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Amarnath Yatra Guide

Amarnath Yatra Guide

This is a full Amarnath Yatra Guide. In this post, I have covered all the pin-points that are useful from the perspective of this most revered pilgrimage. I have tried to cover many questions that are frequently asked by the holy lovers.

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As many of you know that I recently had the privilege of visiting Amarnath Cave at Amarnath Yatra 2018 and shared my experience of this glorious trek as the legend of Amarnath Temple. And after living the every moment of this holy trek, honestly, I am feeling more alive and focused.

Registration Process for Amarnath Yatra

The abode of Lord Shiva or the Amarnath Cave is situated about 13,500 feet above from the sea level in Southern-Kashmir Himalayas. And in today’s day and time, to reach that adoring cave became much easier (not that much easier). Border Security Force and National Security Guards made the task easier. So as the registration process transform itself.

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Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board, the caretaker and the whole-sole unity which makes the dream of many come true, has throne many easier ways. Like for the form you can simply go to this Application Form, to know about the submitting that form in the bank branches simple click on this. At the registration branch, Yatri has to submit a correctly filled application form and a Compulsory Health Certificate (CHC).

To apply for Yatra Permit, the applicant-Yatri will submit the following document.

  • Filled-in prescribed Application Form.
  • Prescribed CHC issued on or after the specified date by the medical institution.
  • Four Passport Size photographs and an Identity proof (later on the Yatra).

It is up to us that from which path we want to reach the holy cave. Either from Pahalgam or Baltal. The Pahalgam route is full of heavenly charms but 40 kilometers long and quite easier to trek down. And the Baltal route is of 14 Kilometers but dangerous one because it has very narrow trenches and very steep

Health Guidelines for Piligrimage of Amarnath Yatra

Amarnath Cave Yatra

It is the face that we could suffer from the high altitude sickness if we go above the 8000 feet. And in climbing to the cave, there are more chances of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Below are the various problems that could be rise on Amarnath Yatra.

  • High Altitude Cerebral Oedema – It is a very serious AMS and it occurs due to the swelling in the brain tissue. It is so dangerous that it can damage the brain. Symptoms of this disease are breathing problem, headache, fatigue, low eyesight, and paralyses.
  • High Altitude Pulmonary Oedema – Due to this problem one might be suffer from failure of respiratory system. And it is due to the amassing of fluid in the lungs. Symptoms are weakness, fatigue, drowsiness, chest tightness, congestion and increased heart rate.

What to do to avoid High Altitude Sickness

  • Provide enough time to your body so that you can save yourself more from the disease. It is highly recommended that first 48 hours of climbing should be slow.
  • Take such much as liquid substance as you can because at high altitude dehydration is a common process. So consume 4 liters of water, juice, watermelon and cucumber.
  • Eat food that contains carbohydrate in bulk because the food that contains carbohydrate helps us in fighting with AMS.
  • Do not take any medicine without the prior consent of Doctor, it may cause fatigue very badly.
  • Mountains are not the place to showcase skills, it is better if you climb mountain but respect them and never try to win it.
  • If you suffer from breathing problem, take a portable small oxygen cylinder that you can carry easily.
  • Please do not consume alcohol or any other liquid that contaminated with caffeine. Please do not smoke, and stay away from sleeping pills.

Amarnath Green Initiative

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  • Use of plastic is strictly prohibited
  • Dump the plastic or any non-biodegradable thing at the proper place.
  • All the necessary measurement have been taken to fight with the garbage.
  • New sewage system has installed by the government.

Dos and Don’ts for a successful Amarnath Yatra


  • Before a month of having Amarnath Yatra, start doing a simple workout. Have 4 kilometer walk in a day. It will be better if you do yoga.
  • As the trek covers the steep snow-covered mountains and you have to cover them in that freezing temp. Please take sufficient woolen clothes, rain jacket or poncho, trekking shoes, and a torch.
  • During the trek, you should have these things in your knapsack, enough water bottles, dry fruits, chocolates, and toffees.
  • Please take any of the authentic identity proof or the Yatra slip.
  • Please follow the instruction given by the Shree Amarnath Shrine board and pay attention to the updates which come very frequently.
  • This whole world is the part of the Lord Shiva, the mountains, the earth, and the air he loves them a lot. Please take care of them.


