The Route to Amarnath Cave can be significantly covered by Helicopters. These Choppers operate from Pahalgam and Baltal to Panchtarni. Pilgrims have to cover the 6km distance from Panchtarni to the Holy Cave by foot or pony or porter.
These Helicopters are operated by Shri Amarnath Shrine Board in association with several private players. A Two way Helicopter Trip from Pahalgam/Baltal alone would cost around ₹3000 (or $50). Pilgrims can also opt for one way trip by Helicopter for ₹1500.
Several Tourist Operators offer Helicopter Packages which are inclusive of value added services like Accommodation, Food, Road Transport, Yatra Permits etc. These are priced higher (as much as ₹20000) and are generally advertised as Helicopter Packages. Pilgrims are advised to carefully read the package descriptions before booking any Helicopter Service.
Online Helicopter Booking
The Helicopter Bookings for Amarnath Yatra normally commence in April every year. There are many websites which offer online booking for Helicopter. A List of Tour Operators would be updated once Shri Amarnath Shrine Board announces commencement for Helicopter Bookings.