Shri Amarnath Ji Yatra is a yearly organized pilgrimage for Hindu devotees. Each year, the Yatra sees a huge number of pilgrims taking the route of Baltal and Pahalgam to reach the Sacred Cave. The shrine is famous for the naturally formed ice Shivalinga, which is a well-known form of Shiva. The Yatra is the toughest trek, no less than putting one’s life at risk. Even then, devotees are determined to have the Darshan of Baba Barfani; a rare sight presented only during the months of Shravan (July-August).
Shri Amarnath Ji Yatra Tips
1. You must first register before planning a journey to Shri Amarnath Ji Yatra. Registrations are open in the month of April. You can get yourself registered individually or in a group.
2. While registering through the prescribed Application form, you must submit a Compulsory Health Certificate(CHC). Also, passport-size photographs will be required for your Yatra permit and application.
3. Once you are done with registrations, you will get enough time to walk, run and get in shape. To stay physically fit is the top-most requirement. Pilgrims with health problems and high-running diseases are not allowed to go on this Yatra.
4. Make sure you develop the habit of walking 5 km every day. This will help you avoid high-altitude sickness problems.
5. Pre-decide the route you want to take. Your decision can be based on whether you want to take a longer (Pahalgam) or shorter (Baltal) route.
6. Carry reusable water bottles while trekking and keep yourself hydrated throughout the journey.
Things to Remember During Shri Amarnath Ji Yatra
1. Carry original Id proof and your Yatra permit. Know that entries will not be allowed if you don’t have a hard copy of the permit. E-tickets are not valid.
2. Bring protein-packed snacks such as glucose biscuits, dark chocolate, dried fruit, jaggery, etc. This will give you energy for your journey.
3. Keep woollen clothes such as sweaters, socks, scarves, and warm clothes as the weather will be cold.
4. Consuming alcohol and non-vegetarian foods is prohibited. So, kindly refrain from bringing those on your Yatra.
5. Use of any plastic is punishable under the law. It is strictly banned while undertaking the Yatra.
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