Yamunotri Ropeway Project

Yamunotri Ropeway Project

The state government of Uttarakhand has inked a contract with two private firms to construct a ropeway to Yamunotri from Janki Chatti in Kharsali, situated at a height of over 10,000 ft in the Garhwal Himalayas. The trek from Janki Chatti to Yamunotri is 07 km.

The project will be executed by Uttarakhand Tourism Development Board. The ropeway is being built under public-private partnership (PPP) mode.

The length of the ropeway will be 3.38 km (aerial distance) and will be developed at a cost of Rs 166.82 crore.

The ropeway will cut down the travel time to just 20 minutes from the current 2 to 3 hours.

The two private companies are SRM Engineering Solutions Pvt. Ltd. and FIL Industries Pvt. Ltd. 

The 3.38 km long ropeway will be of mono-cable detachable type.

The construction of the ropeway is based on Mono-Cable Detachable Gondola system technology.

Yamunotri Dham

Greatly revered as the origin of the Yamuna, Yamunotri  is a Hindu sacred site of the first order. Its central temple, the shrine of Yamunotri, is an obligatory stop on the four Chota Char Dham pilgrimage circuit. 

Yamunotri Dham is part of Chota Char Dham– the four famous Hindu pilgrimages in the Himalayas. The other famous Hindu pilgrimages in the Himalayas are Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath.

Yamunotri is the source of the river Yamuna, a sacred river for the Hindus. It is located in the Garhwal region. Located at an altitude of 3,291 metres Yamunotri is in the Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand. The temple is accessible through a 14 km trek from Hanuman Chatti. The trek from Janki Chatti to Yamunotri is 07 km.   Janki Chatti is also known for thermal springs.

Hanuman Chatti 

Hanuman Chatti is located at the confluence of the Hanuman Ganga and Yamuna rivers and the trekking route to Dodi Tal starts here. 

Janki Chatti

Famous for its thermal springs,  Janki Chatti is located 7km before Yamunotri. 


Key Takeaways

  • A popular pilgrim place in India, Yamunotri temple was built in 1839 by Sundarshan Shah who was the ruler of Tehri. The Yamunotri Temple is situated at an elevation of about 3,235 meters amidst stunning natural beauty. Yamunotri is a place of immense spiritual significance for the Hindus. 
  • Yamunotri is the head of the goddess Yamuna.
  • A popular pilgrim place in India, Yamunotri temple was built in 1839 by Sundarshan Shah, ruler of Tehri.  The temple emits a sacred and spiritual energy.
  • Devotees either walk or use palanquins or ponies to reach the temple from Kharsali in Janki Chatti.