  • Do not stop at points which are under the sign of dangerous, follow the Army person advice.
  • Please Do not try to cover short-cuts or small routes, it may be a mole of the life.
  • Do not litter plastic en-route to Cave, the use of plastic is strictly prohibited and actionable offence.

Frequently Asked Questions (Amarnath Yatra Guide)

How can I go to Amarnath Yatra?

It that’s just simple that you visit to your nearest town. Just make it a will to have a view of the Linga. Fill up the registration form either by going to nearest bank branch of J & K or by online on the website of shrine board.

What is the cost of Amarnath Yatra?

The money you will need is only in the registration, reaching to Pahalgam or Baltal, and from returning to the home. The basic needs will be taken care of well by the Bhandaras. In the total of these, one must have 8000 INR (most probably).

How long is the Amarnath Yatra?

As I have discussed that there are two routes for Cave, one is from Pahalgam and the second is from Baltal. From Pahalgam, pilgrim have to cover 40 kilometers and from Baltal, it is of 14 kilometers.

How long does it take for Amarnath Yatra?

From Pahalgam, the Yatra will be of 5 to 6 days and from Baltal it can be covered in a day only.

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My Bucket List: Top 10 Places to Visit

Just after stroked by the fellow travelers to escape out from my den and get into the sight of this World. I decided to write down my dream places or I would like to call it my travel bucket list (top 10 places to visit). Below are the ten places where I would love to meander and I could give my all worldly possessions, just to chase down them.

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From the spectacular lavender meadows of France to the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas, India, this whole world is full of places which are so beautiful that they could even beat, Heaven. After tracing down the top best treks in India and having experience of Amarnath Yatra, I felt that being connected to this mother earth (without judging the locality by area) is the all that we need somewhere.

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On my Pinterest account, I found a pin quoting “if you don’t build your own dream, someone will hire you to build theirs”. This line made me curious to make some more dreams and try every possible way to follow them. Like writing them somewhere (like this post), keep murmuring them to others so that they could push me or pop me towards those dreams.


After a great brainstorming, I came to this point in which I have the world’s most beautiful top 10 places to visit in the following upcoming life. Believe me, these are the places where I can live at any cost. I will not think twice to become a Vampire’s assistance, in return of tickets to these places.

NOTE: All these places are not newly added to my bucket list, they all have a connection with me, from the aged back.

Top 10 Places to Visit in the World – My Bucket List

The Great Wall of China

The Wall

Though this wonder of the World does not need any description. I would like to give you a story that, why it felt at number one in my top 10 places to visit. I have a clear memory that, when I was in 7th standard, there was an inter-house display competition and the topic was Seven Wonders of the World.

Wonder of the World

It may sound stupidly, but in reality, that was the first time when I came to know about this particular wonder. And from that every moment it glued in my mind. This miraculously 21196-kilometer long tarmac is the focus point of the travelers. It is just way beyond beautiful.

Trolltunga cliff (Norway)


It is a cliff in Norway Fjords, somewhat 1100 meters high from the sea level and hovering 700 meters up from a lake called Ringedalsvatnet. It became my favorite place when I first saw a picture of a guy sitting at the edge of the cliff by putting legs down towards the lake.

The Cliff

Basically, it is a hike of 12 to 14 hours from Skjeggedal (a village in Norway). And it is my dream that there should be an image in which I will be jumping for a pendant pose.

Mani Mahesh (India)

Mani Mahesh Lake

It is a high altitude lake in Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh, situated 13,390 feet high from the sea level. Like the legend of Amarnath Temple, this lake also has a legend related to that power, Lord Shiva.

It is said that a mani (diamond), showed-up high at the Mani Mahesh mountain peak and that is for thousands of pilgrims take part in this annual (August to September) pilgrimage.

Tomorrowland (Belgium)


You might be thinking that this is a place or what. Let me tell you, Tomorrowland is a world’s largest music festival, first held in Boom, Belgium (2005). Most prominently, it held in final weekends of July (tentative), now the organizing committee of this festival is planning to cover the whole world and luckily they are spreading their legs in India also.

The World

Famous Disc Jockey (DJ)s from all around the world, tasked to perform their best. In front of the crowd gathered from all around the World, for three days. I can only imagine (now only) that how amazing those three days could be in any one’s life or for a music lover like me. I will definitely make it to this heaven one day.

