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Chandrakant L Patel Feb 21 2013

Can I have all details for a trip to Yamunotri from Rishikesh?

Manavi Kapur Feb 25 2013
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The temples in Yamunotri and Gangotri open on the auspicious day of Akshaya Tritiya, which usually falls in end of April or the first week of May. For 2013, Akshaya Tritiya is scheduled for 13th May. You might find a lot of crowd around these pilgrimage spots during this time.

First step on this Yatra is the Yamunotri Trek

It's a good idea to stay in Barkot, from where you can take a taxi for the 42 km ride to Janki Chatt. Your 6 km trek to Yamunotri Temple starts from here. You can choose to do this by foot, or avail of a mule or palanquin.

Once you reach the temple, you can take a dip in the Garam Kund and do darshan of Shri Yamunotri Ji. Here is what the temple looks like:

After your Darshan, you can return to your hotel for the night. The next day, you will have to drive from Barkot to Uttarkashi (82 km).  Stay in Uttarkashi for the night, and the next day, proceed to Gangotri.

Once you reach Gangotri, the temple is a small trek away. Take a dip in the holy river and perform the Pooja Ritual. If you wish, you can also do the the three day trek to Gaumukh from Gangotri. It is advisable to join a group if you wish to do this one for precautions and safety.

Return to hotel in Uttarkashi for the night and proceed to Rishikesh next morning.

If you don't trek to Gaumukh, the whole trip will take you about 5 days and 4 nights at a leisurely pace. If you choose to trek to Gaumukh, the trip will increase by 3 days  and 2 nights.

Hope this helps.

Vikram Panwar May 24 2014
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