Amarnath cave is located in Jammu and Kashmir, approximately at a height of 12,760 feet and it is one of the most popular pilgrimage destinations to Hindus. The Amarnath Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and according to Hindu mythology; it is believed that this is where Lord Shiva explained the secret of life and eternity to his wife Parvati. Every year, the cave sits a giant ice stalagmite that is supposed to resemble the Shiva Ling.
Amarnath Cave can be visited during the monsoon months of July and August
and for this, you need to do proper registration which can be done by Amarnath
Yatra Online Registration. An ice mound is formed inside the cave and it takes
the shape of the Shiva lingam which gradually rises to take a full form shape on
a full moon night.
- The closest airport to Amarnath is Srinagar, located at a distance of
around 95 km from Pahalgam, the base camp for Amarnath Yatra. The
nearest railhead to Amarnath is Jammu, located at a distance of around
315 km from Pahalgam.
- Medical certificate is a must before taking the arduous journey. It is
advisable to get a thorough check-up by authorized physician around 3
months prior to the date of yatra.
- Compulsory Health Certificate from the Doctor is to be submitted along
with the registration fee at the registration counters.
- No Yatri will be allowed to proceed on the journey without a Registration
Card. Registration of pilgrims are undertaken about a month ahead of
the date fixed for commencement of Yatra.
- The gates of Access Control at Domel and Chandanwari open at 05.00 am
and close at 11.00 am. Reach the gates on time.
- Pilgrims are advised to carry sufficient woollens such as sweaters,
drawers, woollen trousers, monkey cap etc.
- Do not trek alone. Try to move in groups. Also make sure people
moving ahead you and behind you in your sight.
- People who might not be able to trek could take the horses or the chair to
go up. This could be fixed at Pahalgam or chandanwari.
- Ladies to wear clothing fit for trek like chudidhars and not sarees.
- Don't throw the non-environment friendly materials (plastic polythene etc)
on your way. Help to keep the area clean and fresh for our and future
- Don’t commence journey on an empty stomach. If you do so, you may
attract a serious medical problem.
- Avoid throwing coins, currency notes, decorative chunnis, brass lotas or
any other material towards the Shivlingam while having Darshans at the
- Do not bring with you any polythene material as its use is banned in J&K
and is punishable under law
- Do not leave Panjtarni Camp towards Holy Cave after 3.00 PM as no
darshan is allowed at Holy Cave after 6.00 PM.
- Carry your name and details on a paper sheet and an identification card in
your pocket. Mentioning your companion’s details on a slip with you is a
- Keep the yatra slip duly stamped by the government tourism department.
- Do seek immediate assistance of the Police in case any member of your
group is missing. Also have an announcement made on the Public Address
System at the Yatra Camp.
- The shortcuts which are steeper could exhaust you faster. Follow the
standard route followed by all the pilgrims
Best Time to Visit
The only time when the pilgrims can visit this holy shrine is during the month of
Sharavan (July and August). The dates may, however, vary depending on the
weather conditions and according to Purnima (Raksha Bandhan) in the month of
Sharavan (Vikrama Samwat).