Barkot is situated at an elevation of 1,220mts above sea level in Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand state. Barkot is a popular destination of northeast region of Uttarakhand state. Barkot is located 49kms from the sacred Yamunotri Dham. The magnificent Banderpoonch peak and other massive peaks of the Himalayan range are distinctly visible from Barkot. It is an ideal holidaying and adventure destination as the place offers many trekking excursions.
It is the commencement point of the trek to two popular destinations Yamunotri and Dodi Tal. Yamunotri is situated 13km from Hanuman Chatti which has to be covered by foot or on ponies. Jeeps are also available upto Janki Chatti which is 6km from Hanuman Chatti. Hanuman Chatti is the confluence of Hanuman Ganga and Yamuna River. You can purchase food items and raincoats from Hanuman Chatti.
There are many natural thermal springs in Yamunotri of which Surya Kund is renowned. The water of Surya Kund has a surprising temperature of 1900F. Pilgrims tie potatoes and rice to cook it by immersing it under water of Surya Kund. After cooking it is served as prasad.
Yamunotri is one of the Char Dham and is also the first place to visit in the Char Dham Circuit. Thousands of tourist visit to Yamunotri temple of Goddess Yamuna from April to October. Yamunotri Temple was constructed by Maharaja Pratap Shah of Tehri Garhwal. This sacred temple is located at 3,235mts above sea level and it could be reached by an easy trek of 13kms. Barkot is situated 49kms before Yamunotri.