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Amarnath Tourism | How to Plan a Trip to Amarnath

The sacred Amarnath Yatra takes one to the holy abode of Baba Barfani (Lord Shiva). Nestled amidst astounding vistas and commanding a challenging trek, the sacred cave enshrining the ice lingam presents a sight to behold.

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Amarnath Tourism | Amarnath Travel Guide

Delve into the eternal knowledge of life and death with the Amarnath Yatra. Although commanding an arduous trek, the holy vacation is one of India's most revered pilgrimages. The ultimate destination of the spiritual expedition is Amarnath Cave which is flocked by the ardent devotees of Lord Shiva. If you are looking for complete details about Amarnath tourism, you have landed at the right place. This Amarnath travel guide will give you insight into this sacred destination.

Marveling at the naturally formed ice lingam of the almighty after undertaking the challenging journey is a blissful retreat. Add to it awe-inspiring vistas en route that take the weariness away. The sojourn is a superb amalgamation of the culture, ethos, religious fervor, and secularism and can only be experienced in person.

History of Amarnath Ji Yatra

The history of the Amarnath Ji Yatra is as fascinating as the voyage itself. Helping you feel the presence of the divine at every stop you halt, the religious Yatra never fails to prove the absolute divinity of Lord Shiva. Many mythical stories are interwoven in and around the holy cave. Out of the many, one most popular states that Lord Shiva once disclosed the eternal truth of life and death to Goddess Parvati in this sacred cave only.

However, to let only Goddess Parvati know the secret and maintain privacy, Lord Shiva left many of his belongings en route. There are two routes to Amarnath Yatra. Out of the two, one starts from Pahalgam, which is the place where Lord left his Nandi (bull) behind. Then comes Chandanwari, where Shiva dropped the idea of carrying the half-moon he always bears on his head ahead. Next on the line is Pissu Top, where God killed a devil.

His son and snake (Sheshnaag) accompanied him till Mahagunas top and Sheshnaag Lake, respectively, hence the name. Before entering the cave, Shiva left his five elements at Panchatrani. Finally comes the cave where the secret of immortality was disclosed. Located 13,000 feet above sea level, this cave is believed to be as old as time. The Shiva Lingam in the cave becomes almost 14 feet tall on a full-moon day. However, it starts to descend with the phases of the moon.

Despite all the efforts to maintain privacy, a pair of pigeons overheard the secret, whereas Goddess Parvati fell asleep. Devotees can still see these pigeons in the cave. The sacred place remained hidden for many years. It was in 1850 that one day a Muslim shepherd named Buta Malik saw the Amarnath cave and the Shiva Lingam while grazing his cattle. Since then, it has become one of India's most famous pilgrim destinations.

Facilities of Amatnath Yatra

Although, planning Amarnath Yatra is complicated. But, with time, pilgrims can avail various facilities en route to Amarnath Cave. Out of the many, a handful of services are mentioned below:

  • Accommodations

A trek to the Shri Amarnath Ji shrine is not just a pilgrimage. Instead, it is a medley of various experiences. Surpassing the many, camping on the ice under the stars is truly exceptional. From Srinagar to Pahalgam, you will find multiple budgets and luxury hotels for a comfortable stay. Afterward, you can easily rent tents at Sheshnaag Lake, Panchtarni, and ultimately at Gufa if traveling by the Pahalgam route. On the other hand, no tents on the Baltal route are available since it completes the Yatra only within a day. However, you can still avail the facility of pre-fabricated huts at Baltal itself.

  • Cloak Room

Devotees can avail cloakroom facility at Nunwan (Pahalgam), Balatal, and the holy cave. However, a nominal fee must be paid as charges for 24 hours or part thereof.

  • Pithus, Ponies and Palkis

For the ease of the visitors coming to Amarnath, facilities of Pithus, Ponies, and Palkis are also offered. While Pithus carry the luggage and children, Ponies can be used by ones unable to undertake the trek. Palki service is for senior citizens and overweight devotees. The rates of Pithus, Ponies, and Palkis are fixed and are available on the official website of the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board.

  • Amarnath yatra Helicopter Services

Amarnath Yatra by helicopter is a boon for many. Available from both Pahalgam and Baltal routes, the heli service in Amarnath allows devotees to fly to the holy cave easily. Booking for the helicopter service to the Amarnath cave can be done online, and rates are fixed for the same.

Nowadays, the Amarnath Yatra lasts for up to 45 days. It usually starts in June and ends on Raksha Bandhan in August. However, the best time to plan Amarnath Yatra is during the initial days to witness the ice lingam before it melts. This year, the Amarnath Yatra 2022 will start on 30th June and end on 11th August.

How to Reach Amarnath:

To reach Amarnath by air, one must deboard at Srinagar International Airport. If you wish to travel by train, the nearest railway station is Jammu. Devotees who are coming here by road can drive their vehicle up to Pahalgam. So bask in the bliss as you are ready to pay homage to Baba Barfani awaiting his devotees at Amarnath.

For any additional information regarding the tourism of Amarnath Yatra, you can keep in touch with us. You can also plan your yatra through our Amarnath tour packages with the help of our tour experts.

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