Route Map
Situated in a narrow gorge at the farther end of the Lidder Valley, Amarnath Holy Cave stands at 3,888 mtrs. and is 363 kms. from Jammu Via Pahalgam and about 414 kms. from Jammu Via Baltal. The detailed description of the two routes to the Holy Cave is given below:

 How to Reach
                 One can reach the first part of journey through ;
         The nearest aerodrome is Srinagar. Srinagar is a beautiful valley having world famous sights to see, such as Dal Lake, Nagina Lake, Shankaracharya Temple, Mughal Gardens and what not. It is the most sought after  tourist place. It is also known as "Paradise on earth". Srinagar is summer capital of Jammu & Kashmir. There are daily flights to Srinagar from Delhi and Jammu. On some week days flights also pickup  passengers from Chandigarh and Amritsar .
           Jammu is the nearest Railway Station . Jammu is winter Capital of Jammu & Kashmir. Jammu is a beautiful city and is also known as "CITY OF TEMPLES". One may  visit old temples such as Raghunath Temple , Mahadev Mandir and other temples . It is well connected with all stations of India.The various trains coming to Jammu are listed here below.
Road :
          Jammu and Srinagar are also connected through road. Buses and Taxies are also available for this part of the  journey .These can be hired on daily as well as full tour basis.
How to Reach Amarnath Holy Cave :
          Though it is tough route still nearly one and a half  lac pilgrims visit  every year . The number of pilgrims is increasing every year. The journey from Jammu onward is by road and there are two routes . The details are given here.

1) JAMMU – PAHALGAM – HOLY CAVE. (Traditional Route)
Jammu to Pahalgam (315 km) – The distance between Jammu to Pahalgam can be covered by Taxi / Buses. These are  available at Tourist Reception Centre, J & K Govt., Raghunath Bazaar only early in the morning. But one can also come to Srinagar by air and then move to Pahalgam by road

SHESHNAG 3352 11730 11.0 KM PISSU TOP
HOLY CAVE 3952 13000 3.0 KM SANGAM

          It is 96 KM from Srinagar .This distance can be covered by car,bus or taxi. Pahalgam is  known all over the world  for its beauty. It is small town situated on the banks of Lidder River. It is surrounded by high mountains. All essentials can be bought here. Good Hotels are  available for accommodation. However the arrangements for stay and Langar are also made  by the Non Government  Service Organisations.
          The distance from Pahalgam to Chandanwari is 16km. The route is good .It can be covered by road transport also. Mini buses are also available from Pahalgam to reach Chandanwari. The trail runs along the Lidder River . The route is scenic. Food is available here. Pilgrims camp at Pahalgam or Chandanwari on the first night .
          As the Yatra proceed further from Chandanwari one climbs a height to reach Pissu Top. It is said  that to be first to reach for darshan of  Bhole Nath Shivshankar there was a war between Devtas and Rakshas . With the power of Shiv , devtas could kill the rakshas in such large number that the heap of their dead bodies has resulted in this high mountain. 

         This second day’s trek of 12 kms  from Chandanwari is through Pissu Top and   spectacular, primeval countryside, and reaches Sheshnag – a mountain which derives  its name from its Seven Peaks, resembling the heads of the mythical snake. The Journey to Sheshnag follows steep inclines on the right bank of a cascading stream and wild scenery untouched by civilisation. The second night’s camp at Sheshnag overlooks the deep blue waters of Sheshnag lake, and glaciers beyond it. There are legends of love and revenge too associated with Sheshnag, and at the camp these are narrated by campfires . The stillness of a pine scented Himalayan night increases your inner joy. Yatris can take bath and get their fatigue alleviated. It is beautiful and scenic. 

       From Sheshnag one has to climb steep height up across Mahagunas Pass at 4276 mtrs.(14000 ft) for 4.6 KM and then descending to the meadow lands of Panchtarni at a height of 3657 mtrs (12000 ft). The last camp enroute to the Holy Cave is made here on third day. Here one faces cold winds which cause the  skin to crack . Hence cold cream / Vaseline are very useful for protection of skin. Some Yatris are also effected by deficiency of oxygen .Some may get the feeling of vomiting . So dry fruit like Allu Bukhara ,sour and sweet  eatables like Lemon are useful to control these symptoms .  The route to Mahagunas is full of rivulets , water falls , springs . Panchtarni is a very beautiful place in the feet of BHAIRAV MOUNT. Five Rivers flow  here . It is said that the five rivers origanated from Lord Shiva's Hairs (Jataon). Pilgrims camp at Panchtarni on the 3rd night. 

