Places to Visit in Gangotri and Yamunotri
Gangotri and Yamunotri Yatra form two of the most crucial and scenic pilgrimage destinations in India and probably the world. These two destinations witness an immense amount of devotees and pilgrims from across the subcontinent when the Kapat of the temples are opened for Darshan. During the off-season, when the temple Kapat closes for Darshan, the entire region remains covered in a thick layer of stark white snow.
Apart from the main holy temple sites Gangotri and Yamunotri are also home to a number of other interesting tourist attractions which are:
Bhagirathi Shila (Gangotri)
Located among the scenic and picturesque surroundings of the radiant Gangotri Bhagirathi Shila is a holy rock where King Bhagirathi is believed to have meditated. This stone signifies the exact spot where Goddess Ganga had laid her first step down on the earthly realm. It is also believed that the Ganga water or Ganga Jal from here never gets old or goes bad. The entire region is extremely breathtaking and a sight to behold.
Saptarishi Kund (Yamunotri)
Located at a mere distance of 10 km from the main Yamunotri Dham Saptarishi Kund is considered to be the original source of the holy River Yamuna. Sitting in the upper parts of the massif which is created by the famous and picturesque BandarpunchMountain the deep blue colored lake water is home to the famous and rare Brahma lotus which only grows here. The trek to this place takes you through the dense forests and rugged mountains. Saptarishi Kund is also famous for its natural source of high-quality blue sapphires.
Gauri and Surya Kund (Gangotri)
Located at a mere distance of 500 metres from the main Gangotri Dham Mandir, GauriKund and Surya Kund are located on the either sides of the main iron bridge. These places are considered to offer some of the most spectacular views of the gushing and cascading waterfalls. These waters are a part of the holy River Bhagirathi which runs downstream from here. People visit here to witness the spectacular falls and sit and listen to the calming sound of the fast running river water.
Sitting among the massive snowcapped Garhwal Himalayas lays one of the famous Hindu pilgrimage destinations of Yamunotri Dham.Before setting foot inside the Mandir pilgrims and devotees are required to first worship this rock pillar.A visit here is advised to be mandatory in order to have a complete and immensely spiritual journey to Yamunotri Dham. This popular pilgrim destination is located at a whopping height of 3,000 metres above sea level.
Jalmagna Shivling (Gangotri)
Apart from the main Gangotri Dham, Jalmagna Shivling is another prime tourist attraction. This unique and naturally created Shivling’s feature is the fact that it remains submerged in the water during summer season when the snow melts. It is only clearly visible during the winter months when the water level goes substantially down. This place is believed to be the exact spot where Lord Shiva had held the holy River Ganga inside his matted locks making it extremely pious.
Hanuman Chatti (Yamunotri)
This holy and extremely sacred site is located right on the confluence of the Hanuman Ganga and River Yamuna. Situated at a comfortable distance of 13 km from the Yamunotri Dham this place is known for its unparalleled serenity and untouched beauty. This is the perfect place to observe some peace and quiet among the nature. This place is also a famous trekking destination for every adventure enthusiast. Engulfed in the green natural surroundings Hanuman Chatti is a must visit.
Located at a trekking distance of 1.5 km from Gangotri Dham this Gufais the exact spot where the Pandavas from Mahabharat had spent some time meditating on their way to Kailash Parbat. Situated en route Chinchali village this Gufahas 5 different rooms or Khandaswhere the biggest one is said to be of Bheem. This is also one of the best locations to spend some quality time with your loved ones.