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Amarnath Yatra

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    One of the holy trinity, Shiva is a living god. The most sacred and most ancient book of India, the Rig Veda evokes his presence in its hymns, Vedic Myths, rituals and even testify to his existance from the dawn of time.

Legend has it that Shiva recounted to Parvati the secret of creation in a cave in Amarnath. Unknown to them, a pair of doves eavesdropped on this conversation and having learnt the secret, are reborn again and again, and have made the cave their eternal abode. Many pilgrims report seeing the doves pair when they tred the ardous route to pay obeisance before the ice lingam (the phallic symbol of Shiva).

The annual yatra to Holy Amarnath Cave, situated at 14000 ft. above sea level, is organised by the State Government during the month of July and August. The intending pilgrims are allowed to perform darshan from Ashard Purnimashi to Shravan Purnimashi which course spreads over a month or so. With a view to work out and finalise different arrangements, a series of core meetings are held at Srinagar as well as Pahalgam (the base-camp for Amarnath Yatra). Among other issues connected with yatra, a decision is taken for regulating the yatra traffic within the prescribed daily ceiling as per Sen Gupta Report on both Pahalgam and Baltal routes . Simultaneously, the J&K Tourist offices located outside the State, are asked to start advance registration of yatries on first come first serve basis, within a stipulated period and thereafter `current registration' of yatris is done by the Tourist offices within the State which continues till end of yatra. The detailed information with regard to Yatra, including other related issues like Do's and Don'ts, installation of free langers by NGOs is publicised by the Tourism Department in leading national dailies as well as local news papers. However the intending Yatris can have the detailed information in the form of printed material at all the Tourism Offices located within and outside the state .

Following are the designated Registration Officers and their addresses:

1. Assistant Director-Tourism, J&K Government (For residents of Delhi, U.P and Haryana). Address for correspondence, 201-203 Kanishka Shoping Complex, 19-Ashok Road New Delhi, Tel:011-3345373. Address for registration, J&K Govt. Guest House Kutlly Marg Chankiyapuri New Delhi.

2. Deputy Director Tourism,J&K Govt., 26th North Wing ,World Trade Centre Cuffe Parade, Colaba Mumbai. Tel: 022-218804 (for residents of Maharshtra, Madiya Pradesh and Goa).

3. Tourist Officer, J&K Govt., 12 Chowringhee, Culcutta. (Tel 033-228591) (For residents of West Bangal, Orrisa, Bihar and North Eastern States).

4. Assistant Director Tourism, J&K Government, II-floor 36/36-A North Uma Road Chennai. Tel: 044-550551. For residents of Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry.

5. Assistant Tourist Officer, J&k Govt., Airlines House, Lal Darwaza, Ahmadabad (Tel:077-5503551). For residents of Gujarat State).

6. Assistant Tourist Officer, J&K Govt. 5th Floor, Left Wing, Chandra Vihar Complex, M.J. Road, Hyderabad. Tel: 044-4734805 (For residents of Andra Pradesh and Karnataka).

7. Deputy Director, Tourism, J&K Govt, Tourist Reception Centre, Veer Marg Jammu. Tel:0191-520432 ( For residents of Jammu, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh).

8. Tourist Officer, J&K Govt, Enquiry & Reservations , Tourist Reception Centre, Srinagar. Tel:0194-479548, 452690 ( For those applying directly to Head office).


Download/ViewThe Registration Form [In Text format . To be printed on A4 size paper ]

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