Top 10 places to visit in Yamunotri | Indiangyaan

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Located at an elevation of 10,804 feet above sea level, this seat of goddess Yamuna is located amidst the lush greenery of the valley and against the backdrop of the overlooking Himalayas.This sacred shrine is the dham from where the holy Chota char dham yatra of Uttarakhand commences. The shrine is also located on the foothills of champasar glacier but due to its treacherous locations it has never been reached. There are several places of attractions around this holy dham and is replete with numerous natural hot water springs.

If you are planning on availing a Yamunotri yatra travel package then these are some of the primary attractions which should not be missed out on:

1. Janki Chatti


Sitting at an elevation of almost 8,000 feet above sea level Janki Chatti is popular for its hot water springs which fall on the way to the main Yamunotri dham shrine. Initially the starting point of trekking towards the main dham temple was Hanuman Chatti and now jeeps or cabs are available which cuts the overall distance to 7 km. Hanuman Chatti also serves as an alternative for trekking towards Yamunotri. Nestled among the massive Himalayan mountain ranges and among the breathtaking views of the valleys which makes this place a hub for relaxation and
devotion.

2. Divya Shila


Sitting at an elevation of 3,000 metres above sea level, this rock pillar is situated right next to the Surya kund and is another prime tourist attraction near Yamunotri. This slab is extremely pious and is also known as the ‘slab of divine light’. It is a common ritual among devotees and pilgrims to offer their prayers at Divya Shila right before entering the Yamunotri dham. People will definitely feel a strong spiritual and devotional presence on their visit due to its age old religious past. if you are looking for an experience which is a holy blend of deep spirituality and charming natural surroundings then Divya Shila is the place to be.

3. Bandarpunch


Located on the Garhwal division this mountain massif is named after ‘tail of the monkey’ which refers to the fact that Lord Hanuman – the monkey god who was also a mighty warrior had visited this very place to extinguish the fire in his tail after having burned down Lanka. This place is also a part of the Sankari Range which falls in the Govind Pashu Vihar National park and sanctuary. This massif consists of 3 snow clad majestic peaks which offers panoramic views of the surroundings.

4. Badkot

Situated in the Uttarkashi district of Devbhoomi Uttarakhand, is a peaceful town of Badkot which is dotted with numerous apple orchards and ancient temples. Sitting at a distance of 40 km from the tranquil village of Dharasu, this town is graced by pilgrims and devotees during the holy char dham yatra since it falls en route. The village is mostly popular for its wide collection of ancient temples and shrines dedicated to numerous deities. The weather remains extremely pleasant and comfortable throughout the year making your visit here completely memorable.

5. Kharsali


This small and charming village is situated at a mere distance of 1 km and is one of the most popular picnic spots among travelers, nature lovers and peace seekers. The entire landscape is replete with some of the most alluring natural beauty like natural hot water springs and a series of cascading waterfalls. Mostly visited by devotees and pilgrims during the on season, this place is also frequented by outdoor sports enthusiasts who are interested in trekking, hiking and camping. There is also an ancient, three storied temple which is dedicated to Lord Shiva and also showcases some intricate stone carvings and wood works.

6. Surya Kund


Located at a mere distance of 0.1 Km from the main dham shrine of Yamunotri which takes 1 hour to cover, Surya kund is a natural hot water spring right before the main temple shrine of Yamunotri. This is also one of the most significant thermal springs of Yamunotri which is bordered by the surrounding snow clad mountain Himalayan ranges. Several pilgrims pay a visit to this hot water spring with an aim of getting refreshed and it is also used for making the holy Prasad for offering the temple.

7. Saptarishi Kund
This wonderful place is located at a distance of 10 kms from the main dham shrine of Yamunotri and a trekking expedition there will take 2 to 3 days to cover. The entire kund is not just crystal clear but also the water looks sky blue in colour owing to its pure nature. It is also home to the rare Brahma lotus and this place is named after the 7 rishis who had performed their penance there during the ancient ages. Surrounded by lofty glacial rocks and situated at an altitude of 4,421 metres above sea level, the place is not only difficult to reach but the end result is extremely rewarding and exhilarating.

8. Hanuman Chatti


Sitting at a distance of 13 km from the main temple shrine of Yamunotri this place marks the confluence of Hanuman ganga and Yamuna rivers. The trekking for this place commences from Dodi tal and the entire trek is laden with some of the most breathtaking and panoramic sites which encapsulates the entire region. Travelers frequently visit Hanuman chatti primarily for trekking and hiking purposes. This place is extremely beautiful and enchanting. From the monthsof May to October this region is replete with pilgrimage travelers and outdoor adventure sports enthusiasts alike.

9. Dodital
As per mythology this place is supposed to be the birthplace of Lord Ganesha and is sitting at an elevation of 3,307 metres above sea level. This lake is surrounded by immense natural greenery and unparalleled beauty which is caused due to trees like deodar, oak and rhododendrons. The pristine lake water is home to some endangered fishes like – Himalayan Golden trouts among a plethora of other fishes. The depth of this lake is still unknown and visitors are treated with a natural beauty which is impeccable. If you want to experience the bountiful nature and immense
unique biodiversity then visiting Dodital lake can be your best option.

10. Uttarkashi


Perched at an elevation of 1,352 metres above sea level this picturesque spot is known for its beautiful panoramic vistas and breathtaking natural beauty. Situated right on the banks of River Bhagirathi Uttarkashi remains swarming with pilgrims during the open seasons for char dham yatra since it falls on the way to the char dham yatra pilgrimage route. Apart from impeccable beauty this place is also known for its Nehru institute of mountaineering. If you are looking to spend some valuable and quality time with your family and loved ones among some peace and
quiet then one must pay a visit to Uttarkashi.

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