Shri Amarnath Yatra

Shri Amarnath Yatra

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Package Inclusion:

  • Srinagar-Sonmarg-Balthal-Srinagar transfers by N/ac Sumo car.
  • Balthal-Panjtami-Balthal by Hellicopter.
  • 01 Nights & 02 Days accommodation at Hotel Snow Land, Sonmarg.
  • 01 Night & 02 Days accommodation at Dlx. Houseboat, Srinagar.
  • 02 Breakfast & 02 Dinner at hotel.

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  • All applicable hotel taxes.

 

Amarnath yatra visiting places:

 

The pilgrimage to the holy cave shrine of Amarnath, suspended following communal strife in Kishtwar, resumed from the Jammu base camp today while it was temporarily stopped from Pahalgam and Baltal camps in Kashmir owing to torrential rains.

Amid tight security, a fresh batch of 225 pilgrims left for the cave shrine in South Kashmir Himalayas from Bagawati Nagar base camp in Jammu, police said.The ongoing yatra was suspended from the Jammu base camp on August 10, a day after communal clashes erupted in Kishtwar that left three dead and scores injured.Curfew was also slapped on several districts in Jammu region after the outbreak of communal violence.The new batch that left the Jammu base included 142 men, and 43 women.Heavy rains halted the pilgrimage to the Amarnath shrine from Pahalgam and Baltal base camps in the Valley, officials said in Srinagar.

"Torrential rains rendered the twin tracks leading to the shrine from Pahalgam in Anantnag district and Baltal in Ganderbal district unsafe prompting the authorities to suspend the yatra at around 1 pm", they said.A sadhu died of cardiac arrest at Sheshnag raising the number of fatalities in the ongoing yatra to 14.The pilgrimage, which commenced on June 28, will conclude on August 21 coinciding with Raksha Bandhan festival.

Until now, more than 3.51 lakh pilgrims have paid obeisance at the 3,880-metre high shrine housing the naturally-formed ice-shivalingam.

Srinagar-Sonmarg-Balthal-Srinaga:

 

Srinagar is the summer capital of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. It is situated in the Kashmir Valley and lies on the banks of the Jhelum River, a tributary of the Indus. The city is famous for its gardens, lakes and houseboats. It is also known for traditional Kashmiri handicrafts and dry fruits.
Etymologically Srinagar is composed of two Sanskrit words, śrī (venerable) and nagar, which means “city”. One theory of the origin of the name is that a Pandava King Ashoka (not to be confused with the Mauryan Emperor Ashoka) built the city of Srinagari (Srinagar). Another theory is that Mauryan Emperor Ashoka founded the original city of Srinagar, then situated on the site of the present village of Pandrethan, 5 km to the north of the existing capital.

Sonmarg

 

For all those adventure loving people who wish to enjoy camping at a hill station, Sonmarg is the ideal destination. Tourists flock to this small hill resort in heavy numbers to see the enchanting natural beauty and snow clad peaks. Known as the 'Meadow of Gold', Sonmarg is set amidst a valley of flowers and lakes. The word "Sona" literally means "Gold" in Hindi, and this golden beauty covered with white snow is most attractive in the spring. The exotic flora of the region is nurtured by the Sindh river. Sonmarg is the gateway to Ladakh.

The dense forests of Sonmarg comprise of sycamore and alpine flowers, silver birch, fir and pine. The place is frequently visited by nature lovers in the search of tranquil peace and soothing natural beauty. The stunning blue water lakes and grasslands are the other attractions. The enchanting beauty of the towering snow clad mountains is a real treat to the eyes.
 

Balthali:

 

Bathali treks take you through Kathmandu valley and are ideal for families or those wanting a soft multi-day hike. You start and end in Kathmandu, meandering past Buddhist temples and rural hamlets including the lovely Bathali village, which sits on a plateau amid terraced rice fields and dusty red coloured thatched farmhouses. In between, glimpses of the snowy Himalayan peaks and swathes of bright-green forest greet you. Overall, this is a relaxing area to trek and remains relatively uncrowded compared to more popular routes in Nepal. Treks take anywhere between three to six days and can be done year-round, but avoid rainy July and August and hyper-cold December through January.

Just beyond Panauti town and Khopasi (40 KM southeast from Kathmandu) lies one of the rich cultural and natural destination of Balthali, where upon sits on top of a hill –Balthali Village Resort – a small, cozy retreat with bird's eye view of green terrace fields dotted with ochre painted houses and faint hue of Himalayan peaks in the north horizon. It offers a sunrise in the east, speculating Himalayan range of Manaslu, Langtang & Everest in the north, innumerable rice terraces in the west & huge bodied green forest of Mahabharata range in the South.

Balthal-Panjtami-Balthal:

 

Sonamarg called the "Gateway to Ladakh" translates into "meadow of gold" because of the local yellow crocus bloom in the spring season .It is the farthest excursion spot from Srinagar passing through the spectacularly beautiful Sindh valley, picturesque villages presenting the glimpses of Kashmir's Countryside. It is surrounded by pine trees and mountain cliffs which offer mind boggling possibilities for mountaineers .Sonamarg is also famous for its rock climbing sites, alpine skiing and Troutfishing in the roaring river Sindh. It also serves as base camp forAmarnath Yatra from the Baltal route.

IGHT SEEING AT SONAMARG

THAJWAS GLACIER (3Km)

A Marvel of Nature, the everlasting Thajwas glacier provides a golden opportunity for visitors to enjoy snow even during summer. It has attractive walks and treks. Pony ride is enjoyable. There are marvelous camp sites in this area, hence, prime location for School camps and trekkers.

GANGABAL LAKE (HARAMUKH GANGA)

Kashmiri Pandits have been holding Gangabal sacred for centuries. The track from Sonamarg to Gangabal Lake offers prospect for hiking amid incredible scenery while passing through Nichnai Pass, Lakes Vishansarand Krishansar which are ideal for fishing.

NARANAG RUINS (50 km)

In the West of Kangan on Srinagar-Sonamarg road are the ancient ruins oftemples believed to have been built in 3rd century by Jaluka, son of Emperor Ashoka wheras the Vishnu temple at the site is said to be constructed by King lalityaditya Muktapidya.

AMARNATH JI Yatra (3952 mtrs)

The Holy Cave of Amamath is believed to be the abode of Lord Shiva . An ice shivling is formed by water droplets around full moon in the month of Shravan and is worshipped annually by tens of thousands of devotees beginning month of June and culminates on the Raksha Bandhan . Pahalgam is the starting point for the annual Amamathji yatra and passes through chandanwari (2895 m/16 km) Pissu Top (20 km), Sheeshnag (25 km) Panjtami (40 Km) before reaching the Holy Cave after covering 46.7 Kms. The vehicles are available for the Yatra upto Chandanwari only. The Govt. Of Jammu & Kashmir jointly with Shrina Board makes elaborate arrangements for the Yatra like Camps, Para Medics, Langars etc. The Yatra can also be undertaken by hiring Ponies or Dandies which are available in sufficient numbers on rates fixed by the Authorities.

Another route for Holy Cave is from Baltal in Sonamarg where accommodation is available. The Yatra can be completed in one day after a nights halt at Baltal. The terrain is, however, tough from this side.
Another convenient mode of performing the Darshan of the Holy Cave is by helicopter from pahalgam or Baltal run by Private Carriers booked through appointed General Sales Agents in advance.It is advisable to travel light, carry heavy woolens and rain proof jackets and use Trekking or sports shoes. The registration forYatra is compulsory.

 

 

 

 

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