Yamunotri, located in Uttarakhand, is one of the most significant religious places for devotees. Thronged by hundreds of devotees annually, it is one of the four sites of India’s “Chhota Char Dham” pilgrimage. Situated in the Garhwal Himalayas, this city is the source of the Yamuna river. The main attractions here are the temples devoted to Goddess Yamuna and the holy thermal springs at Janki Chatti, both for tourists and devotees. Wrapped in snow for a major part of the year, the area has several hot water springs, where devotees take a "holy dip" and worship the goddess. The temple only opens on the day of ‘Akshaya Tritya’ – in the last week of April or first week of May – and closes on the day of Diwali. Yamunotri is on an average elevation of about 4,000 metres. Trains only go up to to the town of Rishikesh and motorable roads only till Janaki Chatti, after which you will have to set out on a day-long trek to reach Yamunotri. The trekking route is picturesque with gushing mountain streams, boulders, waterfalls and hot springs surrounded by dense forests over mountainous terrain, but it is a little tricky. Do research a little bit about what you should and shouldn't carry lest you face trouble during your journey.
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Day 4 and 5Yamunotri to Uttarkashi (halt)to GangothriUttarkashi is the holy town set on the banks of Bhagirathi River at an elevation of 1158 meters. This town is the starting point for Treks to Nachiketa Tal, Dodi Tal, Dayara Bugyal (bugyal, a high-altitude meadow) Sat Tal, Kedar Tal, Gangotri-Gaumukh-Nandanvan Tapovan.Visited sacred Vishwanath Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva . There is a trident made of eight imperative metals. According to Hindu Mythology, Lord Shiva slaughtered Vakasur with his Trishul at this sacred place. The Nehru Institute of Mountaineering set up here imparts mountaineering training to young people . Evening, we walked through 1 km long tunnel that connects 2 parts of town , purchased varieties of pahadi fruits (from a Kannadiga vendor!) and had sumptuous buffet dinner at the hotel.Early morning on day 5 at 5.30 A.M, all of us were out to make the awaited trip to Gangotri. The road to Gangotri passes through Maneri, Bhatwari, Gangnani and Harsil. Thoroughly enjoying the scenery with swooping ranges and gazing changing facets of Bhagirathi as she makes her way across the Himalayas, we reached Gangotri at 10.00 am. The road is very bad after Gangnani, it is quite dangerous also, a driver must be very cautious on this route. Flowing Bhagirathi, green valleys with cedar and pine trees kept company through- out our journey. Gomukh glacier becomes visible as we approach Gangotri.