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Yamunotri Temple, Yamunotri
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Yamunotri Temple is situated in the western region of Garhwal Himalayas at an altitude of 3291m in Uttarkashi district, Uttarakhand. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Yamuna and has a black marble idol of the goddess. The Yamunotri temple is a full day's journey from Uttarakhand's main towns — Rishikesh, Haridwar or Dehradun. The actual temple is only accessible by a 13km trek from the town of Hanuman Chatti and a 6km walk from Janki Chatti; horses or palanquins are available for rent. The hike from Hanuman Chatti to Yamunotri is very picturesque with beautiful views of a number of waterfalls. There are two trekking routes from Hanuman Chatti to Yamunotri, the one along the right bank proceeds via the Markandeya Tirth, where the sage Markandeya wrote the Markandeya Purana, the other route which lies on the left bank of the river goes via Kharsali, from where Yamunotri is a five or six hours climb away.HistoryYamunotri temple has a shrine dedicated to the goddess. There is also an 18th-century temple at Gangotri, it was built by Amar Singh Thapa, it was damaged and re-innovated in the 19th century. The temple has been destroyed twice by snow and floods before being rebuilt. It is located on the backdrop of Bandarpunch. The temple is part of the revered Char Dham pilgrimage circuit.
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  • People tell you it is 3 km uphill and 2 km flat. No, it is 5 km uphill but so satisfying to do it. Did it alone as the others in the group decided to go on ponies. But met many both uphill and downhil...  more »
  • Temple is very nice right on the bank of Yamuna. We went very early in the morning and probably the first ones to arrive so had darshan very peacefully. Trek is almost narrow and steep. It has steps i...  more »
  • There is a beautiful 6 kms trek to the temple, but the temple itself needs more attention. It is built in a very small space and most of that space are taken by ancilliary shops than the temple. The k...  more »
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  • It is a very beautiful and religious place. Jai yamuna maa.
  • Went through horse and came by walk..trekking was good and had the dharshan of Sri maa Yamuna ..
  • A very beautiful and lovely place to visit.. it is a awesome holy place of hindus..
  • Bliss! The mountains, young river gushing through, trekking through a narrow path with breathtaking views! It's awesomeness overloaded!
  • Jai Maa Yamune