India can easily be called the land of religious shrines. One such shrine is the Amarnath cave temple on the Amarnath caves in the state of Jammu & Kashmir. Going on a pilgrimage tour to Amarnath is regarded as something a devout Hindu, especially the Shaivites (Lord Shiva believers) must do at least once in his/her life time. Amarnath Yatra is highly venerated and pilgrims feel blissful and blessed when they witness the ice stalagmite shaped linga of Lord Shiva.
The significance of Amarnath Ji Yatra comes from the legend which is associated with Lord Shiva telling the secret for being eternal to his wife, Ma Parvati. To ensure that no other being hears the tale, Lord Shiva leaves all the elements he wears along the way.
The places where he leaves his moon, snakes and so on are other places for worship that are situated close to Amarnath. Lord Shiva tried hard to prevent all beings from listening to the secret, however, an egg below the place where he sat while telling the story, heard every word of it. Consequently, the pigeons that came out of the egg became immortal. They can be seen by pilgrims on the Amarnath Mountain.
Coming to the Yatra, it is by no means easy. Hard core pilgrims walk the steep hill from Baltal or take the longer journey by trekking along Chandwari via Sheshnag to the Amarnath cave shrine. There is also provision for helicopter ride to the shrine without hassles of walking and trekking for people who can pay a little extra money.
You can register for your Amarnath Yatra in the official website provided by the Jammu & Kashmir Government. You can also avail tour packages to Amarnath which will include some sightseeing as well. Indian Holiday provides Amarnath Yatra by Helicopter which starts from Baltal. The journeys are usually for 2 to 5 days depending on the package. They also include food, hotel accommodation at Srinagar, Baltal and/or Sonamarg.
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You can check the detailed itineraries given in the Indian Holiday website. The packages are focused on giving you a comfortable tour to Amarnath along with a taste of the place which is popularly known as the ‘Paradise on Earth’ – Kashmir, more importantly Srinagar. You will see the divine Mughal Gardens and stay in a houseboat which is a wonderfully relaxing experience.
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