Lord Shiva is believed to have his presence in Himalayas. Shri Amarnathji Cave is a holy place in Himalayas where Lord Shiva recounted the secret of creation to Goddess Parvati. A pair of Pigeons is also evidence of hearing this conversation. Amarnathji Cave has become a famous pilgrimage among Hindu Devotees. It is believed that Lord Shiva is present in these caves in form of Lingam which is made up of natural ice. There are 2 more ice lingams which present Lord Ganesha & Godess Parvati. The trekking to Amarnath Cave is named as Amarnath Yatra. Every year this pilgrimage journey takes place in summer month of June, July & ends in August.
Amarnath Yatra 2012 Registration
The registrations for 2012 Amarnath Yatra are starting on 7th May 2012. The registration can be done in more than 100 Post Offices & various branches on Yes Bank, Jammu & Kashmir Bank and District Co-operative Banks. This registration is done on first come first serve basis. The banks will provide you with amarnath yatra pass. Without this pass you can not go for this Pilgrimage tour. One can also make Amarnath Yatra 2012 Registration online on Jammu & Kashmir Bank official website. Your Yatra Ticket will be mailed to your registered email id.
Amarnath Yatra 2012 Dates
The year long awaited Amarnath Yatra 2012 will be starting on 25th June & will end on 2nd August. The Yatra will be available to devotees for a period of 37 days. The first worship (Pratham Pooja) will be done on 4th of June. The Amarnath Shrine Board may prepone the journey commencing dates if required. As the number of accidents & mortality increase in previous years it has been mandatory for everyone has to be medically fit to do this journey. You have to carry medical certificate issued by Registered Medical Practitioner for this journey.
Amarnath Yatra by Helicopter
Shri Amarnath Shrine Board has given contract to 2 companies named Global Vectra Helicorp Limited & Summit Aviation Private Limited for conducting Amarnath Yatra by Helicopter.
Amarnath Yatra packages by Helicopter
Amarnath Yatra 2012 by Helicopter through Pahalgam is a 2 nights & 3 days package. This package costs approx. Rs. 14,000/- per person. The routine of this package is as follows:
After you arrive Srinagar you will be transferred to Pahalgam & overnight stay at hotel.
Start your journey from from the Pahalgam to Panjtarni by helicopter. Amarnath cave is 6 Kilometers from Panjtarni . One can cover this distance by Horse, Palki or by foot. After returning to Panjtarni Fly back to Pahalgam by helicopter. Again overnight stay at hotel.
After breakfast you will transferred to Srinagar airport for your afterwards journey.
Notes: This package includes 2 Night accommodation in hotel at Pahalgam with breakfast & dinner.
Srinagar to Pahalgam transfer by private car & return back.
Helicopter journey from Pahalgam to Panjtarni & return back.
One is advised to carry warm clothes, medicines, raincoat & torch etc. with him.
There is one other option to make Amarnath Yatra by Helicopter through Baltal. This is also of approx. same cost & timings just the route is different.
If one do not want to opt for package tour you can book your tickets separately for helicopter. One way travel from Pahalgam to Panjtarni will cost you Rs. 2355/- & Baltal to Panjtarni is Rs. 1445/-. Rest of journey you can cover as you like. The rates of Amarnath Yatra by helicopter has declined by 30% to 40% from last year.
We wish you a safe & holy journey. Amarnath Yatra 2012 Route is available below for your convenience.