Amarnath Temple one of the most revered pilgrimage places in India.The cave is located in Jammu and Kashmir state. Approximately at a height of 12,760 feet, the Amarnath Cave is visited by devotees each year to see the shrine which is formed naturally with ice. . The shrine forms an important part of Hinduism,and is considered to be one of the holiest shrines in Hinduism.The cave is surrounded by snowy mountains. An annual pilgrimage is made to the Amarnath cave by lakhs of Hindu devotees on challenging mountainous terrain to see an ice stalagmite formed inside the cave.
Situated in a narrow gorge at the end of Lidder Valley, Amarnath Shrine stands at 3,888 m (12,756 ft above the sea level) at trek of approximately 46 Km from Pahalgam and 14 Kms from Baltal, the distance can be covered by ponies, plakis and helicopters.
On the way to Amarnath Temple pilgrimage face problems due to extreme and unpredictable weather conditions, which may even cause shortage of oxygen. However, the Pahalgam route is better in terms of providing facilities like accommodation and rest rooms. On your route to the cave, you will find many tea stalls and bhandaras (provisions of free meals). Do not carry too much of baggage with you as it will only cause an inconvenience in traversing the strenuous way to the caves.
Before planning for the yatra one has to go for physical fitness, those who are not fit are not advisable for the journey able for those who are physically not fit and for kids. There are tents set up by the localities which can be hired for rest or accommodation. Carry high calorie food items like chocolates and dry fruits to fight against the cold and as easy energy substitutes. Trek extremely carefully, uphill or downhill, as even a minor carelessness can prove to be fatal. You can always call on the BSF and CRPF jawans and army men for any queries or help. They are spread thought the route for your assistance. A good pair of shoes and a stick for a comfortable trek are a must. The journey to Amarnath is very risky and uncomfortable but the faith of devotees is too high that each and every year thousands of devotees undertake the yatra for Shiva's blessing .
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