My First Bike Ride in Himalaya: Yamunotri
One of the four Dhams in Uttrakhand. Origin of the River Yamuna. Lord Krishna spent time with his friends and did so many activities in or nearby the river in Vrindavan. Beautiful Taj Mahal has also constructed nearby the Yamuna River and finally, this river merges into The Ganga in Allahabad.
Yamunotri one of very close and famous destination from Dhanolti. 6km trek was the main reason for me to go there. That morning after breakfast suddenly I decided to go for Yamunotri. Packed my bag and started my bike. It is 185km from Dhanolti passing by Suwakholi, Chinyalisour, Dharasu, Barkot. I completed this ride in 8hrs with very little break and reached Janaki Chatty before sunset.
Narrow and Steep Trek with Breathtaking Nature Scenery:
started my trek at 7 am shouting Bham Bham Bhole. The trek was narrow with mountains on one side and a deep valley on the other in which the Yamuna flows. Though the side is covered with the iron grill but you can’t take support.
It was a little dangerous when ponies and mules start taking tourists to Yamunotri temple. I took the side with mountains when pony owner asked for the side if anyone did not give side they pushed that person for a side, so I concentrated on my step and call by the pony owner.
It is difficult for a first-time trekker and old age people, some were taking pony or palanquins, and some were admiring the beautiful valley and mountains taking pictures every 10-15minutes, and completing their trek. I reached Yamunotri temple around 12 pm.
Though at the Janaki Chatti starting point I was told this trek is 5km long but this trek is more than 6km, and become more dangerous when mules also walk in this trek.
Hot water pond:
Sacred water pond called Surya Kund, devotee worship this Kund and cook rice as a Prasad in this boiling water.
This hot medicinal water also used for bath, Cold and hot water springs join together and enter in two separate tanks, one for women and the other for men. almost every devotee baths and feels relaxed after steep trekking. This water cure skin problem.
Near the Surya Kund, there is a Shilla called Divya Shilla. this Divya Shilla is worshiped as a part of a ritual and after that, you move towards Goddess Yamuna. which is worshipped in the form of a black marble idol.
How to reach:
Yamunotri temple is well connected by road up to Janaki Chatti, from here you have to trek for 6km or you can opt a pony, mule, and palanquin whichever you are comfortable with.
By Road: You can take a direct bus or a taxi. Distance from Dehradun is 185km, and from Haridwar is 220km.
By Train: Dehradun and Haridwar are nearest railway stations to Yamunotri, both of them are well connected by all major railway stations of India.
By Air: Jolly Grant airport, Dehradun is the nearest Airport and is well connected to Delhi. From there you can take a taxi till Janaki Chatti.