Amsterdam – The Netherlands

Canal View

Though this place doesn’t need much description. But I would like to tell you why this capital city of The Netherlands falls into my top 10 places to visit list. In this city, there is no single thing which categorized as illegal. In this city everything is legal, except the social violation of rules. There are several canals, bars, and awesome places to hang out.

I Amsterdam

Mostly, people in this city ride a bicycle only, that’s the thing which attracted me more. Imagine that a city in which no blooming sound of horns, no traffic jams, and no worries of petrol price hike. Life is all sorted there. Basically, this city is kind-of-type-me (I AM-Sterdam).

Northern Lights in Canada

The Aurora

Just like most of the travelers, I also wanted to see that magical show. That happens in between the sky in Canada. It can also be experienced in some parts of Alaska, Finland, and Iceland. I have read that, one who cast a glance at the lightning show will become the happiest person. Because it is the phenomenon that tells us about the mystical fable about this World.


One who experiences it will eventually succeed in life and will get deep knowledge of 7 virtues of life. There is a famous author Robin Sharma, he said that “life without dreams is like, earth without water”. So I set my sail in that direction which is the necessity of life.

Corsica (Island in Mediterranean Sea in French Region)


I don’t know about the other, but there is a Bollywood movie named Tamashaa of Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone. When I first watch this movie, it became my best ever movie and the shooting of this movie held at this Island.


I have only seen this place in the movie and it left its long-lasting impression in my heart. That’s why it is on my bucket list of the top 10 places to visit.

Stay in an Igloo


It may sound crazy but believe me staying in an Igloo is the best part of doing things in life (heard). Let me tell you, Igloo is a snow house or snow hut, made up of snow which can easily be compacted.

Stay in Igloo

It can be experienced in the Arctic region of Earth, which means in parts of Finland, Iceland, and Alaska. And before getting the mix in the soil of this earth, I have to make it through.

Queenstown (New Zealand)

The Town

I have read about this city in many blog post, they all ended up by listing its endless beautiful shores. This place is best suits for the person who loves adventurous activities (like skiing, bungee jumping, and many more).

Bunjee Jumping in Queenstown

Perhaps, this city is known for its best connection with Lake Wanaka, a lake at 300-meter altitude. This part of New Zealand helped New Zealand in gaining the title of second heaven in this universe. So it is a way of paying homage to this city by adding it into my list of top 10 places to visit.

Eiffel Tower’s Illuminations (Paris, France)

Eiffel Tower

Last but not the least, hope you all must be aware of that Paris is known as the city of Love and Romance. It is said that the air of this city has some kind of love in it. It became quadruple when that 5-minutes illuminations at Eiffel Tower on every hour on the hour happens.


Every evening, Eiffel Tower adorned with its golden covering and sparkles for 5-minutes. It is the dream of every couple that, once for all, they both enjoy those 5-minutes. As this city is known for love and romance, so I would like to explore this city with my better half.

top 10 places to visit

If all goes with the will of almighty, I will take my last better only if I conquered them all. So, they are my top 10 places to visit in this whole world. Have you made your bucket list or the things you want to do in life? If not, then you have time now, there is no shortage of time if you task yourself to do something. Something which makes you feel better, joyous, and most enlightened.

Explore Amarnath Yatra 2018 – Journey from the starting

amarnath yatra 2018This is a story of my recent adventure-trek-dream and love for Lord Shiva. This is a story of my recent excursion Amarnath Yatra 2018. This year this annual pilgrimage started from 28th of June to the will of Lord Shiva.

It was all started from the days back to my childhood. When I was a child, my father had the privilege to go there for the consecutive three years. From thence, it eventually became my dream to make a visit to that eternal cave at least for once. And this year I made it or I can say that Lord Shiva fulfilled my desire.

RishikeshThe good omens started coming in between my path from the very starting of this 2018. Many great and amazing things had done with me, but I would like to say that the world just conspired to make them true. As it is said that once you ought to do something with a strong will, it will become intentionally, come true.

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This year I registered for this peaceful pilgrimage and 14 July was the date on which I have to appear at Baltal access gate. There are two routes through which one can make way to cave in which the most revered form of Lord Shiva appears. One is from Baltal and the second one is from Pahalgam. From Baltal, it is a nose-peeping steep trek of 14 km and from Pahalgam, it is of 40 kilometers but full of heavenly things.

