India can easily be called the land of religious shrines. One such shrine is the Amarnath cave temple in 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 their lifetime. Hence, Amarnath Yatra is highly revered, and pilgrims feel blissful and blessed when they witness the ice stalagmite-shaped linga of Lord Shiva.
The Significance of Amarnath Yatra
The significance of Amarnath Ji Yatra comes from the legend, which is associated with Lord Shiva telling the secret of being eternal to his wife, Ma Parvati. To ensure that no other 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 close to Amarnath. Lord Shiva tried hard to prevent all beings from listening to the secret. However, an egg below where he sat while telling the story heard every word of it. Consequently, the pigeons that came out of the egg became immortal. Pilgrims can see them on Amarnath Mountain.
Details of Amarnath Yatra
Coming to the Yatra is by no means easy. Hard-core pilgrims walk the steep hill from Baltal or take the long journey by trekking along Chandwari via Sheshnag to the Amarnath cave shrine. There is also provision for a helicopter ride to the shrine without the hassles of walking and trekking for people who can pay a little extra money.
You can register for your Amarnath Yatra on the official website of the Jammu & Kashmir governments. You can also avail of tour packages to Amarnath, which will include some sightseeing. Indian Holiday provides Amarnath Yatra by Helicopter, which starts from Baltal. The journeys usually take 2 to 5 days, depending on the package. They also include food and hotel accommodations at Srinagar, Baltal, and Sonamarg.
You can check the detailed itineraries given on the Indian Holiday website. The packages are focused on providing you with a comfortable tour of 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.