Amarnath Temple

For every religion, there are many places of significance that represent the abode of Gods and Goddesses. India is culturally rich as well as religiously. For Hindus, there is not one but thousands of Gods and Goddesses to pray, each having their own importance and value. Out of the many Hindu pilgrimage sites in India, the Amarnath caves is one such where thousands of pilgrims walk up to seek divine blessings. Amarnath is a Hindu Pilgrimage site in Jammu & Kashmir that also offers the magnificent view of the mountain range and the lush green valleys surrounding the caves.

Travel Tips

The yatra to Amarnath is mainly organized by the Government of Jammu and Kashmir during Shravan and commences on certain specified dates. It is important for the pilgrims to be mentally and physically fit since it involves significant amount of trekking. You should get yourself medically examined and certified as fit before commencing the journey.

Be properly dressed and carry sufficientwoollen clothes such as sweaters, trousers, gloves, and caps. There are chances of climate changes and might rain as well. Carry a light rain coat or an umbrella along with your bedding items, a torch with sufficient batteries, walking sticks. Women should avoid wearing sarees.

Since the journey is long and strenuous, it is better to carry dry food items such as biscuits, fruits, candies, tinned food items, etc.

Make sure to keep your luggage along with you to avoid loss or damages. Take a token from the base camp at Pahalgam while hiring the ponies or the dandywala.

Although the medical services are provided free during the yatra, it is better to carry your own medical kit for safety.

Avoid stopping or halting at unknown places and always try to be in the group. Keep children and elderly members of your family members together while walking up.

When to visit

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  • 32.7° Max
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  • 10.1 mm
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Things to do

Amarnath cave is one of those divine Hindu shrines where people travel in large numbers as a lifetime wish to be fulfilled. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the Amarnath Cave is located in Jammu & Kashmir at an altitude of 12, 756 feet and about 141 km away from Srinagar, the summer capital of the state in India.

Considered to be one of the holiest and divine shrines in India, the cave remains surrounded by the snow-capped mountains of the Himalayas. The pilgrims are allowed to make a yatra or visit the cave during the short span of time when the cave is not covered with snow itself and the pilgrims can visit and pray to ice-lingam or the form Lord Shiva is believed to have taken in this cave.

For the visitors on a religious tour of Amarnath, the treat is not only to pray to the Hindu Lord but also to watch the scenic beauty that is formed inside the cave. The ice stalagmite is formed because of the freezing of water drops falling from the roof of the cave and is seen to grow up vertically from the cave floor. There are other two formations of ice that represent Goddess Parvati and their son, Lord Ganesha.

Places to Stay

When it comes to finding places to stay near Amarnath Caves, the nearest location is Pahalgam. There are all types of accommodation facilities available, starting from high range to mid-range to low range hotels.

How to Reach

  • The nearest airport and airdome is that of Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu & Kashmir.
  • The nearest railway station that is accessible is Jammu, the winter capital of the state.
  • Amarnath is well connected with Jammu & Srinagar via roads. Since the base camp of Amarnath yatra is Pahalgam, it can be reached via buses and cabs. The other way is Jammu to Baltal (400 km distance).

Surrounding Attractions

There are a few areas which you can visit nearby when you are in Amarnath:

a. Pahalgam: This scenic beautiful village is located about 96 km away from Srinagar. It is mainly known for its trekking, golfing, nature photography, horseback riding, skiing, etc.

b. Gulmarg: This place is known for its beauty and stands true to its meaning, meadow of flowers. The lush green slopes covered with flowers, along with the snow-capped mountains adding magic to the view is a visual treat.

c. Sonamarg: Meaning the meadow of gold, this is one of the best trekking places. The place has frozen lakes, green water and adventurous trails for the trekkers to enjoy.

d. Vaishno Devi Temple: One of India's oldest diving shrine and located at a height of 5300 feet on Trikuta Hills of the Shivalik Hill. This is the home of Devi Durga and is known for its power of fulfilling wishes.

e. Srinagar: This is the summer capital of Jammu & Kashmir located at Kashmir and is one of the most beautiful places in Kashmir and a major tourist destination during summers.

f. Patnitop: This is another beautiful hill station and a famous picnic spot. The views of the mountain scape of Chenab Basin can be seen from here.