Shri Amarnath YatraThe Himalayan pilgrimages are the oldest organised travel system, evolved over time by Hindu sages and embodying the spirit of wander, adventure and spirituality.
Lord Shiva is known to have made his adobe in the Himalayas. He built no house nor shelter, not for himself or his consort, Goddess Parvati. He was an ascetic, and yet married; He could be both for "He is the God sporting in the forest or taking his ease on a cloud."
Situated in a narrow gorge at the farther end of Lidder valley, Shri Amarnath Cave Shrine stands at 3,888 m and is 45 km from Pahalgam and 141 km from Srinagar.
Though the original pilgrimage subscribes that the yatra be undertaken from Srinagar, the more common practice is to begin the journey from Pahalgam, and cover the distance to Shri Amarnathji and back in four or five days. Pahalgam is 96 km from Srinagar.
In recent times the Baltal route via Sonamarg has also become very popular because of its short distance track (although very steep) to the Holy Cave of Shri Amarnath.
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