Amarnath Yatra 2023: The upcoming Baba Amarnath Barfani Yatra is set to commence soon in the union territory of Jammu and Kashmir.
This pilgrimage to the ancient cave sanctuary of Amarnath, located at an elevation of 3,880 metres in the south Kashmir Himalayas, will take place from July 1 to August 31. Here's everything you need to know about the yatra:
The 62-day-long Amarnath Yatra will kickstart on July 1 from two traditional routes. Pilgrims can embark on their journey from Nunwan in Pahalgam or Baltal in central Kashmir's Ganderbal district.
Prior registration is mandatory for undertaking the Amarnath Yatra. You can register through online and offline channels. Offline registration can be done at select branches of PNB, SBI, Yes Bank, and Jammu and Kashmir Bank.
For online registration, you can visit the official website at jksasb.nic.in or download the Shri Amarnath Ji Yatra app. Simply follow the instructions and provide necessary details such as a medical certificate issued by an authorized doctor/hospital in your state and a passport-size photo.
1. Visit the official website - jksasb.nic.in
2. Click on the "Register" tab on the homepage.
3. Read the "DOs & Don'ts" instructions carefully and agree to them.
4. Select your preferred route, either "Baltal" or "Pahalgam," and fill in the required details.
The Amarnath Yatra offers two routes. The first route, spanning approximately 46 to 48 kilometres, starts from Pahalgam and takes around 5 days to complete. The second route, although shorter at about 14 to 16 kilometres, is more challenging due to its steep ascent. Consequently, most pilgrims prefer the first route.
To participate in the Amarnath Yatra, individuals must fall within the age range of 13 to 70 years. Pregnant women who are six or more weeks into their pregnancy are advised against undertaking the yatra due to potential risks for both the mother and the child.
With the registration process, specific routes, and age criteria clarified, prospective pilgrims can now plan their journey to embark on the revered Amarnath Yatra.