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State: Jammu and Kashmir
District: Ganderbal
Famous for/as: Scenic, Pilgrim
Languages: Kashmiri, Hindi
Best Season: Apr - Oct
Weather: Summer 9 to 35°C, Winter -8 to 19°C.
Altitude: 3000 m
STD code: 01932
Right at the foot of the Zoji-la pass is the beautiful meadow is Baltal which is around 15 km from Sonamarg at an altitude of 2,743 m, and serves the base camp for Amarnathiji yatra. Through a meandering trek of 14 km from Baltal, one can reach the Holy Cave and during the Amarnath pilgrimage, tents are also set up here. One can hire taxi or take a bus from Sonmarg for Baltal and it will take approximately 1 hour.

Tourists can directly reach Baltal from Pahalgam as well which is just 24 km away and takes approximately 45 mins on bis. For those tourists wanting to indulge in trekking to Baltal from Pahalgam will take around 5 hours.

Baltal is known for its scenic views. The tents available here are affordable and tourists need to either trek to hire ponies to reach the cave. Tourists can also take helicopter services from Baltal that will drop the yatris till Panjtarni which is 5 km from the cave in just 7 minutes. The journey further to the cave needs to be covered on foot or ponies. From Baltal to the holy cave and back, ponies will cost around Rs 1,700.

The 14 km long steep trek will take almost 4 hours for the tourists to reach the cave. Large number of free langars are also available in Baltal for the pilgrims and many small tea shops will also be available enroute on Kashmir holiday packages.
To visit and experience Jammu and Kashmir hassle-free, view tour packages in kashmir.

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