General Information :
Altitude : 3880-4218 metres.
Clothings : Heavy woollens with raincoat.
Languages Spoken : Kashmiri, Hindi, English.
Best Season : Mid-June to Mid-October.
Information Centre :Indiatourism Office,
88 Janpath, NewDelhi-110001,
Situated at a height of 3,880 metres in the Himalayas, the cave enshrines a naturally formed ice-lingam, symbol of Lord Shiva, which waxes and wanes with the moon, reaching its maximum dimensions on the day of pilgrimage. This is where, Hindus believe, Lord Shiva explained the secret of salvation to his consort Parvati on a full moon night. Every year in the month of Shravana (July-August), when the moon is full, thousands of devout pilgrims gather before Amarnath Cave in the picturesque Lidder Valley in Kashmir to offer their prayers to Lord Shiva.
Air : Nearest airport Srinagar (94 kms from Pahalgam) is directly connected by Delhi, Jammu and Leh.
Rail : Nearest railway station Jammu-Tawi (335 kms from Amarnath & 287 kms from Pahalgam) is connected by rail to all the main cities in India.
Road : J&K Road Transport and Private Transports operate buses from Shrinagar & and Jammu to Pahalgam, from where the remaining 48 kms to the Amarnath Cave is to be covered by ponies or on foot. Pahalgam is connected by road to Jammu (335 kms), Shrinagar (94 kms), Ambala Cantt (678 kms), Patnitop (180 kms),Pathankot (394 kms), Delhi (870 kms), Ludhiana (565 kms), Jalandhar Cantt.(512 kms), Punch (231 kms), Anantnag (44 kms), Udhampur (226 kms).
Trek to Cave :Assistant Director, Tourism, Pahalgam, J&K, operates tours to the Amarnath Cave.
The itinerary for the Yatra follows as under
1st day : Pahalgam- Chandanwari (16 kms)
2nd day : Chandanbari- Shesnag (13 kms)
3rd day : Shesnag- Panchtarani (13 kms)
4th day : Panchtarani- Shri Amarnath Cave (6 kms). A short trek to Amarnath Cave via Sonamarg & Baltal is 30 kms.
Useful InformationWeek's supply of essential commodities & provisions should be carried along with. Also necessary tinned food, a thermos, torch, raincoat, waterproof shoes, heavy woollens, gumboots, walking stick and first aid equipments. All requirements are available at Pahalgam. The entire yatra is usually completed in 5 to 6 days. The route is generally kept open from late June to the end of September.