The holy site of Yamunotri, the origin of the river Yamuna, is the westernmost temple in the Garhwal Himalayas. The shrine stands proudly at the top of a border of Bandar Poonch Parvat. The major attraction of Yamunotri is the temple of the goddess Yamuna and the sacred thermal springs at Jankichatti. The actual origin is a frozen lake of ice, Champasar glacier (often referred to as Yamunotri glacier), located on the Kalind mountain at an altitude of 4421 meters above sea level, about km further up and is not generally visited as it is not accessible. Thus the shrine has been positioned on the base of the hill. It is very tough to approach the actual source, so pilgrims offer Pooja at the temple itself. The statue of the goddess Yamuna is made of beautiful black marble. Like Ganga, the Yamuna has the status of the divine mother for the Hindus and has been held responsible for nurturing and developing the Indian civilization.
Situated at an elevation of 3048 meters above sea level, Gangotri is one of the holy cities in the Uttarakhand state of India. Gangotri is one of the Char Dham of Uttarkhand, located on the banks of the sacred Bhagirathi River. There is a natural rock Shivling in Gangotri plunged underwater, which can be seen clearly during winters as the water level decreases during that time. There is a legend that this was the spot where Lord Shiva was sitting when he received Ganga in his tangled locks. Gangotri is the highest temple of Goddess Ganga and also one of the significant temples of Hindus. Amar Singh Thapa, Gorkha General, built the current temple of Gangotri in the early 18th century. The source of Bhagirathi River, Gaumukh glacier is 18kms from Gangotri, and one can only reach Gaumukh glacier on foot.
Yamunotri: Temple of goddess Yamuna is one of the most famous temples for Hindus. Nearby the temple, there are several hot water springs where the water flows out of the mountain cracks at the boiling point. Surya Kund is the main kund. A pinch of rice or potatoes is tied loosely in a cloth and dip it in water; after a few minutes, it gets perfectly cooked. Visitors take these home as Prasad. Divya Shila is worshipped before worshipping goddess Yamuna, Divya Shila lies near the Surya Kund.
Gangotri: The major highlight of Gangotri is the Temple of Bhagirathi. In this temple, you will see the idols of Goddess Ganga, Yamuna, Lakshmi, Saraswati, Parwati, and Annapurna. There is also a thick forest of deodar. The temple of Ganga lies on the right bank of the Bhagirathi (Ganga), and we can see its route in various moods deep and silent in the lower plains. However, at Gangotri, Bhagirathi is stirring, burbling, foaming, and singing an ecstatic air.
Dip in the holy River Yamuna
Visit the Yamunotri Temple
Have a relaxing bath at the sacred thermal springs of Jankichatti
Visit the Gangotri temple, the highest temple of Goddess Ganga
Visit the temple of Bhagirathi
Get scenic views of mountains and other natural scenery throughout the trip
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Arrival at Delhi and drive to Haridwar
On your arrival at Delhi airport, our airport representative will welcome and escort you to Haridwar. Upon arrival at Haridwar, check into your hotel. Then, in the evening, you can engage in Ganga Aarti at Har Ki Pouri on your own, if possible, with available time and conditions. Enjoy the evening roaming around this spiritual town. We will spend the night at Haridwar.
Possible Sight-Seeing Today: Har Ki Pauri or Other sights on the edge of Ganga on your own.
Haridwar to Barkot via Mussoorie
After having early morning breakfast, we take a bath in Ganga. Generally, we drive for approximately seven hours with a comfortable ride, stopping for short break at Kempty fall, if preferred. Otherwise, we will move continuously without stopping, and we can reach within six hours. Mostly, during peak season, there will be a massive rush in Mussoorie, so sometimes we divert the way to Barkot via Vikas Nagar. If we need to redirect the way, we should leave sightseeing around Kampty fall while returning. On our way, we will be visiting places such as Satya Narayan Temple in Haridwar, Prakasheswar temple in Dehradun, and Kempty fall in Mussoorie. After reaching Barkot, we will check into the hotel, have dinner, and retire for the night.
Possible Sight-Seeing Today: Har Ki Pauri or Other sights on the edge of Ganga on your own.
Barkot to Yamunotri, return to Barkot
Waking up early morning, we leave for Jankichatti through Hanuman Chatti and Phool Chatti. Firstly, we will drive to Hanuman Chatti, from here we need to take local jeeps for Janki Chatti. Taking vehicles helps to reduce the distance to walk by about 8km. If you take the automobile, you will be trekking from Janki Chatti. You need to travel for 6km from here to reach Yamunotri. You will also have the choice of taking a horse or Doli. However, you need to do it on your own expense. Upon arrival at Yamunotri, most people cook rice by packing it in a cloth and dipping it in the natural hot water of the hot Kund. Pilgrims take this rice home as “Prasad.” Also, you can take a bath in the natural warm water of Jamunabai Kund; you can offer prayer near the temple to Divya Shilla. Then, you can move to the temple of Goddess Yamuna and offer your prayers before returning to Barkot. After offering prayers and enjoying the surrounding view, we trek back to Janki Chatti. Then, we will drive back to Barkot, where we will spend the night.
Hanuman Chatti: Hanuman Chatti is the confluence of Hanuman Ganga and Yamuna River.
Yamunotri Temple: Maharani Gularia of Jaipur built Yamunotri Temple in the 19th century. This temple has been destroyed and rebuilt a couple of times in the last hundred years.
