Yamunotri is also one of the four sites of Char Dham pilgrimage. Yamunotri is located at a height of 3293m above sea level and located in Uttarkashi district. It is surrounded by mountains on all sides and lies in close proximity of the Indo-China border. The Bandarpunch Mountain is at a height of 6315 m and lies north of Yamunotri.
The shrine at the Yamunotri temple made of black marble is being constructed by Maharaja Pratap Shah of Tehri Garhwal. The temple opens on Akshaya Tritiya in the month of May and closes on Yama Dwitiya (the next day of Diwali in November).
According to the legend ancient sage Asit Muni had his hermitage here. All his life, he bathed daily both in Ganga and Yamuna. Unable to go to Gangotri during his old age, a stream of Ganga appeared opposite Yamunotri for him.
Best time to visit Yamunotri
How to reach Yamunotri
By Air: The nearest airport is Jolly Grant, Dehradun.
By Train: Railway connectivity only upto Rishikesh. After that you have to avail of either private taxis or buses plying on the route. You will also find shared jeeps or similar vehicles from Haridwar or Rishikesh. The nearest railway stations are at Haridwar, Dehradun, Kotdwar and Kathgodam.
By Road: The best route to visit Yamunotri is via Dehardun and Barkot. Yamunotri is Well connected to Haridwar , Dehradun , Chamba, Tehri, Barkot, Hanuman Chatti and Janki Chatti.