As per the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) framed on the directions of Supreme Court of India, only 15000 registered Shri Amarnath Yatra pilgrims are allowed beyond Pehlgam and Baltal in a day (that include 7500 each from Baltal track and Pahalgam track).
For the convenience of the pilgrims, for their onward journey to the pilgrimage to Shri Amarnath Cave Shrine, Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB) also considers to open “On-Spot Registration Centres” if the Yatra Registration for the day is below the prescribed limit of 15,000 registrations.
The Registration centres for On-Spot Registration centres are then announced by the authorities. The on-spot registration is typically only available for the dates when there are some vacancies.
This year SASB has decided to open Five On-spot Registration Centres for Shri Amarnathji pilgrims in Jammu and Srinagar to help un-registered Yatris (pilgrims) for registration if they proceed directly to J&K for the annual pilgrimage starting from July 2, 2015.
Four On-spot Registration Centres, which are opened in Jammu, included Vaishnavi Dham and Saraswati Dham at Railway Station, Yatri Niwas at Bhagwati Nagar, which also serves as base camp for the pilgrims and Geeta Bhawan, Parade Ground.
One On-spot Registration Centre is also opened at Tourist Reception Centre, Nowgam in Srinagar. However, there will be no On-spot Registration of pilgrims at forward base camps of Nunwan in Pahalgam as well as Baltal, where the pilgrims would have to reach after getting proper Registration.
The On-spot Registration Centres are setup to help un-registered pilgrims of Shri Amarnathji from all over the country to get them registered here before proceeding to the Holy Cave Shrine.
Pilgrims should still prefer to get registration from their respective areas well in advance and should try not to leave for Yatra with the aniticipation to go for 'On-spot Registration' as it may cause them inconvenience because one might be required to stand in the queue for quite some time as large gatherings are usually seen at On-spot Registration Centres.
Various departments including Police, Traffic, Tourism department from Lakhanpur (the entry point to Jammu & Kashmir state) to Jammu take the task to make the pilgrims aware through public announcements, pamphlets, banners and display on LCD screens that unregistered pilgrims would not be allowed to go for Shri Amarnath Yatra and therefore, Yatris are advised to avoid such practices in their own interest.