Annual pilgrimage of Amarnath Yatra for the year 2012 will begin on June 25, 2012 First a pilgrim has to register himself for the yatra but there is no date announced for Amarnath Yatra 2012 registrations, most probably registrations will start end of May or in June only.
This pilgrimage to the Lord Shiva Holy Cave requires at least 6 days if you follow Chandanwari route and 5 days if you go via Chandanwari and comeback via Baltal route. If you follow the baltal route then you may be able to do it in 4 days but the Baltal route is tougher then the Chandanwari route, AFAIK. These are duration for Jammu-Amarnath-Jammu. You can add the days for travel between Jammu-Delhi or which ever is your starting point.
Route Details for Amarnath Yatra
Below are the route details and a plan or itinerary which you can follow for Amarnath Yatra.
Jammu – Pahalgam (315 Kms)
You can take taxi/bus to Pahalgam available at tourist reception Centre, J & K Govt., Raghunath Bazaar. But, make sure you catch them early in the morning.
Pahalgam – Chandanwari (16 Kms)
Mini buses are available to do this section and you can take one to reach the place. Generally, pilgrims camp at Pahalgam or Chandanwari for the first night. Food is also available here.
Chandanwari – Pissu Top – Sheshnag (12 Kms)
This would be second day’s trek which goes through Pissu Top. There is a Sheshnag lake at Sheshnag and you can spend the night at Sheshnag. The incline is quite decent.
Sheshnag – Mahagunas Pass (4.6 Kms) – Panchtarni
This would be your third night stop. The ascent to Mahagunas Pass is quite steep and at an height of 14000 feet one feels a bit sick too. Then, you descends towards Panchtarni. Do keep Vaseline/cold creams for this very day as cold winds do cause some problems here.
Panchtarni – Amarnath Cave (6 Kms) – Panchtarni
Start early in the morning as there is no place to stay around cave. You can also take bath a Amravati river and then visit the cave for Darshan. After darshan head back to Pachtarni for dinner and night stay.
Now either you can come back via same route or to explore the other side of the route as well start early morning from Panchtarni towards Amarnath cave and reach take left from Sangam to reach Baltal. From Amarnath cave you can reach Balatal within 4-5 hours as it’s a steep climb downwards and is a bit tougher than the other route. Stay overnight at Balatal and next day leave for Jammu. Below is the route from Baltal to Jammu
JAMMU – Udhampur – Kud – Patnitop – Ramban – Banihal – KaziGund – Anantnag – Srinagar – Sonamarg – BALTAL.
Below is the map: (courtesy Official Website for Amarnath Yatra 2012)
Amarnath Yatra Registration Process
The registrations may open in June 2012 and most probably be close in July 2012. The opening date of Amarnath Yatra 2012 is June 25. Application forms or registration forms for Amarnath yatra 2012 will be available at counters established in 121 designated branches of the J&K Bank, located all over India. You may also download the Amarnath Yatra 2012 registration form using the link below Official Website for Amarnath Yatra 2012
Do’s and Don’ts for Amarnath Yatra
A rough List of things to carry when you travel
Amarnath Yatra Helicopter Fare Reduced by 40%
In another vital decision for the devotees, Amarnath Shrine board has decided to reduce the one way helicopter server fare or charges by as much as 40%. Now, the one-way helicopter fare from Baltal to Panjtarni has been reduced from Rs 2425 per passenger to Rs 1445. Similarly, the helicopter fare for the Pahalgam to Panjtarni route has been reduced from Rs 3495 per person to Rs 2355 in 2012.
About the news, read more below:
Srinagar, April 4 2012: Governor NN Vohra here today reviewed the status of various important works for providing satisfactory arrangements to pilgrims during the Amarnath yatra that will commence from June 25. A series of review meetings were held in this connection by the Governor at Raj Bhawan here.
The Governor met Lt Gen SA Hasnain, GoC, 15 Corps, and Maj Gen Gurdeep Singh, GoC, Victor Force, to review the present situation and various security coordination issues, which will surface when the yatra starts.
At a meeting with Asgar Samoon, Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, and SM Sahai, IGP, Kashmir Zone, Vohra reviewed the status of preparatory arrangements for ensuring the smooth and orderly movement of the pilgrims to the Nunwan and Baltal base camps and thereafter to the tracks leading to the holy cave shrine. The Governor was informed that the required infrastructure would be put in place before the yatra commences.
The Governor also held discussions with Brig TPS Rawat, Chief Engineer, Beacon Project, about issues relating to track improvement.
External Source:Amarnath yatra to begin from June 25
Jammu, April 4 2012: While airfare is going up, there is good news for devotees, who wish to go on the Amarnath yatra this year.
Navin Kumar Choudhary, Chief Executive Officer, Shri Amarnath Shrine Board, informed through a press release that the one-way helicopter fare from Baltal to Panjtarni had been reduced from Rs 2,425 per passenger in 2011 to Rs 1,445 for the ensuing yatra. This marks a reduction of over 40 per cent, as compared to last year. Similarly, the helicopter fare for the Pahalgam-Panjtarni route has been reduced from Rs 3,495 per person in 2011 to Rs 2,355 in 2012. This is a reduction of over 35 per cent as compared to the last year.
Choudhary said the reduction in fare would help a large number of people to perform the pilgrimage. He added that the procedure of booking tickets was being worked out and would be announced soon through a press release and on the website of the Shrine Board.
External Source:Airfare to Amarnath Shrine Slashed