Yamunotri Dham is one of the four sacred shrines or one of the famous Char Dham Yatra in Uttarakhand which comprises of a religious tour to the famous Char Dhams Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri. Yamunotri is located at an altitude of 3293 metres and the Yamunotri Glacier is at a height of 6387 metres above the sea level. The shrine holds a very special meaning to all devotees in Uttarakhand. Yamunotri Dham is visited by a large number of devotees every year and is the seat of Goddess Yamuna in India which is considered to be a very sacred river and is worshipped in India. There are many other attractions located at Yamunotri Dham.
Yamunotri Dham is famous for the Yamunotri Shrine. There are a lot of other attractions like the Yamunotri Glacier which is at a trekking distance from the Yamunotri Shrine and attracts a large number of adventure junkies to the place. The spirituality on the religious grounds at Yamunotri Dham is what makes thousands of devotees throng to the place every year.
Yamunotri Dham is a pious sight and is not only an attraction for the devotees but also the nature lovers who seek peace. There is a hot water spring which is believed to hold supernatural powers and devotees take raw rice and potatoes wrapped in a muslin cloth which is cooked in the hot water and is later taken as offering to the Yamunotri temple and then take it back home as prasad. People who visit the Dham have to walk a distance to reach the main shrine and the route is quite difficult to walk for people who have problems in their legs so it is suggested that one makes the arrangements accordingly.
Yamunotri Dham has many other famous spots like Divya Shila, Surya Kund, Saptarshi Kund and other places which binds the interest in people visiting the place and makes them interested to stay at the place for more than a day so that all the nearby spots can be covered as well. The Dham is also the starting point of many trekking routes hence a large number of adventure seekers visit the shrine. Woollen clothes are a must to be taken at the place as the temperature is low throughout the year. The lofty peaks and the large valley offer a perfect retreat to devotees visiting the Yamunotri Dham and also to those who throng to the Yamunotri Glacier which is the place from where the river Yamuna originates.
Yamunotri is a famous pilgrimage spot and hence the most important activity here is the religious practices and the worship of Goddess Yamuna and other Gods and Goddesses. Yamunotri is also famous as the base for various treks one of which is Yamunotri Glacier trek and is famous among trekkers as well as devotees.
As Yamunotri is a religious place so there are a large number of restaurants all offering a variety of vegetarian options to the devotees. There is mainly North Indian food served in the restaurants and non vegetarian food is strictly restricted to be served at the Dham as it is a religious place.
As it is a religious spot, there are a large number of Hotels near Gangotri Dham in Kharsali and Barkot for the devotees to stay. Some of the hotels are Yamuntri Cottages, Hotel Jay, The Char Dham camp, Hotel Anil, Hotel Shiv Kailash, Hotel Dev Darshan and a lot of other hotels to stay for the people visiting the place.
The Yamunotri Dham, as the name suggests, is dedicated to goddess Yamuna who is believed to be the daughter of the Sun God and the sister of Yama, the god of Death. Yamuna is the longest and the most holy river in India after Ganga. The temple of Yamunotr was built by Maharani of Jaipur and was later reconstructed by the King of Tehri Garhwal.
There are many festivals celebrated at yamunotri are Vasant Panchmi which is the arrival of spring season and the end of winters where people where yellow coloured clothes and sweet yellow rice is cooked as Prasad. The other occasion is Olgia which is termed as Ghee Sankranti and is the major festival for farmers and the celebration of their flourishing harvest.