Amarnath is located 181 km from Srinagar at a height 3888m and is famous for the Amarnath shrine dedicated to lord Shiva. Every year thousands of pilgrims visit Amarnath to pay obeisance to Lord Shiva snow Shivlinga. Amarnath cave can be accessed during the 45 day window during July to August and is considered one of the holiest pilgrimages in Hinduism. Also one can access this cave by taking a trek from Pahlgam - Chandanwari - Pissu Top - Sheshnag - Panchtarni - Holy Cave or from Sonmarg- Baltal - Domail - Barari - Holy Cave. One needs to register with the Shri Amarnath shrine board to take this yatra. Helicopter services are also available from Baltal to the cave.
It is recommended to be in a good state of health to undertake this yatra as one has to furnish a medical certificate of fitness to take this yatra. Adequate arrangements are ensured by the government authorities for the ease of the travellers to amaranth cave.
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