Amarnath Yatra» Blog http://www.royalblueholidays.com Beyond Your Imagination Mon, 16 Dec 2013 06:58:50 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.2.1 Amarnath Yatra Registration Process http://www.royalblueholidays.com/blog/amarnath-yatra-registration-process/ http://www.royalblueholidays.com/blog/amarnath-yatra-registration-process/#comments Mon, 24 Dec 2012 19:08:17 +0000 admin http://www.royalblueholidays.com/?p=2757 Amarnath Yatra Registration Process

The annual yatra to Holy Amarnath Cave, situated at 14000 ft. above sea level, is organised by the State Government during the month of July and August. The intending pilgrims are allowed to perform Amarnath Darshan from Ashard Purnimashi to Shravan Purnimashi which course spreads over a month or so. The registrations may open in May 2013 and most probably be closed in June 2013. The opening date of Amarnath Yatra 2013 is June 28th. Application forms or registration forms for Amarnath yatra 2013 will be available at counters established in 121 designated branches of the J&K Bank, located all over India.

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Amarnath Yatra Helicopter Booking Process http://www.royalblueholidays.com/blog/amarnath-yatra-helicopter-booking-process/ http://www.royalblueholidays.com/blog/amarnath-yatra-helicopter-booking-process/#comments Mon, 24 Dec 2012 19:07:42 +0000 admin http://www.royalblueholidays.com/?p=2755 http://www.royalblueholidays.com/blog/amarnath-yatra-helicopter-booking-process/feed/ 0 Amarnath Yatra Route http://www.royalblueholidays.com/blog/amarnath-yatra-route/ http://www.royalblueholidays.com/blog/amarnath-yatra-route/#comments Mon, 24 Dec 2012 18:12:03 +0000 admin http://www.royalblueholidays.com/?p=2749 How To Reach Holy Cave Amarnath

By Air -
Srinagar, the nearest aerodrome, has world famous sights to see, such as Dal Lake, Nagin Lake, Shankaracharya Temple and Mughal gardens like Shalimar, Nishat and Cheshma-shahi.  Known as “Paradise on earth” and being the summer capital of Jammu & Kashmir, the city is well connected by air and road. There are daily flights to Srinagar from Delhi and Jammu. On certain weekdays flights also pickup passengers from Chandigarh and Leh.

By Rail-
Jammu is the nearest Railway Station. Jammu is the winter Capital of Jammu & Kashmir. Also known as “City of Temples“, one may visit old temples such as Raghunath Temple, Mahadev Mandir and other temples. Railway station is very well connected and there are lots of express trains to various towns in India.

By Road-Jammu and Srinagar are also connected through road. Buses and Taxies are available for this part of the journey. These can be hired on daily as well as on full tour basis.

TRADITIONAL ROUTE
A:
Jammu – Pahalgam – Holy Cave
B:
Jammu – Srinagar – Sonmarg – Baltal – Holy Cave

How to Reach Amarnath Holy Cave From Jammu:

A: Jammu – Pahalgam – Holy Cave
Jammu to Pahalgam (260 km) - The distance between Jammu to Pahalgam can be covered by taxi / buses which are available at Tourist Reception Centre, J & K Govt. Raghunath Bazaar only early in the morning. Another option is going to Srinagar by air and then proceeding to Pahalgam by road.

PAHALGAM- Situated 96 Kms from Srinagar, Pahalgam is known all over the world for its beauty. Lidder and Aru Rivers and high mountains kiss the valley. Good Hotels are available for accommodation. Arrangements for free Langars (food kiosks) are also made by Non Government Organisations at Nunwan Yatri Camp, 6 kms. short of Pahalgam. Pilgrims camp at Pahalgam for the first night.

CHANDANWARI-The distance from Pahalgam to Chandanwari is 16 KM. Mini buses run from Pahalgam to reach Chandanwari. The trail runs along the Lidder River with a fabulous scenic view. There are many Langars that offer food to the Yatris.

PISSU TOP- As the Yatra proceeds further from Chandanwari one climbs a height to reach Pissu Top. It is said that to be the first to reach for darshan of Bhole Nath Shivshankar, there was a war between Devtas and Rakshas. With the power of Shiv, devtas could kill the rakshas in such large number that the heap of their dead bodies resulted in this high mountain.

SHESHNAG- This is actually a mountain which derives its name from its Seven Peaks, resembling the heads of the mythical snake. The second night’s camp at Sheshnag overlooks the deep blue waters of Sheshnag lake, and glaciers beyond. There are legends of love and revenge too associated with Sheshnag, and at the camp these are narrated by campfires. The stillness of the Himalayan night increases your inner joy. Once you take bath and enjoy the scenic view, life takes a whole new meaning altogether.

