||Useful Tips on the Yatra.
The Yatra is organised
by the Jammu & Kashmir Govt., in the month of Shravan,
and commences mainly
from Pahalgam on specified dates. In recent
years the route from
Baltal has also been thrown open for the pilgrims to approach the holy
Dress: Pilgrims are advised
to carry sufficient wollens such as sweaters,
drawers, wollen trousers,
monkey cap etc. Other items could include wind
cheaters, rain coat,
sleeping bag or blankets, umbrella, waterproof boots/shoes,
walking stick, torch
etc. Ladies are advised not to go on the trek in saris,
instead pants or Salwar
suits with drawers should be used.
posts manned by qualified doctors and nursing
staff are established
enroute to cater to the needs of the pilgrims, free of cost.
However, pilgrims are
advised to carry along any medicines specifically prescribed for them.
rations are available at fair price rates from the specially
established Govt. Depots
at Chandanwari, Sheshnag and Panchtami,
Numerous wayside tea-shops
and small restaurants are set up by private parties.
However, pilgrims are
advised to carry with them biscuits, toffees,
tinned food etc. to cater
to their immediate needs. Firewood or gas can be
obtained at Chandanwari,
Sheshnag (Wawajan), Panchtami and near the Cave.
Insurance: In view of
the hazardous nature, pilgrims are advised to insure
themselves before proceeding
on the Yatra.
Accommodation: Good tented
accommodation with allied facilities
are set-up during the
Yatra period by the J&K TDC as well as
These are provided on
the basis of payment of rates fixed by the State authorities.
Facilities for booking
of such accommodation will be available at the base camps.
of pilgrims are undertaken about a month ahead of the
date fixed for commencement
of Yatra. The dates are generally notified through
No Yatri will be allowed to proceed on
the journey without a
Registration Card. Amarnath Yatra 2012...
And Don'ts for the Yatris:
Pilgrims are advised not
to pay more than the specified rates for either services or their provisions.
It is important to observe
discipline on the trek and keep moving slowly and steadily. Adhere to the
instructions issued by the Yatra Officer from time to time. Officials
of the State Police, Health, Tourism, Food & Supplies and other concerned
Departments are deployed on duty to help the pilgrims.
You must also ensure that
you are physically fit for the journey, and have yourself medically examined.
Remember that you have to cross Mahagunus pass which is at an altitude
of 14,000 feet above sea level.
Please ensure that ponies
carrying your luggage and eatables remain with you at all times. Also ensure
that the Ponywalla, labourer or Dandiwalla is properly
registered and carries a token. You can get these alloted at fixed rates
at the base camps.
Do not overstrain on steep
gradients: do not relax at points where there are warning notices; don't
break traffic discipline or try to overtake other on difficult stretches.
Aged, infirm, ailing
and insufficiently clothed persons will not be permitted to proceed beyond
Prepare for Yatra
by achieving Physical fitness
order to perform smooth and trouble free yatra, it is advisable to
start preparatory morning / evening walk of about 4 - 5 kms
per day atleast a month prior to Yatra. Apart from above If you can have
daily massage of your body with body oil, preferably mustard (sarson) oil
and bathe in the lukewarm water , this will help your body
to become flexible and you will not feel tired. Moreover the effect of
sudden change in temperature & climate on you will be reduced
to a large extent . As oxygen gets rare some times , It is better to improve
your physical fitness . To increase your body efficiency of
oxygen , it is very good to start deep breathing exercises . The Yoga exercise
like Prana Yam can be learnt.
needful warm clothings and wind shield and proper shoes
have to trek through high mountains and there are cold winds
blowing . So during the Yatra, take Woollen Clothings, Small
Umbrella (only Head Cover with Elastic around Forehead and supported by
strap around the chin), Wind shield, Raincoat, Waterproof Shoes (
Preferably Hunter Shoes), Torch, Stick, Cap (preferably Monkey Cap), Gloves,
Jacket, Woollen Socks and Trousers. These are essential as the climate
is unpredictable and changes abruptly from sunny weather to rain
and snow. The temperature may abruptly fall even up to -5 degree C
a slip with your Name, Address and the name of accompanying yatri
in your pocket
water bottle , dry fruit, and baked grams with you during journey
some cold cream or vaseline with you to protect skin from cold winds
a little relaxation on steep inclines and don't exert yourself too much
are advised to follow the instructions issued by Yatra Administration.
is requested that do provide all needful help to the co-devotee travelling
yatra with a pious mind and keep enchanting "Om Namah Shivay" all the way.
the Yatra from Pahalgam onward , keep your clothes and eatables in plastic
bag to avoid the things being drenched during the rain
some common medicines such as Glucose, Disprin etc. with you for immediate
is not suitable dress for the Yatra .Ladies should not wear saris as it
may be very inconvenient. Salwar kameej, pant shirt or Track suit will
be very comfortable.
the horses / ponies with your luggage and Coolies along side
as it is difficult to trace them in case you are separated from them. More
over you may need some of those useful items from luggage any time at a
|Best suitable shoes
are Hunter shoes and most comfortable Dress is woollen track suit.
The best way to
perform Yatra is to keep a steady and slow pace. Donít exert more
by fast walking . The moral of the story of Hare and tortoise is best applicable
stop at such places which are marked by warning notices
take drugs during Yatra.
children and aged persons are advised not to perform yatra
,keeping in view the tough nature of the yatra.
use Slippers because of the steep rises and falls on the route
to the Holy Cave.
attempt short cuts on the route as it is very dangerous.