A tour of Amaranth: Tour of heaven

July 29, 2018 Author: Shubham Yadav
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Amarnath yatra is one of the most important pilgrimages in Hinduism, it’s suggested to Hindus to visit this place once in their lifetime [1]. The holy cave is situated 12,756 feet above from the sea level in the Himalaya mountain range and for Hindus, there is a religious story behind the visit of Amarnath. It is said that Lord Shiva has chosen this silent place to narrate the Amar Katha to the goddess Parvati.

Beginning Of the journey:

To reach the holy cave, the first step is to reach Jammu and Kashmir and that can be done by selecting any of the transportation media such as via bus or railways or airways whatever is suitable. In my case, I have started my journey by train from Indore to Jammu.

train outside view

 

Journey to the Holy Cave:

The journey begins from the  Jammu and leads to the holy cave. To reach to the holy cave there are sub-destination in-between the Jammu and the holy cave of Amarnath. The night stays and destination’s that comes in-between through the journey are listed below:

  1. Jammu
  2. Pahalgam
  3. Chandanwari
  4. Sheshnag
  5. Panchtarni
  6. Holy Cave

Jammu:

After the arrival at Jammu, all the pilgrims have provided a residency at a government center and are decided to stay the night here and in the morning through the buses, they are headed towards the Kashmir. There is another holy and religious place around Jammu called Katra the cave of Goddess Vaishno which is around 60 km’s away from Jammu. From Jammu there are two routes available to reach the holy cave and pilgrims can choose any of the routes according to their preferences.

  1. Route 1: Pahalgam to Holy Cave
  2. Route 2: Baltal to Holy Cave
               Route 1: Pahalgam to the Holy cave:

The standard and usual route are from Pahalgam to the holy cave, in this route the pilgrims have to start their journey from chandanwari to the holy cave which is about 32 km. The Pahalgam route is much longer in comparison to the baltal but the safer and with a better view of nature. I suggest you start your journey from this route if you are healthy and comfortable with walking that long.

pahalgam route
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                   Route 2: Baltal to the Holy cave:

The other route which is much shorter in distance is from baltal to the holy cave  This route is in just opposite direction of the Pahalgam route. The second route is shorter in distance but it gets dangerous to travel from that route in the rainy season, especially if you are trekking because the path becomes very dirty and slippery and the road is very tiny.

baltal route

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Pahalgam:

After heading from the Jammu, pilgrims arrive at the Pahalgam. Pahalgam is a beautiful place in the aspect of natural beauty, the hills are so high that clouds are passing from some of them.  There is a Pandav temple as well to visit. The First-night stay of pilgrims are done in the Pahalgam which is situated in Kashmir and after staying a night at Pahalgam, the pilgrims would be headed towards the chandanwari in the morning.

beauty of pahalgam

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Chandanwari :

Chandanwari is the place from where the yatra begins. The timing of the gate of the yatra is from 06:00 am to 11:00 am. The holy cave is 32 km from chandanwari and it through this journey all the natural beauties are included in this yatra. The view of mountains and river if beautiful from the yatra gate. On the first day of Yatra, the pilgrims have to cover the distance of 12  km to reach the sheshnag stop.

Chandanwari view

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Sheshnag:

Sheshnag is the first stop during the trekking which is 12 km after the chandanwari starting gate. All pilgrims that are arrived here after 2  pm have stayed a night here and at morning they continue their yatra. The main attractions of sheshnag are mainly the very high mountains covered in ice and the sheshnag lake which seems to be the reward of walking all the distance.

Sheshnag lake

Sheshang lake, Credits: Wikipedia

Panchtarni:

Panchtarni is the next stop after heading towards the holy cave from the sheshnag. Panchtarni is around 12 km away from sheshnag. The gates of panchtarni closes at the time of around 4:00 pm. The pilgrims stay their second night in panchtarni and then in the morning head toward the holy cave.
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Holy Cave:

In our journey from panchtarni to the holy cave, there is an in-between spot called as the Sangam top. In Hindi, Sangam means the intimation and because of the crossing of baltal route and Pahalgam route, this place is called as the Sangam top. Walking 6 km from panchtarni we finally arrive at our destination to the holy cave.

The holy cave

 

Reference:

[1] “AMARNATH YATRA,” Indian Holiday, [Online]. Available: https://www.indianholiday.com/fairs-and-festivals/jammu-kashmir/amarnath-yatra-kashmir.html. [Accessed 29 July 2018].

 

 

One Comment

  • furtdso linopv August 28, 2018 at 3:55 pm

    I haven?¦t checked in here for some time as I thought it was getting boring, but the last several posts are great quality so I guess I will add you back to my everyday bloglist. You deserve it my friend 🙂

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