PANCHTARNI- From Sheshnag one has to climb a steep height across Mahagunas Pass at 4276 mtrs.(14000 ft) for 4.6 Km and then descend to the meadow lands of Panjtarni at a height of 3657 mtrs (12000 ft). Due to cold harsh winds it is strongly recommended that Yatris should carry their quota of  Woolens and Vaseline! Some Yatris are also affected by deficiency of oxygen. Some may get the feeling of nausea. Dry fruits, sour and sweet eatables like Lemon appear to control these symptoms but it is best to contact the nearest medical post immediately. The route to Mahagunas is full of rivulets, water falls and springs. At Panjtarni, at the feet of BHAIRAV MOUNT, Five Rivers flow which apparently originated from Lord Shiva’s Hair (Jataon). Pilgrims camp at Panjtarni on the 3rd night.

THE HOLY CAVE SHRI AMARNATH- On the way to The Holy Cave, one comes across the Sangam of Amravati and Panjtarni rivers. Some pilgrims take bath at Amravati near the Holy Cave before going for Darshan. There are two smaller Shivlings one of Maa Parvati and other of Shri Ganesh. It may be noted that after having early Darshan of the Shiv Linga at Holy Cave, one can return to Panjtarni well in time the same  day.

B: Jammu – Srinagar – Sonmarg – Baltal – Holy Cave

Sonamarg-Baltal-From Jammu, one has to go by road to Srinagar and then to reach Baltal via Sonamarg.

Baltal- Holy Cave-This is a 14 KM steep trek-one way. Only  medically fit person can go and come back the same day after trekking for 28 kms. It is possible to hire pony or palki. Baltal is, more popular because of its shorter distance

 

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Discovery of Amarnath Cave http://www.royalblueholidays.com/blog/discovery-of-amarnath-cave/ http://www.royalblueholidays.com/blog/discovery-of-amarnath-cave/#comments Mon, 24 Dec 2012 16:32:43 +0000 admin http://www.royalblueholidays.com/?p=2747 Discovery of Holy Amarnath Cave
There are a lot of stories associated with the discovery of Amarnath Cave. Although the existence of the holy cave has been mentioned in the Puranas, the popular story narrated by people about the re-discovery of this Holy Cave is of shepherd Buta Malik.
Story goes like this: A saint gave Buta Malik a bag full of coal. On reaching his home when he opened the bag, to his utter surprise, the bag was full of gold coins. This overwhelmed him with joy. He ran to thank the Saint. But the Saint had disappeared. Instead, he found The Holy Cave and the Ice Shiv Lingam therein. He announced this discovery to the villagers. Then onwards this became a scared place of pilgrimage.

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Story of Holy Amarnath Cave http://www.royalblueholidays.com/blog/story-of-holyamarnath-cave/ http://www.royalblueholidays.com/blog/story-of-holyamarnath-cave/#comments Mon, 24 Dec 2012 16:32:17 +0000 admin http://www.royalblueholidays.com/?p=2743 The Holy Cave
Amarnath Cave is a renowned shrine in Hinduism situated in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. It is devoted to Lord Shiva. The holy cave situated in a narrow gorge at the farther end of Lidder Valley, Amarnath Shrine stands at 3,888 m, 46 Km from Pahalgam and 14 Kms from Baltal. Though the original pilgrimages subscribes that the yatra (journey) be undertaken from Srinagar, the more common practice is to begin journey at Chandanwari, and cover the distance to Amarnathji and back in five days. Pahalgam is 96 Kms from Srinagar

Amarnathji is considered to be one of the major Hindu Dhams. The holy cave is the abode of Lord Shiva. The guardian of the absolute, Lord Shiva, the destroyer, is enshrined in the form of an ice-lingam in this cave. This lingam is formed naturally, which is believed to wax and wane with the moon

According a Hindu belief, this is the cave where Shiva explained the secret of life and eternity to Parvati. Two other ice formations represent Parvati and Shiva’s son, Ganesha.

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Amarnath Yatra 2013 Dates http://www.royalblueholidays.com/blog/amarnath-yatra-2013/ http://www.royalblueholidays.com/blog/amarnath-yatra-2013/#comments Mon, 24 Dec 2012 16:02:57 +0000 admin http://www.royalblueholidays.com/?p=2744 Amarnath Yatra 2013 will be commencing on 28th June’ 2013 & will be concluded on 21st August’ 2013

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