though we could have reached Yamunotri city Vaya airways or by road we prefer to reach by train and then cover the rest of the kilometers by cab. this gave us a unique opportunity of passing through away rich with scenic beauty. on reaching the city firstly and foremost we decided to book in a local tourist resort set on a hilltop and with a clear view of the silver waters of the Yamuna river. there are many options for staying in the city but these small resorts are best as decide to provide all facilities. they provide a home-like atmosphere in a place 1000 kilometers away from home. my group had decided to spend the night camping in the famous hanuman chatti. after checking in and having garhwali delicious snacks we decided to visit the Yamunotri temple Surya kund and the national park. the visit to the Yamunotri temple was an experience beyond. the beautiful temple promises a scene to deacon all the tourists to come in the protection of lord Yamunotri. the beautiful place located at a height of 3133 meters. we felt that there may be man spots of pilgrimage between heaven and earth but none is as splendid as Yamunotri. after offering prayers we reached Surya kund which is just below the temple. this is a natural thermal spring that has healing properties and it is an experience both comforting and mystical. it will be not wrong to mention the Himalayan peak set in the background of the temple which becomes golden at the time of sunset and sunrise. after visiting these places we decided to have a meal at the Yamunotri restaurant some distance away from the temple. the vegetarian dishes served were very extraordinary because of the use of specific spices. all this while we had to wear heavy warmers as the temperature was almost freezing and the wind was strong. the tantalizing waters of the river and an atmosphere of the mystery of thousands of year old culture coupled with the continuous warmth of the human community around you feels you with being and essential parts of the universal cosmos. at night we had reached camping site of Hanuman chatti and the greatly excited to experience a night under the shines of stars. they were any other groups on the site hence there was no question of loneliness. armed with a delicious packed dinner and warmers we were actually in sync with mother nature. the whole group was looking for an opportunity to have a hot drink and filling meals. many small and beautiful roadside food stalls fulfilled our desire sufficiently.in all our experience one common element was reh friendly and welcoming of the attitude of the local people. you never fault that you do not belong there. the people, mother nature, the magnificent mountain, te flowing rivers all open their arms to the traveller.as if inviting him to visit again and again. very soon it was time to start packing for the return journey. but this time we were accompanied by the beautiful memories of the Yamunotri which were not the only invaluable but also timeless.