About Amarnath Yatra (J & K) Travel Information
Amarnath Yatra is one of the well known Yatra devoted to the Lord Shiva or Mahadev located at the height of around four thousand meters on the Amar Nath Mountain in Jammu & Kashmir. The Yatra of Amarnath is popular pilgrimage site for Hindus from the old days which is reported to be around 5000 years old. About 400,000 faithful devotees make their Yatra to Amarnath every year during the festival of Shravan Mela in June to August.There are several mythological stories related to Amarnath Yatra. According to one of the mythological tales of Amarnath, it is here in the cave of Amarnath Lord Shiva revealed the secrets of immortality to his wife Parvati and therefore that place was named Amreshwar and has become the a sanctuary of Hindu community. Amarnath Yatra attracted the tourists mainly for the Darshan of ice Shiva Linga along with two other ice formations representing Shri Ganesh and Mata Parvati.
Multiple Routes of Amarnath Holy Cave Yatra
Though the holy pilgrimage to Baba Amarnath is one of the toughest Yatra of spiritual tourism of India, still the devotees of Amarnath flock to this holy cave every year in lakhs and lakhs. Broadly speaking there are generally three routes that take the tourists to this holy place of Amarnath out of which two are from roadways and one is by airways i.e by helicopter.
1. Jammu - Pahalgam - Amarnath Cave
Jammu to Pahalgam is about 315 Km that can be covered by the conveyance of Taxi and Buses. The Government of Jammu & Kashmir has provided the facility of running Taxi and Buses from Raghunath Bazaar early in the morning but the visitors can also come to Jammu by air and then move Pahalgam. So, the holy Yatra of Amarnath starts from the first route of Pahalgam located at a distance of 96 Kms from Srinagar situated on the banks of Lidder River surrounded by the natural beauty of valleys and mountains. The important destinations covered under this route are Chandanwari 16 Kms away from Pahalgam, Pissu Top, Sheshnag second day s trek of 12 Kms from Chandanwari, Panchtarni, and finally the Holy Cave Shri Amarnath.
2. Jammu - Baltal - Amarnath
This is another route trek to reach to Amarnath from Jammu with a total distance of about 400 Kms. It is here on this trek route the visitors experience Jammu & Kashmir as a heaven or a paradise on earth while passing through the natural bounty of beautiful valleys, steeped mountains that make Amarnath Yatra memorable throughout the lifetime. The important destinations covered under this route are Udhampur - Kud - Patnitop - Ramban - Banihal Kazi Gund - Anantnag - Srinagar - Sonamarg - Baltal. The width of the pebbled road is somewhat narrow in comparison to Pahalgam route.
3. Helicopter Route To Amarnath
The holy Yatra to Amarnath glamoured the tourists when they are moving by helicopter passing through the tremendous wilderness, mountain and rambling forest. We are one of the best service providers with exciting helicopter rides to Amarnath. We are the best in market for helicopter Amarnath Yatra. Our helicopter services start from Sonmarg Baltal to Amarnath and Panjtarni to Amarnath.
Improve Your Physical Fitness
As Amarnath Yatra involves long distance of walking, so it is advisory to start preparatory morning / evening walk of about 4 - 5 Kms per day at least a month before the actual date of Yatra. This will make your Yatra smooth and trouble-free as your body already accustomed with long walking. Apart from walking, daily massage of body with mustard (sarson) oil or body oil and bathe in the lukewarm water helps your body to become flexible and you will not feel tired. This will also reduce the effect of sudden change in temperature & climate to a large extent.
2. Improve your Breathing Efficiency
As you walk through the trek, you may face the scarcity oxygen; that is why it is advisable to increase your body efficiency of oxygen through deep breathing exercise or through Yoga exercise like Prana Yam.
3. Useful Things to Take Along
You have to trek through high mountains like Pahalgam to Chandanwadi with an average walking distance of 4 hours; Chandanwadi to Sheshnag with a walking distance of 5 to 6 hours; Sheshnag to Panchtarni with a walking trek of 6 hours; and Panchtarni to Baba Amarnath Cave that finally takes 5 hours. While passing through these treks you may face number of problems like unpredictable climate that may change abruptly from sunny weather to rain and snow, the temperature may fall even up to (-5) degree C! So, prepare yourself by taking the essential belongings before departure.