Amarnath Yatra in Pahalgam, Jammu & Kashmir
Head towards one of the most revered shrines in the Himalayas
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Best time to visit
Mar - Oct
About Amarnath Yatra in Pahalgam
Nestled at a height of about 12,756 feet, the most famous and revered shrine of Amarnath is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Every year, lakhs of devotees embark on Amarnath Yatra in Pahalgam during Shravani Mela, i.e. Shravan month as per the Hindu calendar. And, it is the only time when the sacred cave of Amarnath is accessible. Located at a distance of about 141 km from the capital of Jammu and Kashmir- Srinagar, the Amarnath Cave can be reached through the hill station of Pahalgam without any hassle.
History of Amarnath
It is believed that when Goddess Parvati asked Lord Shiva about his immortality and the reason behind wearing garland of heads, then Lord Shiva revealed his secret to immortality and the secret of his creation of Universe in a cave, which was difficult to be reached by common people. As a pair of doves heard this conversation, they became Amar. Hence, lakhs of people embark on Amarnath Dham Yatra during Shravan month to seek blessings of Lord Shiva, Goddess Parvati, and Lord Ganesh to receive the boon of immortality.
Highlights of Amarnath
The major highlight of Amarnath Cave is the ice stalagmite of Shiva Linga form, which grows in size during every season of Shravan, and then gradually wanes after that. It is accompanied by two other ice lingams, which are referred to as Parvati and Ganesh.
As per the religious beliefs, it is also said that the ice lingam grows and shrinks in accordance with the phase of the moon, and thus it reaches its maximum height during the summer festival.
The Amarnath Temple Yatra starts from Skanda Shashti as per Hindu calendar, and it lasts till the purnima of Shravan month, which also marks the festival of Raksha Bandhan. However, the actual journey of devotees starts when they reach the base camp.
Two Routes to Amarnath Yatra
There are ways to reach Amarnath temple in Pahalgam, one is taking Pahalgam Yatra Track and Baltal Yatra Track.
Pahalgam Route: Going from Pahalgam is the most famous route and taken by the majority of people. Though the route is longer and the trek takes around 3 to 5 days. The Amarnath Yatra route from Pahalgam is wider than other routes. The entire route is crowded by ponies. For safety reasons, this route is most preferred.
Srinagar Route: This route is shorter than compared to Pahalgam Route. The route goes through Baltal, Domial, Barari, and Sangam. With this route, one can cover the distance within 1-2 days. On this route ponies are not allowed, one needs to walk and cover the distance. This route has a steep trek and is not very safe. Owing to safety reasons, many people don’t prefer the Srinagar route.
Amarnath Yatra In Helicopter
Amarnath Temple in Pahalgam can be reached via a helicopter as well. The starting point to board the helicopter is a Baltal helipad and Pahalgam helipad. Against one debit/credit card, a maximum of 5 bookings can be done. For safety reasons, it is recommended kids below 13 years, elders above 75, and more than 6 weeks pregnant females should not undertake the pilgrimage.
Journey to The Cave From the Drop-off
If one is opting for a helicopter ride, they will be dropped at Panjtarni. The drop point is around 6 kilometers away from the Amarnath Caves. One can hire Palki or opt for pony rides to reach the place.
People who are going to Amarnath Yatra in Pahalgam via a helicopter must furnish CHC (Compulsory Health Certificate).
Carry eatables like dry fruits, chocolates, and cheese cubes to get proper calories.
Carry woolen clothes, raincoats, gloves, and an umbrella.
Pack waterproof shoes, torch, and stick.
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The longer trek to Amarnath Cave that goes through Pahalgam is about 36 to 48 km in distance. And, it takes about 3 to 5 days to cover the whole distance.
There are two routes to get to the Amarnath Shrine- shorter one via Baltal and longer one via Pahalgam. You can choose to return from the shrine via Baltal in order to reach base camp as early as possible.
You can make a maximum of 5 bookings while using a single debit/credit card for helipad in order to reach Amarnath Cave from Pahalgam or Baltal. And, you cannot use the same card for booking for the consequent 3 weeks post that.
Yes, cameras are allowed in Amarnath Yatra.
Amarnath caves are around 6 kilometers away from the helipad.
One needs to register for the Amarnath Yatra and the application forms are available online by SASB. These forms also can be obtained from the designated Bank Branch.
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