Location : Uttarkashi District, western region of garhwal Himalayas, Uttarakhand
Dehradun city to Yamunotri – 165 kms (+ 5 km trekking from Janki chatti), Mussoorie to Yamunotri – 130 kms (+ 5 km trekking from Janki chatti), Uttarkashi to Yamunotri – 117 kms (+ 5 km trekking from Janki chatti), New tehri to Yamunotri – 188 kms (+ 5 km trekking from Janki chatti).
Altitude – 3293 meters
Ideal season: May – June, September – October.
Yamunotri temple is dedicated to Goddess Yamuna which is at an altitude of 10805 feet above sea level. It is a part of chota char dham yatra in uttarakhand and is the source of Yamuna River. The temple is located at the base of Kalind parvat and was originally constructed by Maharani Gulleria of Jaipur. River Yamuna has been consider as a divine mother for the Hindus and nourishes various parts of India from which it flows.
The main attraction of the temple are Surya kund and Divya shila. Before offering puja to the deity devotees worship Divya shila and prepare rice and potatoes by tying them in muslin cloth and dip them in surya kund. The deity is made of black marble. The cooked rice and potatoes are taken back home as prashad by devotees.
Every year the temple opens on the auspicious day of Akshaya Tritiya and closes in the sacred day of Diwali. Yamunotri Glacier is the actual source of Yamuna River which is at 20957 feet above sea level near Banderpunch peaks. The river crosses the state of Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and merges with the Ganga at Triveni sangam in Allahabad.
Saptarishi Kund (14500 feet) is at a distance of 14 kms from Yamunotri and the trekking route to it is difficult. Very few devotes take up this difficult task as no accommodation facility is available at Saptarishi kund and it is difficult to pitch a tent dew to harsh weather conditions. Some trekkers also visit temple from Seema (on the way to Har ki dun) via Yamnotri pass which is a high altitude trek.