Shri Amarnathji Yatra commences simultaneously on both Pahalgam and Baltal routes
Helicopter Services flagged-off from
Baltal & Pahalgam
Srinagar, June 28 - The Annual Yatra to the Holy Cave Shrine of Shri Amarnathji in South Kashmir Himalayas commenced today on both the Pahalgam and Baltal routes, simultaneously.
Meanwhile, J&K Minister for Forests flagged-off Helicopter Services from Baltal to Panjtarni which are being operated by M/s Himalayan Heli Services Pvt. Ltd. and M/s Global Vectra Helicorp Ltd, while J&K Minister for Tourism, inaugurated the Pahalgam to Panjtarni Helicopter Service at Pahalgam being operated by M/s Pawan Hans Helicopters Ltd.
This year’s Shri Amarnathji Yatra, which commenced from Baltal and Pahalgam this morning, will conclude on Raksha Bandhan on 21st August, 2013. The registration of the Yatris for this year’s Yatra had commenced on 18th March, 2013.
Meanwhile, the Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB) has once again appealed to the intending Yatris to embark on the pilgrimage only after obtaining a valid Yatra Permit in their own interest. This would ensure smooth travel for the Yatra. SASB reiterated that Yatris not possessing valid Yatra Permits will not be allowed to proceed beyond the Nunwan and Baltal Base Camps.
Referring to some incorrect registration done by Jammu and Kashmir Bank, SASB informed that instructions have been issued to Base Camp Directors to allow such Yatris to undertake the Yatra who have been registered on a wrong colour code but are otherwise validly registered.
However, such Yatris who have come ahead of their scheduled date of embarking on the Yatra, as per their Registration Permit, will be allowed to undertake the pilgrimage on the date for which they have been registered.
SASB further informed that unregistered Yatris have no option but to go back to Srinagar and first obtain registration before they can be allowed to undertake the Yatra.
The Board has also issued a detailed Advisory of Do’s and Don’ts for the Yatris visiting the Holy Cave Shrine of Shri Amarnathji. The Yatris need to strictly adhere to these Do’s and Don’ts as they have to undertake an arduous trek through high mountain ranges under adverse weather conditions.