High up in a deep cleft on the western face of the Banderpoonch Peak is Yamunotri, traditionally the first destination on the Char Dham Yatra. Yamunotri, the source of the Yamuna River and the seat of the goddess Yamuna, is one of the four sites in India’s Char Dham pilgrimage. It is the western most amongst the Chardham and is visited first on a Chardham trip. The temple itself stands on the foothill of Kalinda Parvata (parvata means hill) close to a thermal springswhich refreshes the pilgrims before they offer prayers in the shrine. However, the actual source of Yamunotri is a lake, 12 kilometres from here with the name of Saptrishi Kund. A difficult guided trek will bring you here. Most pilgrims offer prayers at the shrine itself, since the trek is very difficult to take.