Located about 30 km North of Uttarkashi, it is the westernmost shrine, perched atop a flank of Bandar Poonch Parvat. Yamunotri is also prefered by trekkers and climbers, as the route to the town provides picturesque view of peaks, valleys and green forests. 

Yamunotri is part of the northern Char Dham circuit that includes Gangotri, Badrinath and Kedarnath.  Thousands of devotees and travelers come to visit the sacred shrine of Yamunotri every month from May to October. The main tourist attraction of Yamunotri is the temple dedicated to the Goddess Yamuna and the holy thermal springs at Janki Chatti. According to religious belief, Yamuna river is the sister of Yama, the god of death and it is said that a pilgrim who takes dip in Yamuna river gets painless death. 

The original source of Yamuna is actually a frozen lake of ice and glacier (Champasar Glacier), which is located  1 km away from Yamunotri Temple on the Kalind Mountain at an elevation of 4,421 m. The path to the source is  extremely difficult to reach, therefore, pilgrims offer 'puja' at the temple itself. The path to Yamunotri is a difficult one that needs a full day trek and travelers are provided help by locals includes horses etc. to reach the destination. The town is completely covered in snow during the winters and is only open during the summers for tourists. The temple of Yamunotri is normally the first point to start the Char Dham yatra by tourists. 

History of Yamunotri - Uttarakhand Tourism

As per mythological belief, the birth place of the Yamuna is the Champasar Glacier (4,421 m) just below the Banderpoonch Mountain. Yamuna is said to be the daughter of the Sun god and consciousness, (Surya and Sangya). Kalind Parvat (adjacent to the river source) is dedicated to Sun God - father of Yamuna.

Yamunotri temple is constructed by Maharaja Pratap Shah of Tehri Garhwal. It is said that this temple was destroyed twice by landslides and was reconstructed in the 19th and again in 20th century. As per legendary belief, ancient sage - Asit Muni had his hermitage here. It is said that Asit Muni bathed daily both in the Ganges and the Yamuna. During his old age, he became unable to go to Gangotri, so a stream of the Ganges appeared opposite Yamunotri for him.

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