Yamunotri, also Jamnotri, is the source of the Yamuna River and the seat of the Goddess Yamuna in Hinduism. It is situated at an altitude of 3,293 metres (10,804 ft) in the Garhwal Himalayas and located approximately 150 kilometers (93 mi) North of Uttarkashi, the headquarters of the Uttarkashi district in the Garhwal Division of Uttarakhand, India. It is one of the four sites in India‘s Chhota Char Dham pilgrimage. The sacred shrine of Yamunotri, source of the river Yamuna, is the westernmost shrine in the Garhwal Himalayas, perched atop a flank of Bandar Poonch Parvat. The chief attraction at Yamunotri is the temple devoted to the Goddess Yamuna and the holy thermal springs at Janki Chatti which is 7 km away.
The actual source, a frozen lake of ice and glacier (Champasar Glacier) located on the Kalind Mountain at a height of 4,421 m above sea level, about 1 km further up, is not frequented generally as it is not accessible; hence the shrine has been located on the foot of the hill. The approach is extremely difficult and pilgrims therefore offer puja at the temple itself.
Surya Kund is a hot water spring situated near Yamunotri temple. This thermal spring gets its name from the Yamuna river which is considered to be the offspring of Surya or the God as per Hindu mythology. Surya Kund serves as a holy place as it is located in the vicinity of the Yamunotri shrine.
Situated at an elevation of 2,650 mts above sea level, Janki Chatti is familiarly known for its hot water springs. Janki Chatti encompasses the last village in the region and it acts as the major hub for the pilgrims traveling to Yamunotri.
The untouched village of Kharsali also known as ‘Khushimath’ is cradled with love in the Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand.
Hanuman Chatti is situated at the intersection of the Hanuman Ganga and Yamuna streams. Arranged 13 kms before Yamunotri Dham, Hanuman Chatti (2,400mts) is a tranquil spot offering an adequate measure of convenience offices. The riverside grand magnificence at Hanuman Chatti goes about as an ideal spot to encounter nature and the open country.
Divya Shila, otherwise called ‘chunk of heavenly light’, is a devout stone or point of support situated close to Yamunotri and Surya Kund. The aficionados visiting Yamunotri sanctuary need to love Divya Shila prior to entering the sanctuary premises.