The holy site of Amarnath caves is visited every year by thousands of tourists, pilgrims and even by foreign backpackers. Situated in the state of Jammu & Kashmir, the cave is scenically located high amidst the mountains. It is thus a panoramic site which is noted for its serene & secluded location. The presence of ice and glaciers all around it adds a touch of mystique and specialty to the cave. Amarnath is another name for Lord Shiva. Amarnath Yatra is an annual ritual organized by the officials for celebrating divinity during the devout months of July and August.
Though, this yatra is an annual event and is highly anticipated, its dates are not fixed. Dates therefore vary every year and are affixed after considering several auspicious and climatic factors. This year in 2013, the yatra would commence from 28th June and would come to its conclusion on 21st August. As per official guidelines, prior registration has to be done for taking part in the yatra. So, it is strongly recommended that you buy an Amarnath yatra package from a recognized tour operator.
How to travel to Amarnath: One can travel to the state of Jammu & Kashmir via train or plane from his/her respective cities. The holy cave is situated at a high altitude and in a region which is not easy to access. Most travelers opt for helicopter services to land at the destination. Pony services and horse rides are also popularly opted for.
Some important traveling tips: Here are some helpful tips while traveling to Amarnath:
i. Amarnath Cave is situated at a site which is very cold. Even though the yatra is organized during the summer season, this Himalayan region stays cold throughout the year. It is strictly advisable to carry enough woolen clothes to wrap over your bodies. Wind is also very severe in this part of the state. So, you can also carry a wind shield, head cap or an umbrella.
ii. One has to walk a lot on foot during the Amarnath yatra. And since, walking over the hills can be a challenging task, it is advisable that you work on your fitness a few weeks prior to the yatra. Work-outs, exercise, yoga or daily walks are recommended.
iii. It is advisable to wear sports shoes or track shoes so as to safely climb the hills.
iv. Choose your attire with caution. It will be vital to be dressed up adequately to counter the wind, rain and the cold. But do not wear something which can make walking or climbing too difficult. For the same reason, wearing a saree will not be a wise decision. Women should, therefore, opt for salwaar sameej or some other attire.
v. Yatra can consume your energy pretty fast. It is advisable to carry some snacks like biscuits or dry fruits with you.
vi. As a tourist, you are expected to keep up with the official norms and instructions. Do not do anything which may be inappropriate, offensive or hurtful to the religious sentiments of the pilgrims.
Hungry Bags is a certified and reliable north Indian tour operator which can plan your Amarnath Yatra Tour journey with full safety guidelines. To take a look at the itinerary of its Amarnath Yatra Package, you can visit its official website.
Amarnath yatra package: Dates and traveling tips for Amarnat