Located very close to Janki Chatti, Kharsali is among the best places for sightseeing around Yamunotri.Kharsali is a quaint little village located in the town of Uttarkashi.Visiting Kharsali has now become easier than before as the government has decided to keep open the Char Dham Yatra during winters, devotees can worship Goddess Yamuna at Kharsali during the winters.
Importance of Kharsali is known as the home of Goddess Yamuna during winters when the Yamunotri Shrine becomes inaccessible due to heavy snowfall.
Kharsali also houses the oldest Shani Dev Temple of India; the idol of Goddess Yamuna is kept at the Shani Dev Temple during the winters.The temple in itself is a beautiful piece of architecture, the temple made up of stones, wood and a mortar made up by Urad dal (Pulse), has surprisingly withstood earthquakes and other natural calamities since ages. It is believed that the temple was built by the Pandavas.
Every year on the occasion of Bhai Dooj which is two days after Diwali, the idol of Goddess Yamuna is brought to the temple and prayed here till the end of winters.
Another interesting attraction here is an ancient Lord Shiva temple. Here Lord Shiva is depicted in his Someshwar form.
Helecopter services are available to Kharsali from Dehradun.