Surya Kund: Surya kand is one of the numerous natural thermal springs in the surrounding area of the temple, which flows into several pools. Surya Kand is the most important among these multitudes of thermal springs.
Divya Shilla: Divya Shilla is a rock pillar. There is a norm of worshipping Divya Shillal before entering the Yamunotri temple.
Possible Sight-Seeing Today: Janakichatti, Bhairav Baba Temple, Yamunotri Temple, Tapt Kund– Return Via Synachatti, Rynachatti
Barkot to Uttarkashi
We will start our trip around 10 AM after having a delicious breakfast. As you might be tired due to the trek to Yamunotri, you can rest on the bus as we will be driving for around 4 hours to reach Uttarkashi. You can rest entirely on the van; the further trip will be even more tiring as we will be traveling between our destination most of the time. Driving for about four hours, we will reach Uttarkashi. Uttarkashi lies at the bank of the river Bhagirathi. On our arrival at Uttarkashi, we will pay a visit to Vishwanath Temple. There is a large iron trident erected in the Vishwanath Temple. Other famous temples in this area are Ekadash Rudra, Bhairav, Gyaneshwar, and Goddess Kuteti Devi. Visiting Vishwanath Temple, we will check in the hotel and enjoy the evening resting.
Possible Sight-Seeing Today: Shiv Gufa, Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Shakti Temple or Nearby Area if possible.
Uttarkashi to Ganganani to Gangotri to Harsil, return to Uttarkashi
We will leave Uttarkashi early in the morning. On the way to Gangotri, we will visit places like Tapt Kund (a hot water spring) and Harshil village. We can also witness some magnificent views of the Himalayas. After praying at Gangotri, we will return to Uttarkashi, where we will spend the night.
Gangotri: Built around the 18th century, Gangotri temple is a temple dedicated to Goddess Ganga. Gorkha General Amar Singh Thapa built the temple. The temple lies near a sacred stone where King Bhagirath worshipped Lord Shiva. The sacred stone is Shivling, which is submerged in the river. This natural rock Shivling is the spot where, according to mythology, Lord Shiva sat when he received Ganga in his tangled lock. The stone is most visible during winter months when the water level decreases. There is another legend that Pandavas performed the great Deva Yagna here to atone their sins of killing their kin in the massive battle of Mahabharata. The temple is an exotic structure with a height of 20ft, made of white granite.
Kedar Ganga Sangam: About a hundred Yards from the Ganga Temple, the river Kedar Ganga flows. Starting from the Kedar Valle, this river meets the Bhagirathi on its left bank.
Gangnani: If you walk further up from Gangotri, you will see a hot water spring at Gangnani. There is a kund called Rishikund where you can have a rejuvenating bath at natural hot water spring. There is also a temple of the Sage Parashar near the spring. The sage Parashar is believed to be the father of Ved Vyas.
Ritual and Activities: Perform Snan at Gangotri Ghat (VIP Ghat), Ganga Pujan & Aarti at Gangotri Ghat, Darshan of Bhagirath Shila, Darshan of Gauri Ganesha Temple, Finally Gangotri Temple Darshan after that you will offer prayer to Surya Kund. While returning from Gupteshwar Mahadev temple in Dharali, communicate with Tibetan people and learn more about their culture in Harsil.
Possible Sight-Seeing Today: Ganganani Kund, Harsil, Gangotri Temple
Uttarkashi to Rishikesh to Haridwar
After having early morning breakfast, we depart towards Rishikesh. On the way, we will get the gorgeous view of Tehri Lake. Rishikesh is a famous sacred town on the bank of Ganga. Shivalik range of the Himalayas bounds it on three sides. There is a belief that Raibhya Rishi did hard penance here, and the god named Rishikesh appeared, henceforth the name came to be known as Rishikesh. Upon arriving at Rishikesh, we will visit Laxman Jhula and Ram Jhula on foot, as the vehicle won’t reach these places. The car will be waiting for you in the parking area. It is ideal for visiting this part of Rishikesh is by entering through Laxman Jhula and exiting from Ram Jhula. Likewise, you can see several Ghats, temples, and beautiful ashrams. Rishikesh is the second significant place for Sadhus and Saints. The site is also known as the Capital land of Yoga. If you missed Ganga Aarti before, you could engage in it after arriving at Haridwar. So, it depends on you if you want to explore around and reach Har KI Pouri, Haridwar, for Ganga Aarti. The Ganga Aarti typically starts by 6 PM in summer seasons, and 5:15 PM in winters. Those who did it before can enjoy some more time in Rishikesh and sightsee around. Or you can reach Haridwar and visit this beautiful place. As this is the last day of your trip, you can enjoy shopping in Haridwar.
Possible Sight-Seeing Today: Enroute cross Srinagar Via Dhari Devi Temple, Kirtinagar, Deo Prayag, Rishikesh, Haridwar.
Return to Delhi
After breakfast, we will leave for Delhi and proceed to your destination as per your schedule. On the route, we can visit places like Daksh Temple, Shri Yantra Temple, and Maya Devi Temple. However, there is no sightseeing included in Delhi. If you want to explore Delhi, we can manage an experienced guide for you to enjoy the trip to Delhi.
Possible Sight-Seeing Today: Daksh Temple, Shri Yantra Temple, Maya Devi Temple.