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Amarnath

'''Amarnath''' is Considered to be one of the most sacred and popular Hindu pilgrimages of Lord Shiva is in the state of Jammu & Kashmir. The temple is situated at an altitude of 3,880 meters in the southern Kashmir Himalayas.

==Amarnath Yatra Registration==
Amarnath Yatra registration is done by Tourist Offices. No pilgrim is allowed here without registration with the Yatra board first.

Registrations & bookings for Amanath Yatra are to be done with the J&K Govt and can be done from several of the centers like Mumbai, Calcutta, Delhi, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Jammu and Srinagar. One can register online too, here http://www.jkbank.net/yatra2008/index.php.

Every registered member is issued a registration-cum-identity slip by the registration authority which they have to carry as an identity slip during the Yatra. Amarnath yatra board also recommends insurance for all pilgrims since journey is a tough one.

==When to Visit Amarnath==
The Amarnath Yatra is organised by the J &K Govt and it takes place during the months of July to August though the actual dates vary from year to year, depending on weather forecast and the date of Purnima (Raksha Bandhan) in the month of Sharavan.

One has to trek to a height of about 14,500 ft to reach the temple, apart from going on foot; there are also options of taking a pony(''khacchar'') or palanquin (four people carries you) ride.

==Climate in Amarnath==

The climatic conditions can vary from rain to snowfall. Sometimes whether changes continuously and temperatures can decrease till about -5 degree C. The yatra is mostly undertaken during the rainy season, the only time when the caves can be accessed.

==Travelling and Expenditure of Amarnath Yatra==
Buses both government as well as private ply to Phalgam the base camp from where the trip starts. There are also regular flights by all major airlines to Jammu.
Bus Fare (Per Person)

'''Bus fare for Semi Deluxe buses'''
Jammu to Pahalgam between Rs. 200.00 to Rs. 155.00
Taxi Fare per Person from Jammu to Pahalgam varies from Rs 360.00 to 760.00, depending on the type of car you take.

Other Expenditures on the Amarnath Yatra include:
Chandanwari to Holy Cave
* Coolie Labour from Rs. 1100 to 700.00
* Dandi Rs. 7000 to 3500
* Ponny Rs. 2300 to 1100

==Accommodation in Amarnath==

Government accommodations, as well as Non Government Charitable Organizations also provide tent accommodation & Community Kitchen facilities to the pilgrims mostly at very nominal rates or even free of cost.

==What to carry during Amarnath Yatra==
Due to unpredictable weather conditions, pilgrims are advised to carry woolen garments, rain coats, head umbrellas, walking stick, some dry eatables, torch and some common medicines.

==What to wear in Amarnath Yatra==
Apart from carrying woolens, the clothes need to be comfortable and suitable to tough conditions & long journeys. Carry minimum luggage and good quality shoes, probably with 1 additional pair.

==Health Problems during Amarnath Yatra==
Since oxygen is scarce at times, you need to be very physically fit. You also need to provide with a medical certificate of your medical fitness before you undertake the journey. You can also practice deep breathing exercises. People with Asthma & heart problem should stay away.