Amarnath Yatra

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*Map showing location of Amarnath Cave and also Rivers, Major roads nearby this holy place. Disclaimer

Amarnath is located in Jammu and Kashmir and is popular Hindu pilgrimage site. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the Amarnath Temple is one among the most revered Hindu pilgrimage places in India.
According to Hindu mythology it is believed that this is where Lord Shiva explained the secret of life and eternity to his wife Parvati. Inside the main Amarnath Cave sits a giant ice stalagmite that is supposed to resemble the Shiva Ling and every year thousands of pilgrims make this difficult trek up into the mountains to show their devotion to Lord Shiva. The ice Shiva Ling forms between the months of May to August and then gradually melts away. The other ice formations in this cave represent Shiv and Parvati's son Ganesh.

The dates for the Amarnath Yatra this year are from 28 June 2014 to 10 August 2014. Registration can be done online through the Amarnath Yatra official website

Children who are below the age of 13 years and persons above the age of 75 years will not be eligible to undertake the Amarnath Yatra 2014.

How to Reach Amarnath

Air: The closest airport to Amarnath is Srinagar, located at a distance of around 95 km from Pahalgam, the base camp for Amarnath Yatra. Srinagar is connected to major cities in India by airlines such as Air India, GoAir, IndiGo, Jet Airways, JetKonnect and Spicejet.

Pawan Hans and Himalayan Heli Helicopters also fly to Amarnath and can be booked through their official websites or or

Rail: The nearest railhead to Amarnath is Jammu, located at a distance of around 281 km from Pahalgam, the base camp for Amarnath Yatra. Major trains connecting Amarnath to other parts of the country are:
  • Delhi: Jammu Rajdhani
  • Chennai: Andaman Express
  • Howrah: Himgiri Express
  • Ahmedabad: Sarvodaya Express
  • Jamnagar: Jam Jat Express
  • Pune: Jhelum Express
Road: It is possible to travel to Amarnath by bus or taxi. Taxis and buses are available for travel from Jammu to Pahalgam (a total distance of 281 km). Buses and taxis can be hired from the Tourist Reception Centre (Jammu and Kashmir Government), located at Raghunath Bazaar (bookings can only be made early in the morning).

The journey by road (walking) passes through Pahalgam - Chandanwari - Pissu Top - Sheshnag - Panchtarni and then finally reaching the holy cave of Amarnath.

Accommodation in Amarnath

Many government and non-government, charitable organizations provide tent accommodation and community kitchen (Langar) facilities to pilgrims at a very nominal price or at times even free of cost.

Important Tips for Amarnath Yatra:
  • Achieve physical fitness a month before the Yatra.
  • Begin deep breathing exercise as there is lack of oxygen at high altitudes.
  • Carry warm and comfortable clothes during the Yatra as temperatures can drop radically.
  • Carry a raincoat and torch as it might rain or snow during the Yatra
  • Keep some identification of yourself with you all the time
  • Carry a water bottle and some dry fruits to snack on the journey
  • Keep a moisturizer or a cold cream to protect your skin from dry conditions
  • Always follow instructions given by the Yatra Administration
  • Carry basic medication along with you
  • Take regular breaks and try not to exert yourself too much during the climb
Last Updated on : July 16, 2014