Yamunotri Dham Yatra 2021 Travel Guide

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Yamunotri Temple

Yamunotri Dham Yatra 2021 Travel Guide

Yamunotri Dham Trek

Hinduism is the most ancient, largest and widely followed religion among the people of Indian Nation. Followers of Sanatan Dharm believe with deep faith on the existence of God. Here in our India trees are worshipped, stones are revered and Nature is considered as mother. Hinduism connects human with Mother Nature and we Indians have found the way to connect our souls filled with gratitude to thank its every gift. On the western side of Garwal Himalya in Uttarkashi District, 185 kms from Dehradun has the holy shrine of Ma Yamunotri. The origin of the sacred river Yamunotri and is worshipped as Yamunotri Dham. Dham means a religiously auspicious and sacred point or place associated to some deity or God. 

    Yamunotri is among the most pious rivers of India like river The Ganga. Its water passes through hills, mountains and rocks because of which becomes rich in minerals. Religious point of view it is believed that bathing in the water of river Yamuna daily pleases lord Surya and Yama. Person can be saved from uncertain mishaps along with the mental and spiritual state of mind also develops. 

    This blog of Yamunotri Dham Yatra 2021 Travel guide is like mini wikipedia for persons who wish to do the Chardham Yatra of lifetime. These Yamunotri Travel tips will help you to understand the Yatra route and crucials points to take care during your travel. For full detailed travel tips visit our char dham yatra travel tips blog.

Yamunotri Dham

Yamunotri Dham is associated to one of the Chardham Yatra or Chota Chardham of India – Yamunotri Dham, Gangotri Dham, Shri Kedarnath Dham & Shri Badrinath Dham respectively. Every year millions of devotees from all around the India and abroad commence their Chardham Yatra and reaches to Shri Yamunotri Ji Dham which is the first among the four Dhams.

Shri Yamunotri Temple

Yamunotri Dham

The temple shrine is situated on the side of Bamndarpoonch Mountain and near the foot of Kalind Mountain. Ma Yamunotri Temple is the prime shrine, glimpse and darshan of Idol made of black marble of Shri Yamunotri Ji makes the devotees to forget all the fatigue of trek. Near the temple shrine is a hot water spring Surya Kund gushing out of the mountain where one can cook the rice and take them as Prasad with them back to their homes. Near the hot spring is a rock known as Divya Shila, the Shila is place where everyone has to bow down their head for Puja before the main Shrine. Divya Shila is deemed as the Idol of deity and hence the devotees bow down their head to this shrine and offer the rice, potatoes cooked at Suryakund as Prasadam here first.


तत्र द्विय शिलानाम, स्पर्शाम् मुक्तिदायकं ।

                                              कलोध्रम विहिनाय, पूजा करोति मानवः ॥

Meaning: In Kalyug who so ever commence the Pious Yatra of Shri Yamunotri Dham and do the Pooja of Sacred Divya shila got  saved from uncertain death, miseries and attains Vaikunth Lok.

Gauri kund is hot water kund and has medicinal qualities and is beneficial for skin. It is said that taking bath in hot water springs burns away all the ill and Paap Karmas.


Yamuna River

In kaliyug for the  wellness of humanity Ma Yamuna emerged in the form of a river on earth. Maharishi Gemini had meditated at Yamunotri Dham and a Ma asked Ma Yamuna to descend on earth from Gau Lok. 

Another legend associated to Yamunotri says Lord Surya – The sun is father of Yamuna & Yama. Their mother Sanjana could not bear the Tej of bright and dazzling husband The Sun. Once she left her sister Chaya in place of her and went to her parent’s home. Later Chaya & Sun have a Sun. Chaya was not much compassionate about Sanjna’s children. Once Yama unable to bear the bias and cruel behaviour of Chaya he threatened her by his foot. Because of this Chaya became furious and cursed Yama that he will lose his foot. Yamuna his beloved sister could not bear this and seeing his brother in pain she weeps. Her tears for her brother became the river Yamuna. Tortoise is symbol of Ma Yamuna and can be seen on pictures at temples.


Old Yamunotri Temple

Yamunotri dham Temple dedicated to Ma Yamuna, daughter of Lord Sun & sister of Yama Lord or death. The main shrine was constructed by Tehri Naresh Sudarshan shah in 1839. Due to an earthquake the temple got damaged and was rebuilt by Rani of Galauria. However even after that different damages due to natural disaster the temple was reconstructed in various phases.  

Opening & Closing Dates of Shri Yamunotri Temple in 2021

Chardham Destination Opening Date Closing Date
Yamunotri Temple 14th May 2021, Friday (Tentative) 06th Nov 2021, Saturday (Tentative)
Gangotri Temple 14 May 2021, Friday (Tentative) 05 Nov 2021, Friday (Tentative)
Kedarnath Temple 15 May 2021, Saturday (Tentative) 06 Nov 2021, Saturday (Tentative)
Badrinath Temple 18th MAY 2021, Tuesday Closing day is decided by the priest of Temple on Vijaydashmi

Shri Yamunotri Dham is opened for the pilgrims on Akshay Tritaya every year and closes on the day of Yamdeep second day after Dipawali or on Bhyadooj. The announcement of the opening of the Kapaat is declared on the auspicious day of Basant Panchmi by the priest. In winters the Idol of Ma Yamunotri devi is taken to the Khushi math Village of Kharsali. Here Idol of Ma Yamuna remains from closing to opening of Chota Chardham Yatra again. Vedic Yug seems to be live again by Vedic chants, celebration and procession during the opening and closing ceremony of Shri Yamunotri Dham temple. Tentative opening dates of Shri Yamunotri Dham Yatra 2021 is 14th May.

