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Yamunotri is a city in the Indian state of Uttarakhand.
Various waterfalls on the trek to the temple. Hot sulphur springs. If one has the resources like porters, mountaineering gear food, tent etc then one can also trek further up to Saptarishi. Mind you it is a very treacherous trek.
The destination of all pilgrims is usually to bath in the icy waters of Goddess Yamuna before having a darshan of the black idol of the Goddess herself in the main sanctum sanctorum. People usually have a dip in the taptkund adjacent to the temple before having a glimpse of the deity. The taptkund (natural hot sulphur springs) are said to have numerous medicinal properties. Some devotees however venture out to the river below to bath in its icy waters. It is said that Yamuna's brother, Lord Yama (god of death) had promised her that whoever takes a dip in her waters will be spared the excruciating tribulations of hell. The dip in the icy waters releases a sudden surge of energy in the body like that of electricity charging a dead battery.
Holy texts, idols, pictures of the temple and the deity (the original picture is not available anywhere as photography is strictly prohibited inside the sanctum sanctorum), beads etc. You won't find anything fancy in these places as the trip to these places is made not indulge in luxury but in natural bliss.
Satvik food devoid of any onion or garlic. The restaurant at the end of the row of hotels near the parking lot (on the right hand sideof the road) serves delicious food. You will also find food of average quality during the trek to the temple.