Holy Cave for which one has to trek a height of about
14,500 ft is full of thrill and joy .The feeling of
divine which is always beneath ones' heart , burst out
and one realises ‘Moksha’ as one attends the Cave and
perform the prayer before the Shivlinga . Surrounded
by beautiful valleys, mountains , one will always feel
His presence on the paradise of the earth, the memory
of which hardly vanishes with time A journey which
will rediscover the nature and its love which is
always inside but one has never felt.
Shiva is known to have made his home in the Himalayas.
He built no house nor shelter, not for himself or his
bride. He was an ascetic, and yet married; he could be
both for "he was the wild god sporting in the forest
or taking his ease on a cloud."
Legend has it
that Shiva recounted to Parvati the secret of creation in
the Amarnathji cave. Unknown to them, a pair of mating
pigeons eavesdropped on this conversation and having
learned the secret, are reborn again and again, and have
made the cave their eternal abode. Many pilgrims report
seeing the pigeons-pair when they trek the arduous route
to pay obeisance before the ice-lingam (the phallic symbol
Shiva, in the form of a lingam, is formed naturally of an
ice - stalagmite One of the holy trinity, Shiva is a
living god. The most ancient and sacred book of India, the
Rig Veda evokes his presence in its hymns. Vedic myths,
ritual and even astronomy testify to his existence from
the dawn of time.
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 .
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 the moon.
Situated in a narrow gorge at the farther end of the
Lidder Valley, Amarnath Holy Cave stands at 3,888 mtrs.
and is 363 kms. from Jammu Via Pahalgam and about 414 kms.
from Jammu Via Baltal - Amarnath Yatra 2010.
The climatic conditions are very uncertain . Rain or
snowfall may take place at any time or place during the
Yatra . It is to be particularly noted that abrupt changes
in temperature might occur . Sunny weather may turn into
rain / snow fall in a short time . The temperature may
fall upto -5 degree C .
How to Reach
Air: The nearest aerodrome is Srinagar. Srinagar is
a beautiful valley having world famous sights to see, such
as Dal Lake, Nagina Lake, Shankaracharya Temple, Mughal
Gardens and what not. It is the most sought after tourist
place. It is also known as "Paradise on earth". Srinagar
is summer capital of Jammu & Kashmir. There are daily
flights to Srinagar from Delhi and Jammu. On some week
days flights also pickup passengers from Chandigarh and
Rail: Jammu is the nearest Railway Station . Jammu
is winter Capital of Jammu & Kashmir. Jammu is a beautiful
city and is also known as "CITY OF TEMPLES". One may visit
old temples such as Raghunath Temple , Mahadev Mandir and
other temples . It is well connected with all stations of
India.The various trains coming to Jammu are listed here
Road: Jammu and Srinagar are also connected through
road. Buses and Taxies are also available for this part of
the journey .These can be hired on daily as well as full