Yamunotri by bike -To release the stress of the job, I planned to energise myself, by spending a few days in the lap of nature. To be away from work and network. So I decided to visit Yamunotri temple. It is a sacred temple of Hindus in the Himadri range of Uttarakhand. To make my journey, more exciting I planned to visit there on a motorcycle with my friend Ashutosh. It is around 230 km from Dehradun and the entire route is hilly.
As the place is far away into hills, we started our journey early in the morning, at around 6 am. As we crossed Mussoorie hill station, we were driving along with Yamuna valley in serpentine route, just in the opposite direction. The entire route was having the fragrance of wild white roses and yellow hill flowers (fueli), which seemed to be smiling upon us. At 11 pm we reach Barkot, a small village of Barkot and had breakfast. When we were about to reach Yamunotri we found a rough mud route there. Although, it was difficult to drive there but it was all the more exciting. At 2 pm we reached the foot of Yamunotri temple's hill. From there we had to trek the mountain around 7 km to the top to reach ma Yamunotri temple. The track was cemented and fine to walk. We started walking slowly.
On the way, one side was flourished with pink Buransh (Rhododendron) trees and another side with red flowers. There were few white Buransh flowers too, that I saw for the first time in my life
We were walking into a steep valley with gushing Yamuna river, which was making it scary. While walking I found lots plastic bottles and wrappers of-of various items, which made we very sad. I asked myself "what sort of god are we really searching?". We are worshiping our mountains and rivers since centuries, and still ignoring and polluting the very same places we worship them. We are trying to find and please God, which is invisible and simultaneously polluting and destroying the very same nature he has blessed us with. It was making me laugh from inside. After small breaks, we reached hill-top at Yamunotri. With sights of snow clad mountains and huge glacier.
We then visited the holy temple of Ma Yamuna and took a bath in hot spring water, which was like a natural spa, and helped me relax my body. After that, I meditated for some time, in nature's lap. With snow peaks shining in moonlight and gushing river in front of us, I was totally lost in nature which cannot be explained in words.
Next day, at 7 am we arrive from Yamunotri we move to our new destination Sankri a small village in Jaunsar, which is around 150 km from Yamunotri. It's basically a starting point of the trek for Har ki Doon one of the popular treks of Uttarakhand. As we were driving through Jaunsar valley, we crossed beautiful green fields, silent valley and a few apple orchards. This whole area was really amazing, it was like a virgin landscape. We even met a tribal, who was grazing his goats.
We relaxed near the river at pine forest and had tea. That night we stayed at small village Mori, and next day we returned back to our home with fresh energy and peaceful mind. Now, whenever I see the pictures of our journey, it fills me with the same excitement.
Belief: According to legend ancient sage Asit Muni had hermitage here.All his life, he bathed in Ganga and Yamuna river. Unable to go in his old age, a stream of Yamuna appeared at Yamunotri Dham.
How to Reach Yamunotri
Distance of Yamunotri from Dehradun: 163km (around )
Season to Visit Yamunotri: April-May - June, September - October Temple is open from April - Diwali (Nov)
Devoted: Maa Yamuna river
Best route to reach Yamunotri: Dehradun – Barkot - Hanuman Chatti – Janki Chatti, a total of 163km
Other routes: Rishikesh-Tehri- Kaddukhal Trek Length:7km from Janki Chatti, 13km from Hanuman Chatti Duration
:1 –2 days round trip
Tags: Mussorie, Damta Barkot,