A journey of faith is the trek through the challenging terrains of the South Kashmir Himalayas to the holy cave of Amarnath. When you enter the cave and see the beautiful Shivaling right in front of you, it is an amazing journey that is physically exhausting but worth every bit. An experience of a lifetime is the cave, the legend behind the temple, the beautiful scenery, the snow-covered mountain peaks and the long hike. Amarnath Yatra, visited every year by hundreds and thousands of pilgrims, is a coveted journey for many. In and around Amarnath, we will take you through the major tourist attractions.
The Amarnath Temple (Lord Amarnath 's Cave Temple) is a cave temple situated in Jammu and Kashmir. With its outer mouth measuring about 40 yards wide, it is about 75 feet high and at least 80 feet deep. It stays under the snow throughout the year except when the snow melts enough to make it available throughout the summer months of June and July. This is the only time that the annual pilgrimage to Amarnath is performed by devotees.
Legend notes that this is the place where Lord Shiva demonstrated to his wife, Goddess Parvati, the secret of life and eternity. After making sure there were no living beings around, he chose this location. He created a fire that killed any and every living thing within the temple. Except that there was an egg left unharmed. After listening to the code, a pair of pigeons born out of this egg became immortal. Even today, a pair of pigeons are still seen roosting close to the cave.
In Hinduism, Brahma the Maker, Vishnu the Preserver, and Shiva the Destroyer are the three most powerful gods. Shiva is listed in one of India 's earliest religious texts, the Rig Veda, and continues to be revered to this day. As an ascetic dressed in a deerskin, Shiva is portrayed. He is accompanied by his consort, the female deity Parvati, and his wife, the elephant-headed God Ganesha, and carries a trident.
Cave Amarnath : The biggest attraction in Amarnath is undoubtedly the cave where every year a lingam of Amarnath or Shiva is made of ice-stalagmite. Legend has it that Lord Shiva disclosed the secret of existence inside the Amarnathji Cave to Goddess Parvati, which was overheard by a couple of mating pigeons. They were reborn again and again after having discovered this secret, and made the cave their eternal and heavenly abode. The only time of the year when the cave is open and when one can see the ice lingam is July-August, which also coincides with the auspicious Hindu month of Sharavana. Every year, the Amarnath Yatra, or the journey to Amarnath, attracts thousands of pilgrims who brave all odds to pay tribute to Lord Shiva.
Amarnath Cave is a natural cave that forms during the summer of Amarnath Shiva Lingam each year. Sage Bhrigu is thought to have found the Amarnath Cave. The Sacred Amarnath Cave Pilgrimage is 5000 years old.
Valley of Baltal : The Baltal Valley is a picturesque location near Sonmarg, situated on the banks of the Sindh River and at the foot of the Zoji La Himalayan High Mountain Pass. Baltal has gained prominence over the years, apart from the beautiful scenery, because it is one of the key starting points of the Amarnath Yatra. A 15-km trek brings pilgrims from here to the holy shrine of Amarnath. To enter the cave is an alternate and shorter route by foot.
Lake Sheshnag : Sheshnag comes en route to the Amarnath Cave, situated in the Anantanag district of Kashmir. Pilgrims have to go through Sheshnag while trekking from Pahalgam and also take a night stop at this spot. Shesnag Lake is beautifully located in the middle of the towering mountains and rugged terrain, accessible only by trek. According to legend, while revealing the secrets of life to Goddess Parvati, it is believed that Lord Shiva left his snake (Sheshnag) here. Sheshnag is believed to live in this lake even now.
Places near Amarnath
La Pass Zoji : A vital link between Ladakh and the Kashmir Valley is the Zoji La pass where Baltal Valley is located in Sonmarg district. It is situated between Leh and Srinagar on National Highway 1. During winter, this high altitude pass stays locked, and if you get a chance to drive through the pass in winter, you will have to drive between thick ice walls on both sides. Tourists are exposed to Zoji La 's incredible sights.
Pahalgam : Located in the Jammu & Kashmir district of Anantnag, Pahalgam is a tourist area. It is an incredibly beautiful location with lush green meadows, crystal clear bodies of water and high mountain ranges surrounding it. As most of the trips to the holy cave begin at Pahalgam, it is one of the key points of the Amarnath Yatra. By bus or taxi, tourists from Srinagar and Jammu enter Pahalgam. They'll trek up to Amarnath from here. It is a 45 km journey with night stops at various locations that takes around 3-4 days. From here to Amarnath, helicopter services also transport passengers.
Jyotirlingam Amarnath : Shivalinga, also called Amarnath Jyotirlingam, is one of the 12 most revered Jyotirlingas in India. In Amarnath Cave, Amarnath Jyotirlinga forms naturally every year when the glacier melts.
Lake Shesh Naag : Shesh Naag is the mythological lake where, in Hindu mythology, Shesh Naag is an ancient mythological serpent who is considered the most powerful of all snakes and believed to possess the world on its broad hood. Sheshnaag Lake is a freshwater lake with high water quality. It is one of Kashmir 's best tourist attractions.
River of Lidder : Owing to its pure water, the Lidder River appears blue in colour. The Jhelum River joins it. Traveling in line with the blowing river water is a calming experience. The Lidder River flows through the entire valley, including Aru, Pahalgam, Betab Valley, and Akad, passing through many natural landmarks and tourist spots.
Valley of Lidder : The Lidder Valley was created by the erosion and deposition of the Lidder River over millions of years. The Lidder River forms the Lidder Valley. The significant destination in the Lidder Valley is Pahalgam.
How to Reach Amarnath ?
Srinagar Airport is the closest airport to Amarnath. Anyway, the trip starts from Pahalgam, which is a 2-hour bus ride from the airport. The Jammu Tawi Railway Station remains the closest rail station to Pahalgam. You can enter Amarnath from there by helicopter, on foot, or on pony rides.
Direct trains to Amarnath do not exist. The closest station is Jammu, situated 178 km from Amarnath. From Jammu, to enter either Baltal or Pahalgam, one can hire cabs. It is a 1-2 day trek (15 km) to reach Amarnath from Baltal. The Pahalgam route is, however, comparatively longer and takes approximately 3-5 days (36-48 km).
The most significant attraction in this city is the Amarnath cave. There are two ways to get there, one by taking a helicopter from Srinagar and landing at Panjtarni, which is 2 kms from the cave, or by travelling by car to Baltal, from which it is a journey of 13.5 kms, which can only be crossed by foot to the cave. Apart from these, it takes 3-5 days to trek from Pahalgam, the most common route.
Departing from Chennai airport.
On Arrival at Srinagar airport, meet with our representative, drive to Sonmarg.
Check in at hotel.
Rest of the Day in Leisure.
Dinner and overnight stay in Sonmarg hotel.
Wake up early morning, drive to Neelgrath helipad (approx 3km - 20 minutes).
Go through security checking, show helicopter tickets and Medical Fitness Certificate to the operator.
On getting the Boarding pass wait for your turn, after catching helicopter, arrival at Panchtarni.
From here distance of Cave is 6 Km and that is approx 2 hours journey from one side.
After darshan returrn to panchtarni to catch your flight for Neelgrath Helipad.
Cab will pick you from helipad and direct drive for Srinagar for overnight stay and dinner.
After Breakfast our representative will drop you at Srinagar Airport with our Sweet Memories.
Tour Terminates Here .
Our Check out time is 12 Noon.
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2.Double sharing Rooms
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From Trip start to till end the Tour Guide will be take care
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