The Holy Cave of Shri Amarnath is only 6 kms from Panchtarni. As there is no place to stay hence the pilgrims start in the  early hours of the morning after their stay at Panchtarni. On the way to The Holy Cave one comes  across  the Sangam of Amravati and Panchtarni. Some pilgrims take bath at Amravati near holy cave  to become pious before going for Darshan. Near the cave is found white soil known as Bhasam. It is the most beloved soil of Shiv ji . The pilgrims apply this Holy soil to their body and then go for Shivlingam Darshan. There are two smaller Shivlings one of Maa Parvati and other of Shri Ganesh. It may be noted that after having  early Darshan of the Shivlinga at Holy Cave one can return to Panchtarni well in time the same day . Some pilgrims camp at Panchtarni while others continue their journey and reach back Sheshnag by the same  evening.

2) Jammu – Baltal – Holy cave (414km)

Jammu – Baltal (400km). –
The distance between Jammu and Baltal can be covered by Taxis / Buses available at Tourist Reception Centre, J & K / bus stand or one can come to Srinagar by air and then reach Baltal by road. The road route followed is :
JAMMU – Udhampur – Kud -  Patnitop – Ramban – Banihal – KaziGund – Anantnag – Srinagar - Sonamarg – Baltal.

The journey from Jammu to Baltal which is about 400 kms. is full of beautiful Sites and one can experience of being in Heaven , a  Paradise on earth. Passing through beautiful valleys, steeped mountains, one is sure of forgetting , oneself as a person ,for a while . A thrill, which is obviously there in every pilgrim gets enhanced while passing through this way owing to the Darshan of Holy Cave. In nutshell, a journey which can go down to your memory throughout the lifetime.

Baltal to Holy Cave
From Baltal Holy Cave is just 14 Kms.

This distance can be covered by foot / Ponies. However, Dandies are also available for handicapped and old aged pilgrims.
The width of the pebbled (kuchha) road is a bit narrow as compared to the Chandanwari-Holy Cave route, moreover , there are some steep rises & falls on the way , as compared to the Chandanwari route, but pilgrims can return back to base camp Baltal through this route only in one day.
To reach Jammu from different parts of country :
Bus Services :Govt. Bus Services are available from Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, Himachal to Jammu
Rail Service schedule for Jammu is as under :
Train No & Name Dep 
Arv. Jammu Stations Between
4645 Shalimar Express 16.10hrs 06.30 hrs N.Delhi-Jammu Tawi Via J.City
2425 Rajdhani (Thurs) 08.50 hrs 0545 hrs N.Delhi-Jammu Tawi Via Ldh
3151 Sealdah Exp not via Delhi 9.20 hrs Sealdah-Jammu Tawi via J.City
4033 Jammu Tawi Mail 21.10 hrs(Delhi) 11.00hrs Delhi -Jammu Tawi Via J.City
2403 Pooja Express 03.40 hrs (Delhi) 09.00hrs Delhi-Jammu Tawi Via J.Cantt. 
1077 Jhelum Express 21.50 hrs 11.20 hrs Pune-Jammu Tawi Via J.City
6317/6787 Him Sagar (Thurs) 08.05 hrs 15.05 hrs Kanyakumari/Madurai-Jammu Tawi Via J.Cantt
6031 Madras Exp (Mon, Thur,Sun) 08.05 hrs 15.05hrs Madras-Jammu Tawi Via J.Cantt
6687/6787 Navyug Exp (Mon) 08.05 hrs 15.05hrs Mangloor/Madurai-Jammu Tawi Via J.Cantt
2471 Super Fast
(Mon, Thurs, Fri, Sat)
04.15 hrs 15.30 hrs Bombay-Jammu Tawi Via J.Cantt
2477 Jamnagar (Wed) 04.15 hrs 15.30  hrs Jamnagar-Jammu Tawi Via J.Cantt
2473 Sarvodya Exp (Sat) 04.15 hrs 15.30  hrs Ahemdabad-Jammu Tawi Via J.Cantt
2475 Jamnagar Exp (Tue,Wed) 04.15 hrs 15.30 hrs Rajkot-Jammu Tawi Via J.Cantt
9367 Malwa Express 8.10 hrs via Nizamuddin  18.45 hrs Indore-Jammu Tawi Via J.Cantt
3073 Himgiri Exp(Tue,Fri,Sat) Starting Days From Howrah Via Lucknow  12.55 hrs Howrah-Jammu Tawi Via J.Cantt
5087/5097 Amarnath Exp(Mon,Thurs,Fri) Starting Days From starting station  12.55 hrs Gorarkhpur/Baurauni-Jammu Tawi Via J.Cantt.
5651 Lohit Exp (Mon) Starting from Gohati on the day  12.55 hrs Gohati-Jammu Tawi Via J.Cantt
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Airline Services :
           You can reach Jammu, Srinagar by Air from different parts of the country. For latest information please contact the Indian Airlines office. From Srinagar you can go to Pahalgam / Baltal  by Bus /Taxi.
Approximate fare from Jammu to Srinagar is Rs.1300.00 per Person by Jet Airways.
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