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Amarnath Yatra - Pay Homage to the Immortal Lord

by afiatajdar 5 year, 10 months ago

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 remains flooded by the pilgrims who come here to pay homage to the famous cave temple of Amarnath. There are various legends and mythological beliefs associated with this cave temples and thousands of tourists from all over the world come here to bow their heads in front of the lord who in return fulfills their wishes. The main attraction to seen in the cave on tours to Kashmir is the ice lingam .

The booking for the Yatra is done almost a month before the travel so it is essential that you register early and be in constant touch with them. Pilgrims can contact the tourist offices in Srinagar (0194-2452690) and in Jammu (0191-2548172).

Amarnath Cave - The Legend
The legacy of Amarnath revolves around Lord Shiva and various incidents associated with him. It is said that Lord Shiva chose this cave to reveal the secrets of creation of the world and immortality o his wife, Goddess Parvati. Two mating pigeons over heard the secrets revealed by the Lord and became immortal. It is believed that these two pigeons are born again and again and many tourists even claim to have seen them on their journey to the shrine.

The cave gained imminence only after being discovered by a shepherd named Buta Malik. The story goes like this that once this shepherd received a bag filled with coal from a sage. After returning home, when he opened the sack it was filled with gold coins. The overwhelmed shepherd went back to thank the sage but instead found the cave with a ice lingam at the spot. Since then the cave has been revered as one of the holiest shrines in India.

Location
The holy cave of Amarnath is located at a distance of 46 kms from Pahalgam and 117 kms from Srinagar. The height at which the cave is located is 3888 mts above sea level. To reach the cave it takes around 2-3 days through trekking as no other means of transport is available. The cave is open only during the months Mid of June till mid of August when the darshans can be done.

Ways to Reach the Holy Cave
Trekking is by far the most popular way of reaching the shrine. Three are two ways that tourists can take.

1st Route - 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. You can include a trip to Pahalgam, Seshnag, Panchtarni and near the holy cave as well.

2nd Route - The trek on this route begins from Baltal and the total distance to the Amarnath Cave is around 15 kms. There is no accommodation available and this trek needs to 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.

Besides, trekking pilgrims also have the option of hiring palanquins and porters. Pilgrims can take the Palanquin (Rs 7,000), pony (Rs 2,300) and porters (Rs 1,100) to and fro route between Chandanwari and the holy cave.

Alternatively on the route from Baltal, pilgrims can hire Ponies (Rs 1,100), Palanquins (Rs 3,500) and porters (Rs 700).

For recent, helicopter rides too are available. The pick up point is Baltal and it takes one fro the pooja and darshan at Amarnath which takes almost an hour and brings back the pilgrim to Baltal. Helicopters can be takes from Pahalgam as well. The cost of the chopper is Rs 2,425/- from Baltal and Rs. 3,800 from Pahalgam. Children below 12 years are charged with half the price of the an adult. For more info on booking the helicopter rides to Amarnath, log on to http://www.amarnathyatra.org/

To know more about the routes to take and information related to it, please click on http://www.amarnathji.com/amarnath-trekking.html

Precautionary Measures While on the Yatra
Before taking the long journey to the Amarnath Caves there are a few precautionary measures that one should cater to.

1. The climatic condition is very unpredictable and temperature can drop to even -5 degrees. So it is important that you carry woollens.
2. It is extremely critical the the pilgrimage seeker is in a good health condition as trekking to the cave can be very tedious. One has the option of taking palanquin, porters and ponies, but they do not cover the entire distance.
3. Ensure the the pony wala, palanquin bearers and porters are registered and carry a token. Also their rates are fixed and one need not pay more that what has been fixed by the official tourism board.
4. Food items and medicial kit should be carried, though medical services is free during the trek.
5. Alcohol is not at all permissible.
6. While on the trek, maintain discipline, follow the regular route and do not dirty the area by throwing waste.  
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Thanks for very use full information about AMARNATH YATRA with distance and all kind of information required for the trip.visitors please follow accordingly for safety, and pleasant trip.
Posted by sunderlal goel 4 year, 9 months ago

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