How to reach the Holy Amarnath Temple ?

The Holy Amarnath Cave (Temple) is located 141 km from Srinagar, the summer capital  and 360 km from  Jammu, the winter capital of Jammu and Kashmir. Both are popular routes to reach the Amarnath Shrine.

Pahalgam Route

It usually takes 5 days to reach the Cave via Pahalgam Base Camp.

Jammu – Pahalgam – Chandanwari – Pissu Top – Sheshnag – Panchtarni – Amarnath Cave

Read More: The Pahalgam Route to Holy Amarnath Cave

Jammu and Kashmir State Road Transport Corporation and Private Transport Operators provide the regular services from Jammu to Pahalgam and Baltal. Also privately hired taxis are available from Jammu & kashmir.

Baltal Route

It usually takes 2 days to reach the cave via Baltal Base Camp
It starts from Baltal and passes through Domial, Barari, and Sangam to reach the cave.

Read More:The Baltal Route to Holy Amarnath Cave

Regular Buses and Private Taxi are available connecting Baltal to different parts of Jammu and Kashmir

Dates for Amarnath Yatra 2014

Amarnath Yatra for the year 2014 is likely to commence from Mid June. The Dates and Schedule for Yatra would be announced in January. Here we present a Tentative Schedule for the much awaited Yatra.

Registration for the Yatra begins: March 1st,  2014

Helicopter Booking Begins: April 2014

Amarnath Yatra commences:  June  28, 2014

Amarnath Yatra Yatra Ends: August 10,  2014

 

What is Amarnath Yatra?

Amarnath Yatra is an annual pilgrimage to the holy shrine in Amarnath Cave located in the state of Jammu and Kashmir.  The cave is situated at an altitude of 3,888 m (12,756 ft). The shrine forms an important part of Hinduism  and is considered to be one of the holiest shrines in Hinduism. The cave itself is covered with snow most of the year except for a short period of time in summer when it is open for pilgrims.

Inside the 40 m (130 ft) high Amarnath cave, the Shivalinga is formed of Ice every year during the month of June-August, afterwards it melts.  According to Hindu beliefs,  the Shivlinga grows and shrinks with the phases of the moon reaching its height during the summer festival. Lakhs of devotees visit the holy shrine to  worship of the ice Shivlinga.

Legend is that this was the cave where God Shiva explained the secret of life and eternity to his divine consort, Goddess Parvati. Two other ice formations represent Parvati and Shiva’s son, Ganesha.

The Amarnath Cave is located  about 141 km from Srinagar (Summer Capital of J&K) and 360 km from Jammu (Winter Capital of J&K).  It can be reached either through the base camps of Pahalgam  and Baltal by foot, ponies or porters. Regular Helicopters Services also operate to the Holy Cave.

In 2011 about 634,000 pilgrims visited the Holy Cave, followed by 622,000 in 2012. However the number dropped to 350,000 in 2013.