Yamunotri is one of the famous Dham among Char Dhams located in the state of Uttarakhand. It is a beautiful place having many attractions. On your Char Dham Yatra, you can visit many places in Yamunotri including Surya Kund, Divya Shila and Kharsali.
Surya Kund is a thermal hot water spring located in the vicinity of Yamunotri Dham. It is the most significant hot water spring near the temple. Surya Kund got its name from the Yamuna River, which is believed to be the daughter of the god Surya.
Pilgrims come to this hot spring to freshen themselves after a long trek and prepare “prasad” for the temple offerings. The prasad is prepared by putting a mix of potato and rice wrapped in a muslin cloth and then drowning it in the thermal spring to boil. Sury Kund is located within a short walking distance of the Yamunotri temple.
The “Slabs of Divine Light” or “Divya Shilla” is a religious pillar located near the Yamunotri temple. According to Hindu beliefs, devotees must first worship the Divya Shilla before entering the Yamunotri shrine.
Pilgrims must first take a bath at the pious Surya Kund, cleanse themselves and cook the prasad made of potato and rice in the hot water ‘kund.’ After this, first, offer the prasad and perform puja rituals at Divya Shilla and then move forward to Yamunotri temple. The hot water spring is located at a commutable distance from the Yamunotri shrine.
The “Winter Abode of Goddess Yamuna ”, Kharsali is a small village situated in the district of Uttarkashi in the state of Uttarakhand. It is just 6 km from the Yamunotri Temple. Because of its beautiful landscapes, which include picturesque waterfalls and natural springs, this village is a prominent vacation spot among tourists.
Also, Kharsali is the home to one of India’s famous “Shani Temple”. It is the place where “Goddess Yamuna” is kept during winters from November to April. The temple withstood all the natural calamities, and earthquakes and is believed to have been built by the Pandavas.
Hanuman Chatti is situated at the convergence of the Yamuna river and the Hanuman Ganga. It is a tranquil location with ample options for accommodation. Travellers visit Hanumanchatti because it is a popular trekking destination in the area as well. Other than the trek to Yamunotri, Hanumanchatti’s most famous trekking expedition is to Dodi Tal and Darwa Top. If you don’t want much hassle you can book our Chardham tours with stay, meals and transfers.
Saptrishi Kund is a high-altitude lake and the original source of the Yamuna River. Champasar Glacier, which is half a kilometre long and bordered by stony glaciers and is located in the highest reaches of the mountain range formed by Bandarpunch Mountain, feeds water to the lake. The Saptrishi Kund is situated in the stunning and alluring backdrop of the towering glaciers covered in scattered rocks. The Champasak glacier feeds this glacial lake.
The journey to Saptrishi Kund is one of the toughest hikes in the Himalayas and requires a guide. To reach Saptrishi Kund which is at a distance of 7 km from Yamunotri, it will take a strenuous hike to reach there.
The Bali Pass Trek begins from Sankri Base Camp, the starting point for around twenty-five other treks in Uttarakhand, and concludes at Yamunotri or Jankichatti.
The thrilling Bali Pass leads from Yamunotri to the Har Ki Dun valley and is almost a complete exploration. It travels via the Tons-Ruinsara River confluence, the unspoiled tranquillity of the Ruinsara Valley, and the verdant meadows of Devsu Thach.
The Bali Pass provides a panoramic picture of the Bandarpoonch, Kalanag, and Swargarohini peaks. Given the difficulty of the trek and the fact that only seasoned hikers should attempt it, the reward does not come easily.