Situated at an elevation of 1,220 meters above sea level, Barkot is one of the popular destinations situated in the Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand, India. The district is a part of Garhwal division. The Barkot city is surrounded on the north by the Dehradun district, on the northeast by Tibet, on the east by Chamoli, on the southeast by the Rudraprayag district and on the south by Tehri Garhwal district.
Barkot is a hill station, located in the higher Himalayan ranges. It receives water from two holy rivers, namely Ganga and Yamuna. The Yamunotri Dham is around 50 Km far from Barkot. A large number of devotees stay here on their visit to Yamunotri Dham. From Barkot, one can easily view magnificent peak of Banderpoonch and other massive peaks of the Himalayan range. This hill station is an ideal holidaying and adventure destination for nature lovers and adventurers as the place proffers with many beautiful scenic views and trekking excursions. The apple orchards, ravishing landscapes and gushing water of the sacred river Yamuna are the prime attractions of this place.
The nearest big town to Barkot is Tehri Garhwal, at a distance of about 90 Km.
Attractions & Places to Visit and Explore in Barkot
Yamunotri is one of the Char Dham and is also the first place to visit in the Char Dham Circuit. Thousands of tourist visit to Yamunotri temple of Goddess Yamuna from April to October. Yamunotri Temple was constructed by Maharaja Pratap Shah of Tehri Garhwal. The temple holds great significance amongst the Hindus as the places is source of the Yamuna River which is one of the major rivers of India. This sacred temple is located at 3,235mts above sea level and it could be reached by an easy trek of 13kms. Barkot is situated 49kms before Yamunotri.
There are many natural thermal springs in Yamunotri of which Surya Kund is renowned. The water of Surya Kund has a surprising temperature of 1900F. Pilgrims tie potatoes and rice to cook it by immersing it under water of Surya Kund. After cooking it is served as ‘prasad’.
It is the commencement point of the trek to two popular destinations Yamunotri and Dodi Tal. Yamunotri is situated 13km from Hanuman Chatti which has to be covered by foot or on ponies. Jeeps are also available upto Janki Chatti which is 6km from Hanuman Chatti. Hanuman Chatti is the confluence of Hanuman Ganga and Yamuna River. You can purchase food items and raincoats from Hanuman Chatti.
How to Reach Here
By air: Jolly Grant is the nearest airport to Barkot situated at a distance of 161kms in Dehradun district. Barkot is well connected by motorable roads with Jolly Grant Airport. Taxis are available from Jolly Grant airport to Barkot.
By road: Barkot is well connected with motorable roads from major destinations of Garhwal region like Tehri, Dehradun, Uttarkashi and Rishikesh etc. Barkot is well accessible with major districts of Uttarakhand like Uttarkashi, Tehri Garhwal, Pauri Garhwl and Dehradun. Barkot is situated 395kms from Delhi which can be covered in 11-12 hours drive. Taxis and buses are easily available to Barkot from Mussoorie, Uttarkashi, Rishikesh and Tehri.
By rail: The nearest railheads to Barkot are Rishikesh and Dehradun. Dehradun is situated 132kms and Rishikesh is located 160kms from Barkot. Buses and Taxis are easily available from major destinations of Uttarakhand state like Rishikesh, Mussoorie, Dehradun, Uttarkashi, Tehri, etc.
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