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, Jammu and Kashmir

(Amarnath is also known as Amarnath Yatra / Amarnath Temple)
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State: Jammu and Kashmir
District: Anantnag
Famous for/as: Pilgrim
Languages: Dogri, Kashmiri, Hindi
Best Season: May - Oct
Weather: Summer 5 to 40°C Winter -14 to 24°C
Altitude: 4175 m
Pincode: 192126
STD code: 01936
Amarnath in the snowy peaks of the majestic Himalayas is quite famed for the holy cave of the destroyer god who resides there with his consort Parvati and son Ganesha. One among the most venerated pilgrim site in the entire subcontinent, Amarnath or the abode of the immortal god transcends all other holy places with its absolute divinity and tranquility. This devout location, at a soaring height of 4,175 meters boasts of so many fabulous myths and legends about Lord Shiva.

The popular belief is that it was here at the holy cave of Amarnath that lord Shiva narrated to Parvati about the mysteries behind the creation. Two mating doves accidentally heard this heavenly conversation and were able to know the secret of births and the devotees believe that these doves were born again and again and made the cave as their perpetual abode. Though a legendary belief so many devotees testified that they had seen a pair of doves in the snow covered Amarnath caves.

Kashmir was a celebrated center of Shaivaite traditions right from the 1st millennium CE. The earliest mention of Amarnath can be traced back to the 6th century Sanskrit text Nilamata Purana where the ritualistic and cultural life of the early inhabitants of Kashmir has been elaborately described. The historic cave of Amarnath found it’s rendering in many of the momentous works of the ancient scholars.

The sheer beauty of the snowy paths supplemented by post card sceneries makes the arduous voyage to the highest pilgrim center a mesmerizing allure. It is unquestionably a once in a lifetime experience that would not be missed by any Shiva Devotee. Nature has been so generous here at this snowy region and the cave presents an unbelievably serene ambiance to be in unison with the almighty.

There are 2 major routes which can be taken in order to reach the holy cave
  • The first route begins from Pahalgam and covers a distance of 47 kms. The route to follow is Pahalgam - Nunwan- Chandanwari (16 kms) - Pissu Top (3 kms) - Sheshnag (9kms) - Panchtarni (13 kms) - Amarnath Cave (6kms). There are only a few cities where one can stay while on the route and they are Pahalgam, Seshnag, Panchtarni and near the holy cave as well. Pilgrims can take the Palanquin (Rs 7,000), pony (Rs 2,300) and porters (Rs 1,100) to and fro between Chandanwari and the holy cave.
  • The trek on this route begins from Baltal and the total distance to the Amarnath Cave is around 15 kms. The route to be followed is Baltal-Domail-Baragi-Sangam-Holy cave. There is no accommodation available and this trek can be undertaken in a single day. Also please note that in spite of being shorter this route is very steep and often prone to landslides. Alternatively on the route from Baltal, pilgrims can hire Ponies (Rs 1,100), Palanquins (Rs 3,500) and porters (Rs 700). Please note that at the Baltal base camp your phone might not work but there are many telephone booths available that are connected via satellites.

Helicopter services are also available for reaching Amarnath. The pickup point is Baltal takes the pilgrims to the holy cave for the pooja and darshan, which takes almost an hour, and brings back the pilgrim to Baltal. Helicopters can be taken from Pahalgam as well. The cost of the chopper is Rs 2,425/- from Baltal and Rs. 3,800 from Pahalgam, per person. Children below 12 years are charged with half the price of the adult. Helicopter land at Panjtarni which is around 4 km from Amarnath and from here tourists need to continue their journey via trekking or hiring ponies or palanquin on Kashmir holiday packages.

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Amarnath Yatra - Pay Homage to the Immortal Lord

  by Afia Ahmad  on Feb 11, 2011
Plan a pilgrimage tour to Amarnath and pay homage to one of the most revered site in the world. More than thousands of religious people come here every year to seek the blessing of Lord Shiva.

Jammu and Kashmir - The Journey to the Mystical Mountains

  by Afia Ahmad  on Feb 11, 2011
Jammu and Kashmir is the replica of heaven on Earth and is famous all over the world for its ethereal beauty. Enjoy a holiday in Kashmir to experience the best of nature and man made attraction.

Pilgrimage in Kashmir - Amalgam of Faiths

  by Afia Ahmad  on Feb 11, 2011
This article bring forth information on some of the holiest pilgrims in Jammu and Kashmir. Plan a pilgrim tours to Kashmir and cleanse your heart and soul by bowing at some of the most revered sites in the country.


The history of Amarnath dates back to the times of Aryaraja (34 BCE to 17 CE) who used to spend his summers here worshipping an ‘ice lingam’ that was then located in the regions that was beyond the forest. The city also finds its reference in the Rajatarangini, wherein the city was mentioned as ‘Amareshwara’.

The city has also been mentioned by Kalhana and its sequel ‘Rajataringini’ that talks about the records of Kashmir. During the years 1420 – 1470, the city was visited by Sultan Zain’l-abidin, who constructed the canal that today is known as Shah Kol.

Travel within city

Amaranth is holy city which is the home to the ice lingam. It is an important tourist destination. It is well connected to other parts of Jammu and Kashmir and indirectly connected to the rest of India through the city of Jammu and also Srinagar.

There are frequent helicopter services from Srinagar during the pilgrimage season. The nearest railway station is at Jammu and it is connected to most parts of the country. Helicopters are the easiest way to travel to Amaranth, however they are expensive. Helicopter plus boarding packages can cost up to Rs 50,000. These include stay at Srinagar and also railway station drop services. Helicopter lands at Panjtarni, which is 2 kms from the cave. Helicopters are usually full and not bookable via travel agents these days. Also, many times helicopters may break down and refunds are given in that case. For more information on helicopter services on Amaranth, please refer

In order to reach Amarnath by road the traveler can take a taxi to Baltal which is 115 km from the city. From Baltal it is a 14.5 km to the Amarnath caves. This can be done only on foot. This takes around 13 hours. In order to reach the cave and take a holy dip pilgrims and travelers have to walk further up the hill. There are no vehicles allowed near the caves and entire trip is done on foot. Generally most pilgrims opt for packaged tours from Srinagar and this includes all the travel as well.

Comments (2) Reviews (5)
helo, pl help me the road/train track status for going to amaranth in the month of jul 2013
Posted by dharm singh 2 year, 9 months ago
nice place for travel in amarnath
Posted by sushant chopra 3 year, 9 months ago

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