A bit of background info, before i go ahead with our Yamunotri trek. The route we followed was Haridwar -> Dehradun -> Mussoorie -> Barkot -> SyanaChatti -> RanaChatti -> Hanuman Chatti -> JankiChatti -> Yamunotri.
From Barkot, the road is divided into 2 routes. One goes to Yamunotri and the Second road leads to Gangotri. So one needs to travel back till Barkot incase he/she wants to visit Gangotri or the Gangotri Glacier (which generally is the case). Gangotri Glacier is melting and hence the local government is taking proper actions for pilgrims / trekkers by allowing only limited number of visitors everyday.
Yamunotri is the western most of all the 4 Shrines. It is the source of river Yamuna, the twin sister of "Yama, the lord of death". According to an Indian mythology, one who bathes in river Yamuna, will be spared of tortous death. Yamunotri is located at an altitude of 3921 meters and one needs to trek from JankiChatti, the road ahead.
We took night halt @ SyanaChatti, which gets quite cold in night. The accomodation was quite cheap. We found an acceptable place (if not very decent) @ 200 Rs. per day. Generally it turns out to be costlier (upto 600 or 800 Rs) in June-July.
I needed to charge the battries for my camera to take more pics. I initiated the charging, mean while i started flipping through the Canon Manual to learn more about photography. This was my first trip after i bought myself a new camera(Canon S5IS). Thanks Pavan, for helping me find a decent camera.
Pilgrims can take night halt @ either Syana Chatti or Rana Chatti. Rana Chatti is some 3/4 kms from Syana Chatti.
I'll take a pause now, to explain how the tours work in this area. No body is allowed to travel @ night in Garhwal. The route is through the mountains and its quite risky to go ahead in the night. Barriers are set up at entries and exits. Entry and Exit after 8 pm is strictly restricted. However, pilgrims who have already left from one barrier before 8 pm are not denied Entry @ the next barrier.