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Shri Amarnath Yatra 2016
Srinagar (Jammu & Kashmir), October 19, 2016 - Minister of State for Tourism and Culture, Ms Priya Sethi today said that special packages for various tourist destinations will be introduced for showcasing the rich heritage of the region and attracting tourists from across the country which will be boon for local economy. Ms Priya Sethi impressed upon the officers to introduce special packages for elderly couples, youth, student groups, trekkers, women, adventure sports etc.
The Minister asked the Tourism Department and JKTDC to introduce a number of activities to attract the pilgrims visiting Shri Mata Vaishno Devi temple to various destinations in Jammu region. Tourism Department was asked for introducing Radio Taxis in Jammu, specially designed vehicles for tourists, battery operated cars for Patnitop and similar destinations while JKTDC was entrusted with providing special vehicles for various special packages for tourists.
On the last day of pilgrimage, 362 yatris including Sadhus carrying Holy Mace paid obeisance at the Cave Shrine taking the total number of pilgrims this year to 2,20,761. This year’s figure has been the lowest in the past decade because of the ongoing unrest in Kashmir Valley, forcing a lot of pilgrims to postpone visit to next year.
Srinagar (Jammu & Kashmir), July 17, 2016 - Shri Amarnath Yatra has been affected this year because of unrest in Kashmir Valley. Yatra from traditional Pahalgam track resumed yesterday after a gap of almost a week. A number of Yatris who reached Pahalgam started the journey after the authorities decided to resume the Yatra.
Srinagar (Jammu & Kashmir), July 12, 2016 - After three days Shri Amarnath yatra resumed last evening with 2397 pilgrims leaving for Holy Cave amid tight security. As per official information, all the stranded pilgrims (Yatris) who had the darshan registration date of July 10, 11 and 12 were allowed to leave for Holy Cave Shrine of Shri Amarnath in sounth Kashmir Himalayas.
Srinagar (Jammu & Kashmir), July 10, 2016 - Shri Amarnath Yatra 2016 remained suspended for the second consecutive day today due to violence in Kashmir valley. National Highway, was blocked due to protests at many places in South Kashmir, the authorities closed it for traffic as a safety measure. Pilgrims are stranded at various places on National Highway and are facing many hardships. Authorities are doing their best to safeguard and help pilgrims.
Jammu (Jammu & Kashmir), July 09, 2016 - Shri Amarnath Yatra 2016Shri Amarnath Yatra 2016 has been suspended from Jammu and all Yatra bound vehicles have been stopped at various places on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway as authorities are apprehensive about protests in the Kashmir valley following the killing of 21-year-old Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist for wooing Kashmiri youths to militancy, in Kokernag area (enroute Pahalgam) of south Kashmir Anantnag district yesterday.
Srinagar (Kashmir) 9 July 2016 - The annual Yatra to the Holy Cave Shrine of Shri Amarnathji in south Kashmir Himalayas commenced on 2nd July 2016 from both the Pahalgam and the Baltal route. 8916 pilgrims performed darshan on the Day 1 (2nd July 2016) of the Yatra in Anantnag district of South Kashmir Himalayas. Pilgrims today left base camps of Nunwan (Pahalgam) and Baltal to perform darshan of natural Ice Lingam of Lord Shiva on first Monday of this year’s pilgrimage tomorrow. According to official figures 14,871 pilgrims today (Day 2 ) performed darshan of `Lord Shiva’ in the Holy Cave Shrine of Shri Amarnath, located at a height of 12,756 feet above sea level from both tracks of Pahalgam and Baltal as well as reaching Panjtarni by air.
Jammu (Jammu & Kashmir), January 21, 2016 - Governor N.N. Vohra, who is the Chairman of Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB), presided over the 30th Board Meeting held today at New Delhi. The duration and date of commencement of Shri Amarnath Yatra 2016 has been based on the approach adopted by the Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Committee which was set up to advise SASB regarding the duration and schedule of future Shri Amarnath Yatras. Keeping in view the foremost concern of safety and security of the pilgrims, the committee decided that a 48 day Shri Amarnath Yatra 2016 would commence on 2nd July 2016, an auspicious day (Massik Shivratri) as per Hindu Calendar and conclude on Shravan Purnima (Raksha Bandan) on 18th August 2016.