Amarnathji Yatra : - Baltal Route
Best time to visit : April to October
Baltal, 15 km from Sonamarg at an altitude of 2743 m , is the base
camp of Amarnathji yatra . The meandering trek of 14 k from Baltal
leads to the Holy Cave . You can easily return the same day by
early evening to Baltal where ample tents are available at
affordable cost. Panies and Danies from Baltal can also be hired
at fixed government rates. Now operate Helicopter Services for
Yatris from Baltal and Srinagar during the yatra period .
This beautiful meadow is right at the foot of the Zoji La pass and
thus is the final place in Kashmir. The river from the foot of the
Amarnath glacier meets the Indus near Baltal. It is possible to walk to the Amarnath cave,
more usually approached from Pahalgam, in one day. Check about
conditions before departing, though. The weather can be
treacherous and at other times melting snow and ice make the route
very dangerous. There's now a jeep road most of the way to the
cave. The turn off to Baltal is at 94-km on the Leh road, and then
it's 3-km or so downhill.
Duration : 5 Days
Destination : Delhi-Srinagar-Sonamarg - Baltal-Domali-Jammu
Day 01: Delhi - Srinagar - Baltal
Arrive Srinagar by air and then drive direct to Baltal via
Sonamarg. The distance of about 115 kms will be covered in about
3½ hrs. Rest of the day free at Baltal for acclimatization and
prepare for next day's trek to Amarnath Cave.
Dinner overnight in tents at Baltal.
Day 02: Baltal - Amarnath Cave - Baltal
After very early breakfast trek upwards to Amarnath Cave for
darshan. The route is ascending right up to the cave. Have a dip
in the ice-cold water of Amarnath Stream, which flows, outside the
cave. Inside the cave
there is scenery of calm tranquility of white and glistering three
massive Lingmas stand erect symbol of Lord Shiva, Parvathi and
Ganesh. After darshan trek back towards Baltal.
Dinner overnight in tents.
Day 03: Baltal - Srinagar
Drive back to Srinagar. On arrival in Srinagar, transfer to
Dinner overnight Houseboats.
Day 04: Srinagar
Morning sightseeing of Mughal Gardens visiting Nishat Bagh
(Abode of pleasure, built by Asif Khan brother in law of Jehangir
in 1632 A. D) And Shalimar Bagh (Abode of love built by Jehangir
fro his wife Empress Noor Jehan). All the gardens are situated on
the bank of Dal Lake with the Zabarwan Mountains in the
background. Enroute visit carpet - weaving factory. After lunch
Shikara ride on Dal Lake visiting floating and vegetable gardens
Dinner and overnight stay in Deluxe Houseboats.
Day 05: Srinagar - Jammu - Delhi
Departure transfer to airport to connect flight for Jammu or
Delhi. Or early morning drive back to Jammu. A distance of about
300kms will be covered in about 9 hrs. on arrival to Jammu,
transfer to Railway station to board the train for onward
1) Tented accommodation with cot, quilt, mattress, blanket, chadar
and pillow on
Sharing basis with meals (breakfast and dinner) at Chinaware,
Sheshnag, Panchtarni and Baltal.
2) Hotel accommodation at Pahalgam and Deluxe Houseboats at
Srinagar as per
3) Transportation by non A/C Tata Sumo's with maximum 06 pax plus
driver per vehicle for transfers and sight seeing as per
Itineraries except from Jammu to
Pahalgam or Baltal/visa versa.
4) Assistance on arrival.