Amarnath is one of the most famous of Hindu temples, dedicated to Lord Shiva, located in Jammu and Kashmir, Republic of India. The temple is reported to be around 5000 years old and is a popular pilgrimage destination for Hindus - about 400,000 people visit during the 45 day season around the festival of Shravani Mela in July-August, coinciding with the Hindu holy month of Shravan. Inside the Amarnath Cave lies the ice Shiva Linga (along with two other ice formations representing Ganesh and Parvati) a natural formation of an ice stalagmite in the form of lingam. This lingam, of Shiva is said to grow and shrink with the phases of the moon, reaching it's height during the summer festival. According to Hindu mythology, this is the cave where Lord Shiva told about the secret of Life and eternity to His divine consort Parvati, and hence this shrine holds a very special value to the Hindus. The cave is situated at an height of 3888 m about 141 km from the Kashmir's capital city of Srinagar. The area is under the control of the Indian Army due to terrorism threats and hence prior permission is needed from the government before making the pilgrimage. Devotees generally take the 45 km piligrimmage on foot from town of Pahalgam, about 96 km from Srinagar, and cover the journey in 4 to 5 days. There are two alternate routes to the temple, one the more traditional and the longer path from Srinagar and the other a shorter route from the town of Baltal. Some devotees, particularly the old, also use horse-back riding to make the journey.
Day 01:- Srinagar - Pahalgam (93 Kms drive)
Leave Srinagar by cars/coach 93 Kms three hours drive to Pahalgam (2440 Mtrs) Enroute visit Saffron fields, Awantipora ruins and Mattan Temple. On the way see some beautiful villages. Pahalgam is the most famous place for Indian Film Industry. Enjoy the nature charm of the valley. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 02:- Pahalgam - Chandanwari (2895 M) 16 Kms drive - Sheshnag 12 Kms trek
Leave after early breakfast from Pahalgam to Chandanwari by Jeep immediately starts trekking ascending towards Sheshnag which is 12 Kms trek, steep ascending towards Pishoo Ghati Pass 13000/Fts. Overnight in Camps.
Day 03:- Sheshnag (3377 M) - Panchtarni 14 Kms trek
Start early morning for a steep ascent upto Mahagunas (The great Viper 14500 Ft) then as easy descend upto Panchtarni situated at the foot of mount Bhairva. Overnight in Camps
Day 04:- Panchtarni (3657 M) – Amarnath Cave (3953 M) 6 Kms trek - Baltal 4 hours Trek
Start after breakfast steep ascent towards Amarnath Holy Cave where you can see ICE LINGAM. This is the holy cave for Hindus and thousands of people visit the place during full Moon day. From Amarnath steep descend towards Baltal 3/4 hours walk, overnight in Camps.
Day 05:- Baltal – Sonamarg – Srinagar (113 Kms drive)
From Baltal it is 15 Kms drive to Sonamarg (2690 Mtrs) which is the most beautiful spot of Kashmir valley. Sonamarg is known as Gateway of Ladakh. Continue drive to Srinagar which takes 3 hours from Sonamarg; on arrival check in House Boat.
Day 06:- Mughal Gardens
Morning tour of Mughal Gardens visit the Nishat Bagh (The Garden of Pleasure), Chashmashahi (The Royal Spring) & Shalimar Bagh (Abode of love), later return back to Houseboat for dinner & overnight stay. Afternoon tour of Dal Lake visit Floating Gardens, Lotus Gardens, Char Chinar, Kaboter Khana (Pigeon Palace) and inside of the Lake by Shikara. Dinner & Overnight stay at Hotel.
Day 07:- Srinagar Airport/Jammu by road
From Srinagar which takes 1 hours. drive to Airport or Jammu by road which is 300 kms drive.