The first batch of Amarnath Yatra has started today from the Bhagwati Nagar camp and they will start their journey to the cave shrine from Baltal and Pahalgam routes on June 28. The 60-day Amarnath Yatra will conclude on August 26 with the ‘Raksha Bandhan’ festival. Over 2 lakh pilgrims from across the country have registered themselves for the yatra to the cave shrine in the south Kashmir Himalayas.
The security is very tight at the Amarnath yatra as vehicles are tagged with electromagnetic chips, bike and bullet-proof SUV police convoys and scores of bullet-proof bunkers have been deployed. Over 40,000 armed CRPF and state police personnel have virtually dotted the yatra routes from Jammu via Pahalgam and Baltal– with their overwhelming presence in armoured vehicles.
Here are few of the important details about the Amarnath yatra you should know:
Number of pilgrims allowed per day: 1500 (7500 each on two decided routes)
Age limit: 14 to 74 years (children below 13 years and adults above 75 not allowed)
Amarnath Yatra registration: The yatris can secure the permit from any of the notified bank branches located across the nation. The addresses of the notified bank branches are available at Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board’s website.
Amarnath Yatra route: There are two routes the yatris can opt for Baltal and Pahalgam. It takes five days to cover the 46-km Pahalgam trek, which is basically an ancient pilgrimage route. Pilgrims prefer the new 14-km Baltal route since it takes lesser time to cover it.
Amarnath Weather: Looking at the weather in Amarnath, over the next 7 days, the maximum temperature will be 16℃ (or 61℉) on Saturday 30th June at around 2 pm. In the same week the minimum temperature will be 3℃ (or 37℉) on Wednesday 27th June at around 5 am.
Amarnath Yatra helicopter services: The advance online booking for Amarnath Yatra helicopter tickets began on April 27, 2018, from 10:00 am onwards. Pilgrims could book the tickets through the websites of the heli-operators with which the arrangements had been finalised – UTAir India Pvt Ltd and Global Vectra Helicorp Ltd for the Neelgrath-Panjtarni-Neelgrath sector and Himalayan Heli Services Pvt Ltd for the Pahalgam-Panjtarni-Pahalgam sector.
Per passenger one-way heli-fare for Yatra 2018 has been fixed at Rs. 1,600/- (inclusive of all taxes) for the Neelgrath-Panjtarni-Neelgrath and Rs. 2,751/- (inclusive of all taxes) for the Pahalgam-Panjtarni-Pahalgam sectors.
Registration process of Amarnath Yatra: Registration and issue of yatra permit is done on first-come-first-serve basis. Travellers can get themselves registered at 440 designated bank branches of the Punjab National Bank, Jammu and Kashmir Bank and YES Bank in 32 states and Union Terriories across the country.