Journey to the Amarnath cave

On the 12th of July in the evening, a fleet of four cars left my home city, including ours. Mine was the Mahindra SUV 500 in which we are five guys and a driver. We have covered a journey of 1060 kilometers from Atrauli, a small town in Uttar Pradesh to Baltal. We have passed through the Boulevards of Noida, Ghaziabad, Karnal, Ludhiana, Pathankot, and Srinagar.

amarnath cave

As I have discussed this Amarnath Yatra 2018 in my earlier posts best treks in India and Amarnath yatra latest news, this is the most sacred abode of Lord Shiva. This is the most dangerous trek in India, the changes of terror attacks and natural disasters give weightage to this.

En-route to Baltal, we had crossed the Chenani-Nashri Tunnel, Asia’s longest tunnel had driven along the upstream of Chenab River, and had the amazing experience of watering roads. Having sat in the car I told myself that “it is the journey that lends more meaning than the destination”. We had dinner in a roadside Dhaaba after crossing Kurukshetra.

Langars and Bhandaraas arranged for the Amarnath Yatra

There are thousand people present in this country of myths and believes, they all just wanted to put themselves in such kind of noble activities. We have seen that just after entering in Jammu and Kashmir, the langars and bhandaraas were organized for the yatris. So that they could get their meals easily and can share their religious merit.

Honestly, just after entering J &K, I haven’t had to pay for the meals. Whenever we felt hungry, we simply stop at some roadside Bhandaraas. Had whatever we wanted to eat or drink. Tea, water, milk, food, etc all were present there for us, we were treated as the most important persons on the Earth.

July 13th, 2018 – A fable of Amarnath Yatra

himalayan rangesAfter a continuous run of 10 hours, it was 3 AM clicking in the watch and we were entering the Northern-most Indian state, Jammu, and Kashmir. That was my second time in J & K. Just after entering this state, a sudden realization came that this state is worth having the title of Crown of India. The air filled with the lust of the green Himalayas is solely enough to make fall in love with it.



I pulled down the window mirror and taste the cool breeze of the air, which trying to tell in that I am near to my oasis. The day started began as it taken command over the night’s darkness. We had made our way to the Bhagwati Base Camp, from where the fleet of 12 cars released amid the high security of NSG commandos and BSF. Somewhere in heart, all the people present in that fleet had only one thing in mind that is a dream. A dream to visit or to make it to that eternal cave.

shubham varshneyFrom Bhagwati Nagar base camp to Baltal, the distance is 375 kilometers and believe me I have seen an NSG command at every 50 meters. The security was so tight that no attacker will dare to invade it. The Indian Armed forces just amazed me by its power. We have saluted to every possible commando and army man. And the most courteous thing is that they all have responded back, as their acknowledgment.

It was eleven in the morning had breakfast near Udhampur city, in Udhampur district of Jammu and Kashmir and headed for the destination. In the middle of the journey, I found myself trapped in the beauty of the Himalayan Ranges. The greenery was endowed on the land, the mountains were laden with green trees and the small formation of clouds made the moment picture-perfect.

The petrichor was so elegant that it could fail each deo and the most calming sound was of those tiny droplets of rainwater which were touching our windshield. On this day, I realized that why this state is known as the heaven on the earth. Very far away from the hustle and bustle lives, this state kept the very mesmerizing vistas. The only thing that put me in vain was the holding of Pakistan’s flag in the hands of the natives.

We have crossed many cities which were all silent, I was just able to spot only the military men. Had a pass-through Dal Lake in Srinagar and marched towards Baltal. We stuck to the highway which was going to the place which is a dream of many, it was none other than, Leh and Ladakh. I have seen many riders who were riding their bikes as a pure traveler. And honestly, they filled me completely with the joy of traveling.

By the end of the day we have reached Baltal and in its parking, we have parked and gone through many security checks. After that, we looked for a perfect place for meal and rest. Sooner and later, we have reached to the Bhandara which was organized by the Committee of Amarnath Yatra Aligarh. We have halted there, had a leisure walk on the streets of Baltal camp and enjoyed the stars-lid sky.

The next day was the day which was assigned us to climb the mountains to reach that auspicious cave. That night was one of the longest nights of my life. I will share the experience of that most awaited day in my later post till then stay connect and stay tuned. And live life to its fullest.

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