The river Yamuna is the source of the sacred shrine of Yamunotri. This is the Western most shrine in the Garhwal region of the Himalayas. This is situated atop a border of the Bandarpunch Parvat. The most important attraction in Yamunotri is the temple of Goddess Yamuna. This place is also famous for the holy springs known by the name of Jankichatti that is situated at a distance of about 7 kilometers. The actual source of this is a frozen lake of glacier and ice. This glacier is known as Champasar glacier, that is also known as the Yamunotri glacier.
This is located on the Kalind mountain at a height of 4421 meters above the sea level. This place is not easily accessible and therefore it is not frequented by many people. The shrine is therefore located on the foot of the hill. The approach is quite difficult. It is for this reason that the pilgrims offer puja in the temple itself. The deity is made of black marble.
Just like Ganga, Yamuna is also considered divine for the Hindus. It is also believed that Yamuna is responsible for nurturing as well as developing the Indian civilization. Gangotri is situated at a height of about 3,048 meters above the sea level in the state of Uttarakhand. This is located on the banks of the Bhagirathi river and it is one of the Chardham of Uttarakhand.
There is a natural rock known as the Shivling in the Gangotri that is submerged under water. This can be seen when winter is on the way. This is because during the winter season, the level of water tends to decrease. It is believed according to the legends and the myths that this is the place where Lord Shiva received Ganga in the matted locks. Gangotri ias considered to be the highest and also the most important temple of Goddess Ganga.
The present Gangotri temple was built by Amar Singh Thapa. He was the Gorkha Genetal in the early 18th century. Gaumukh glacier, this is considered to be the origin of the Bhagirathi river is situated at a distance of 18 kilometers from Gangotri. It is necessary for one person to cover the distance on foot.
The distance between Delhi and Haridwar is 230 kms and the duration is for 6 hours. You first have to arrive in Delhi station and then you will have to further drive to Haridwar. On the way, you will be able to sit for lunch. Then after that you will have to go to Haridwar and stay in a hotel. Now you will have to visit Har ki Pauri for a Ganga aarti in the evening. Then you will have to stay in a hotel for the night.
The distance between Haridwar to Barkot is 190 kilometers and the time taken to travel between these two places is 7 hours. On the way, you will visit places like the Satya Narayan temple in Haridwar, Prakasheswar temple in Dehradun, Kempty fall in Mussoorie. After little refreshment in a hotel you will start your journey again to Barkot. You will be spending a night at Barkot.
This is a 50 kilometers drive and a 10 kilometers trek. You will start in the morning after breakfast and then drive to Jankichatti. After that you will start the trek to Yamunotri. Now you will have to visit the Yamunotri temple and then return to Jankichatti. Then drive towards the Barkot and you will spend night in Barkot.
The distance between Barkot to Uttatkashi is 85 kilometers and the time taken to complete this journey is 3 to 4 hours. You will start in the morning after breakfast and then drive towards Uttarkashi. You will then visit Kashi Vishwanath temple and then go to Prakateshwar Mahadev. You will stay in Uttarkashi for a night.
This is created at a distance of 200 kilometers and there is a 7 to 8 hours drive. You will start in the morning after breakfast and drive to Gangotri. You will visit to places like the Tapt kund and the Harshil village. You will then visit the Gangotri temple and drive back to Uttarkashi. You will stay overnight in Uttarkashi.
The distance between Uttarkashi to Haridwar is 230 kms and the time, it will take to drive is 5 to 6 hours. You will start in the morning after breakfast and drive to Haridwar. You will spend a night in Haridwar.
The distance between Haridwar and Delhi is 230 kilometers and the time taken to complete this journey is 6 - 7 hours. In the morning after breakfast you will visit the Daksh temple, then visit Shri Yantra temple after that the Maya devi temple. You will then have to drive towards Delhi. In the evening, you will reach Delhi.
Every year this temple gets closed in Diwali and reopens on the Akshay Tritiya. The month of April and May is the best time to Gangotri temple.
Temple will be open from 6:15 am to 02:00 pm.
Because of the location of the Gangotri in the winter, it will have heavy rainfall and snowfall. The climate will be unfavourable.
Yes, registration is compulsory for every pilgrimage site in Uttarakhand.
A. Yes, people can travel by bike or car to Gangotri because it is well connected by the roads.