Important: Tentative Opening date of Shri Gangotri Dham is 14th May, 2021, Shri Kedarnath Dham 15th May, 2021 and Shri Badrinath Dham is 18th May,2021.

3. Yamunotri Dham Temple Darshan Timing

Morning 6:00 am to 12:00 pm 

Evening – 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Shri Yamunotri Temple Opens for Darshan and Pooja every morning from 06:00 AM to 12:00 PM and from 02:00 PM to 08:00 PM in the evening during Yatra season. Every day priest of Shri Yamunotri Ji perform the Mangal Aarti in the morning from 6:30 am to 7:30 am. Evening Shayan Aarti helds every day from 6:30 pm to 7:30 PM after which the door of the temple is closed for Pilgrims.

How to reach Yamunotri Dham

Yamunotri Temple Route Map

Shri Yamunotri Dham is the first Dham of Chota Chardham Circuit and symbolizes Bhakti. Hence filling heart with Bhakti and devotion one can reach to Yamunotri Dham by covering distance of approx 432 kms from Delhi, around 185 kms from Dehradun & 213 Kms from Rishikesh. For exclusive and escorted Yatra you can request an accompanied Yamunotri yatra  tour guide before booking your Yatra.

Road Distance to Shri Yamunotri Shrine

Delhi—(212 Kms)—Haridwar—(54 Kms)—Dehradun—(30 Kms)—Mussoorie—(82 Kms)—-Naugaon—-(10 Kms)—-Barkot—-(30 Kms)—-Syanchatti—-(20 Kms)—-Hanumanchatti—-(8.5 Kms)—-Janki Chatti—(6 Kms Trek)—-Shri Yamunotri Ji Temple

Nearest accessible Railway station is of Dehradun, one can also start the Yatra boarding down at Haridwar Railway station.

Jollygrant Airport is the nearest approachable airport for Yamunotri Dham.

Yamunotri Dham Reach & Accessibility

Tempo Traveler

After landing at Haridwar/Dehradun railway station or Jollygrant airport one can drive to Barkot via Mussoorie. Drive through Chamba, Dharasu is long route and hence better to follow the Via Mussoorie route. Haridwar to Barkot is 180 Kms – takes appx 6 hours & 140 Kms from Dehradun- appx 5 hours drive in medium car.

   From Barkot it is better to start early in morning. From Barkot to Jankichatti can be covered by vehicle and is appx 45 kms drive. An important Yamunotri Travel tip is to carry long non slippery rubber boot as there is Trek of 6 kms one way starting from Jankichatti which can be covered in 2 to 3 hours. But after rain the trek becomes muddy and slippery. For different age groups depending upon their comfort they can hire, pony, Doli or Palki for the Trek. On the way there are shelters and benches to take a short halt. 

    You have facility to hire them on spot with paying according to rates fixed by govt. Appx Idea of Round trip Pony in Yamunotri – INR 2400 per pony & Doli: INR 4000 to INR 5000, Palki – INR 6000. However at Kedarnth Dham the rates are bit higher as the trek is long return pony appx charge in Kedarnath Dham Yatra is around INR 3500, Pithu INR 6000 , Palki – INR 8000 appx. The owner of Pony, Palki and doli acts as your Yamunotri tour guide to whom you can ask and get the information about the trek and travel too. It is recommended to pay them money after completion of the trek not in advance. 


There are lots of stay options available during the Yatra route. The accommodation starts from Naaugaon which is 8 kms before Barkot, then Barkot continuing to Jankichatti. One can make stopover and hotel stay as according to their approach, interest and reach. The hotel ranges from standard to deluxe options with normal to good amenities, but should not be compared as hotels of plains. The rates of hotels vary according to travel dates and Yatra rush. In Yamunotri Yatra 2021 you will find some new hotel constructions as government is attracting local investment to cater the stay need of pilgrims.

   Ma Yamuna is a divine blessing to India. Along with Ganga it makes the plain and fertile land of Northern India and is source of life and food to millions of citizens. Reason of which in India we people call Ganga & Yamuna rivers with gratitude and devotion as Ma-mother.

    There is no other place than mother’s lap where the true peace of soul can be found. Religious voyage to Ma Yamunotri Dham alike gives such calm and peace to soul. Anyone seeking blessings and getting rid out of pains and worries must do the Chardham Yatra once staring from Darshan of Shri Yamunotri Dham. This Yamunotri Dham Yatra 2021 Travel Guide blog is an effort to ease and clear queries of Chardham Yatra 2021 travelers. However if you have some other doubts or questions kindly mention them in below comments.

     You can go through our latest blog updates and related blog post to read more about the Chota Chardham Yatra routes, places and other important facts and information which will help you to plan your Yatra in more arranged and better way. 

Author Bio

Mr. Vikas Sharma holds (Masters in Tourism Management from BHU, Diploma International Tourism from KUK & Yogacharya from Uttarakhand ). He has more than a decade of work and writing experience in the field of Travel & Tourism in Top shot company of India. He developed his hobby of writing and is been engaged in writing fruitful content on travel, education, spirituality and yoga. 

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