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
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MAJOR TIPS FOR AMARNATH YATRA
A. PRELIMINARY ACTIVITIES
1. 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.
i) Carry dry fruits, baked grams, biscuits, sugar, candies, chocolates, milk powder, assorted dry fruits, pickles, honey, lemons and tinned foods or any small food materials suiting your palates.
ii) Trekking Bag
iii) Water bottle, spoons, tumblers, saucers and plates
iv) Sweater and other woolen clothing
v) Wind shield
vi) Monkey cap (that covers head and ears)
x) Warm clothing (preferably many layers)
xi) Torch light
xiii) Trekking shoes
xiv) Waterproof Shoes
xv) Sleeping bag (The tents normally give these also)
xvi) Keep the weight of the bag as less as possible to make a more comfortable trek.
xvii) Keep cold cream or Vaseline with you to protect skin from cold winds
B. PRECAUTION DURING AMARNATH YATRA
During Shri Amarnath Yatra, you must follow the instructions issued by the Yatra Administration. However, the following points are essential to remember.
i) Always keep a slip in your pocket with your Name, Address and the name of accompanying Yatri.
ii) You can hire registered ponywalla, porter, dandyman available for prefixed tariffs.
iii) If you hire ponies to carry your luggage and eatables always get in touch with them to avoid inconvenience.
iv) Have you heart the story of Hare and tortoise? So, move slowly and steadily, as this is an arduous pilgrimage and maintain discipline.
v) You must carry sufficient money for your accommodation at Pahalgam and to meet other requirements.
vi) All medical facilities are provided free of cost but it is advisable to use personal medical kit.
vii) Perform Yatra with a pious mind and keep enchanting “Om Namah Shivay” all the way.
viii) Keep your clothes and eatables in plastic bag to avoid the things being drenched during the rain while moving onward to Pahalgam.
C. DON’T DO DURING AMARNATH YATRA
For the convenience of the Yatris, these rules have been developed, so that their Yatra must be smooth and trouble free.
i) Don’t stop at such places, which are marked by warning notices.
ii) Alcohol is strictly prohibited.
iii) As the nature of Yatra is tough, it is advisable for children and aged persons not to perform Yatra.
iv) Don’t over strain on steep gradients.
v) Don’t use slippers because of the steep rises and falls on the route to the Holy Cave.
vi) Don’t relax at places where warning signs are fixed.
vii) Don’t attempt short cuts on the route as it is very dangerous.
viii) Don’t break traffic discipline.
ix) As saris are not comfortable for long distance walking, women are advised to wear such clothes, which are comfortable while walking.