AMARNATH YATRA

DESTINATIONS COVERED : Delhi – Pahalgam – Amarnath cave & Srinagar – Gulmarg
DURATION : 10 Days/ 09 Nights

"The Himalayan pilgrimages are the oldest organised travel system, evolved over time by Hindu sages and embodying the spirit of wander, adventure and spirituality".

"For those who journey with faith, it is a rewarding experience, this simple visitation to a cave-shrine, the home of the Himalayan mendicant who is both destroyer and healer, the greatest of the Hindu God"

Lord Shiva , in the form of a lingam, is formed naturally of an ice – stalagmite. Legend has it that Shiva recounted to Parvati the secret of creation in the Amarnathji cave. Unknown to them, a pair of mating pigeons eavesdropped on this conversation and having learned the secret, are reborn again and again, and have made the cave their eternal abode. Many pilgrims report seeing the pigeons-pair when they trek the arduous route to pay obeisance before the ice-lingam (the phallic symbol of Shiva).

According to an ancient tale, there was once a Muslim shepherd named Buta Malik who was given a sack of coal by a sadhu. Upon reaching home he discovered that the sack, in fact, contained gold. Overjoyed and overcome, Buta Malik rushed back to look for the sadhu and thank him, but on the spot of their meeting discovered a cave, and eventually this became a place of pilgrimage for all believers. To date, a percentage of the donations made by pilgrims are given to the descendants of Malik, and the remaining to the trust which manages the shrine.

The Amarnathji Yatra is performed in the month of Shravan (July - August) when the devout flock to this incredible shrine.

 

RECOMMENDED PLAN - ITINERARY

DAY 01       DELHI – SRINAGAR (By flight) – PAHALGAM
On arrival at Srinagar Airport, you'll be met by our local representative and then drive to Pahalgam (a distance of about 96 kms will be covered in about 4-5 hrs). On arrival Pahalgam check into hotel for overnight stay..

DAY 02       PAHALGAM – CHANDANWARI
Morning after breakfast, you'll trek upto Chandanwari (2896mts).  Chandanwari is a small shut off valley at the junction of Sheshnag stream and the stream for Astanmarg. The distance of about 16 kms will be covered in about 4-½ hrs. On arrival Chandanwari have a dinner and overnight stay in tents. .

DAY 03       CHANDANWARI – SHESHNAG
Today the trek upto Sheshnag is about 13 kms (3576mts) and will take about 5-6 hrs. You'll climb the Pisu Ghati and then gradually to the Sheshnag Lake. Sheshnag is one of the windiest places in this valley. On arrival Sheshnag have a dinner and overnight stay in tents. .

DAY 04       SHESHNAG – PANCHTARNI
The trek upto Panchtarni is about 13 kms (3657mts) and will take about 5-6 hrs. You'll walk through Mahagunas Pass (3200mts) and then will take a gradual walk to Panchtarani. On arrival Panchtarni have a dinner and overnight stay in tents. .

DAY 05       PANCHTARNI – AMARNATH – SHESHNAG
Start your trek early morning to Amarnath cave which is only 6 kms from Panchtarni but its recommended to trek early morning as their will be long queues at cave for darshan. Take a holy dip in the ice cold water of the stream and then have a darshan of white and glistering three massive Lingams stand erect, the symbols of Lord Shiva , Parvathi and Ganesh . Then track back to Sheshnag which will be a descending walk. On arrival Sheshnag have a dinner and overnight stay in tents. .

DAY 06       SHESHNAG – PAHALGAM – SRINAGAR
Today you'll trek down to Pahalgam via Chandanwari and then drive to Srinagar – the summer capital city of the state. Upon arrival at Srinagar , transfer to Houseboat. .

DAY 07       GULMARG (45 kms, 1-2 hrs)
After breakfast drive for an excursion to the famous skiing & golf resort of India, Gulmarg (Meadow of Flowers) . On the way can visit apple orchards. At Gulmarg you can have a ride on world's highest GONDOLA cable car which will take you up to 4,200 meters above sea level. Afternoon after lunch take a Shikara ride on the picturesque Dal Lake and experience shopping for handicrafts, papier mache products, silk & wool carpets, pashmina & embroidered shawls and a variety of stones & walnut wood products. .

DAY 08       SRINAGAR
After breakfast full day city tour of Srinagar, visiting Mogul gardens – Shalimar Bagh (Abode of love) & Nishat Bagh (Abode of pleasure) . Also  visit Hazratbal mosque (350 years old mosque), Shankaracharya temple – the only one in the world, the carpet  and silk factory. .

DAY 09       SRINAGAR – DELHI (By Flight)
After breakfast depart to airport to fly back to Delhi . On arrival Delhi you'll check into hotel Orchid Garden or Singh Group or similar. .

DAY 10       DELHI LOCAL CITY TOUR & DEPARTURE
After breakfast you'll go for a half day local city tour of Delhi visiting Jama Masjid , Raj Ghat (Samadhi of Mahatma Gandhi), India Gate (War Memorial), bypass Parliament & President house, Mahatma Gandhi & Indira Gandhi museums. After lunch, departure to airport/ railway station for the onward destination, along with unforgettable memories. .