Languages: Dogri, Kashmiri, Hindi
Best Season: May - Oct
Weather: Summer 5 to 40°C Winter -14 to 24°C
Altitude: 4175 m
Amaranth is holy city which is the home to the ice lingam. Amarnath in the snowy peaks of the majestic Himalayas is quite
famed for the holy cave of the destroyer god who resides there
with his consort Parvati and son Ganesha. One among the most
venerated pilgrim site in the entire subcontinent, Amarnath or
the abode of the immortal god transcends all other holy places
with its absolute divinity and tranquility. This devout
location, at a soaring height of 4,175 meters boast of so many
fabulous myths and legends about Lord Shiva.
The popular belief is that it was here at the holy cave of
Amarnath that lord Shiva narrated to Parvati about the
mysteries behind the creation. Two mating doves accidentally
heard this heavenly conversation were able to know the secret
of births and the devotees believe that these doves were born
again and again and made the cave as their perpetual abode.
Though a legendary belief so many devotees testified that they
had seen a pair of doves in the snow covered Amarnath caves.
A holy cave in the name of lord Shiva at an altitude of 3888
meter, Amarnath cave is an integral part of ancient Hindu
mythology. Believed to be 5000 years old, this cave adorns a
special significance since as per the legends, it was here
that the lord explained the secrets of life to his beloved
The entire area that surrounds the shrine would be under the
cover of snow all around the year except in the months of
June, July and August. So the cave temple is open only these
days. In spite of the bad weather and rainy season, thousands
of devotees make this short time to pay their obeisance to AmarnathAmarnath Yatra
Amarnathji Yatra : via Baltal Route (Sonamarg)
Baltal, 15 km from Sonamarg at an altitude of 2743 m , is the
base camp of Amarnathji yatra . The meandering trek of 14 k
from Baltal leads to the Holy Cave . You can easily return the
same day by early evening to Baltal where ample tents are
available at affordable cost. Panies and Danies from Baltal
can also be hired at fixed government rates. Now operate
Helicopter Services for Yatris from Baltal and Srinagar during
the yatra period .
Amarnath Yatra Tour
Duration : 4 Nights / 5 Days
Destinations : Srinagar - Sonamarg - Amarnath Cave - Sonamarg
Day 01: Delhi -
Srinagar - Baltal ( Distance: 115kms)
Arrive Srinagar by air and then drive direct to Baltal via
Sonamarg. The distance of about 115 kms will be covered in
about 3½ hrs. Rest of the day free at Baltal for
acclimatization and prepare for next day's trek to Amarnath
Dinner overnight in tents at Baltal.
Day 02: Baltal - Amarnath Cave - Baltal ( Distance: trek*14
After very early breakfast trek upwards to Amarnath Cave for
darshan. The route is ascending right up to the cave. Have a
dip in the ice-cold water of Amarnath Stream, which flows,
outside the cave. Inside the cave
there is scenery of calm tranquility of white and glistering
three massive Lingmas stand erect symbol of Lord Shiva,
Parvathi and Ganesh. After darshan trek back towards Baltal.
Dinner overnight in tents.
Day 03: Baltal - Srinagar
Drive back to Srinagar. On arrival in Srinagar, transfer to
Dinner overnight Houseboats.
Day 04: Srinagar
Morning sightseeing of Mughal Gardens visiting Nishat Bagh
(Abode of pleasure, built by Asif Khan brother in law of
Jehangir in 1632 A. D) And Shalimar Bagh (Abode of love built
by Jehangir fro his wife Empress Noor Jehan). All the gardens
are situated on the bank of Dal Lake with the Zabarwan
Mountains in the background. Enroute visit carpet - weaving
factory. After lunch Shikara ride on Dal Lake visiting
floating and vegetable gardens etc.
Dinner and overnight stay in Deluxe Houseboats.
Day 05: Srinagar
- Jammu - Delhi ( Distance: 300kms.)
Departure transfer to airport to connect flight for Jammu or
Delhi. Or early morning drive back to Jammu. A distance of
about 300kms will be covered in about 9 hrs. on arrival to
Jammu, transfer to Railway station to board the train for
Amarnathji Yatra : - via Pahalgam
Situated 16-km from Pahalgam, Chandanwari is the starting
point of the Amarnath Yatra, which takes place every year in
the month of Sawan (Rain). The destination is the Amarnath
Cave, believed to the abode of Lord Shiva. Although the road
from Pahalgam to Chandanwari is on fairly flat terrain, and
can be undertaken by car, from Chandanwari onwards the track
becomes much steeper, being accessible on foot or by pony.
Located 11-km from Chandanwari is the mountain lake of
Sheshnag, after which 13-km away is the last stop, Panchtarni.
The Amarnath cave is 6-km away from there. During the month of
'Sawan', an ice stalagmite forms a natural Shivling (also
spelt as Shivlinga), which waxes and wanes with the phases of
How to Reach
The nearest airport is Srinagar. There are daily flights to
Delhi and Jammu from Srinagar. On some days, special flights
are offered from Chandigarh and Amritsar to Srinagar. Nearest
International Airport is Delhi.
Jammu is the nearest Railway Station. It is connected with all
major railway stations in India.