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Here’s how to plan for Shri Amarnathji Yatra 2015



By Newsgram Staff Writer

Shri Amarnathji Yatra 2015, a spiritual journey, this year will commence from 2nd July and conclude on 9th August.

The Yatra is exclusive in its own way as it offers a glimpse of the immortal Lord Shiva in the form of an ice lingam. It is situated in the southern part of Kashmir and is opened every year in summers. The shrine is managed by Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB).

This board is not only responsible for proper arrangements of the Yatra but also provides better opportunities to its pilgrims.

If you are planning your pilgrimage this summer, here a few do’s and don’ts that will make your journey a pleasant one.


  • Achieve a high level of Physical Fitness. For improving the oxygen efficiency of your body, you should start doing deep breathing exercises and Yoga, particularly Pranayam. You should also start walking for 4-5kms.
  • You must carry (i) adequate woolen clothing; (ii) a small umbrella (iii) windcheater; (iv) raincoat; (v) waterproof trekking shoes; (vi) torch; (vii) walking stick; (viii) cap; (ix) gloves; (x) jacket; (xi) woolen socks; (xii) trousers. These items are essential as the climate is highly unpredictable and can change from sunny to snowy.
  • Wearing comfortable clothes should be priority. For ladies Sarees should be avoided. Ladies who are more than 6 week pregnant are not allowed to undertake the pilgrimage.
  • Children below 13 year in age and elderly persons above the age of 75 years are not permitted to undertake the pilgrimage.
  • Carry a water bottle, dry fruits, roasted grams/channa, toffees/gur (jiggery), chocolates, etc for use during the journey.
  • Carrying cold cream/Vaseline/sunscreen to protect your hands /face against sunburn is advisable.
  • You should not trek alone. Always travel in a group.
  • Keep a note containing the name/addresses/mobile telephone number of a member of your group with whom you are travelling in your pocket. You must also carry your Yatra Permit and any other identity card.
  • You must seek immediate assistance of the Police and also have an announcement made on the Public Address System at the Yatra Camp in case of emergency.
  • All organic wastes must be put in the dustbin which is green coloured.
  • Lavatories/ urinals, installed in the camps and other places enroute the Holy Cave, should be used.


  • Don’t stop at places which are marked by warning notices.
  • Don’t use slippers because there are steep rises and falls on the route to the Holy Cave. Only wear trekking shoes with laces.
  • Don’t attempt any short cuts on the route as doing so would be dangerous.
  • Use of plastics is strictly banned in the State and is punishable under law. Do not pollute the surroundings.


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Amarnath Yatra: Adhere to these Do’s and Dont’s While on the Pilgrimage

Here are the Amarnath Yatra safety tips to adhere in order to ensure a safe pilgrimage to the baba amaranth shivling mounted on 13,000 feet height

Amarnath Yatra
Amarnath Yatra. Wikimedia

July 13, 2017:

Amarnath Yatra is known to be one of the most difficult pilgrimages in India due to a plethora of reasons. Amongst many reasons, frequent terrorist attacks on Amarnath raises the level of complexity and challenges for the pilgrims. The area also extends to the land of Jammu & Kashmir, which has beheld tensions of late.

In the wake of the terror attack on the bus carrying Amarnath yatris on Monday, it is important to acquaint people with the Amarnath Yatra’s dos and don’ts. The bus that was attacked recently was neither registered with the Sri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB) nor adhered to the security details obligatory for the sojourners with respect to the terror threat.

 The Amarnath Yatra is open for the Shiva devotees from June 29 to August 7, 2017.
Here are the Amarnath Yatra safety tips in order to ensure a safe pilgrimage to the ‘Baba Amaranth Shivling’ mounted on 13,000 feet height.


  • The temperature may fall up to 5 degree Celsius, hence it is advised to carry sufficient Wollen Clothes.
  • The Yatra bus carrying the pilgrims is prohibited after 7 pm. One must carry the yatra permit and requisite papers all the time with themselves.
  • One must keep in their pocket a note containing the name/address, a mobile telephone number of any yatri progressing for darshan on the same dates for emergency purposes.
  • Travel in groups rather in isolation.
  • In the case of any mishap or sudden emergency situation, immediately contact the nearest Camp Director / Mountain Rescue Teams (MRTs) stationed at various locations.
  • Ensure that the pony man or the person who carries your luggage is registered with the police and carries an identity card.
  • Pre-paid SIM Cards from the states outside J&K do not work in the yatra area. Yatris can obtain pre-activated SIM Cards at the base camps of Baltal and Nunwan.
  • Do carry medicines for cold, fever, vomit and first aid kit with you while taking the pilgrimage.

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  •  Inside the cave, incense stick and diyas are not allowed as it raises the temperature which also melts the frosted mercury shivling.
  • Children below 13 years, pregnant women and elderly citizens over 75 years are forbidden to carry the pilgrimage.
  • Don’t try short cut routes to the holy cave. It might lead to danger.
  • Do not take any polyethene material as it is banned in J&K and punishable under law.
  • Do not wear slippers or loose sandals while trekking to the holy cave as the route has falls and tilts. It is advised to wear trekking shoes for the yatra.
  • Women to avoid wearing saree as the Amarnath yatra route becomes difficult in the later stages.
  • Lastly, respect the environment and do not pollute the land of Shiva while taking the Amarnath Yatra

– by Naina Mishra of Newsgram. Twitter: @Nainamishr94