Amarnath is a holy Hindu pilgrimage destination perched at an elevation of 3888 meters above the sea level. The shrine of Amarnath is a cave shrine housing the naturally formed ice lingam of Shri Amarnath Ji who is but a manifestation of Lord Shiva. The shrine of Amarnath falls within the north Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir and is nearly 141kms from the capital city of Srinagar. The Amarnath cave shrine is located on the sacred peak of Amarnath falling within Jammu and Kashmir’s Ganderbal district.
There are several ways by which you could reach the Amarnath shrine; read on to learn more
Amarnath by Road
Yatra via Pahalgam base camp:
One could reach Amarnath by road easily as taxis and buses ply almost regularly between Jammu and Pahalgam, one of the base camps for Amarnath Yatra. Also from Srinagar you could avail taxis and buses to reach the Yatra base camp of Pahalgam. Srinagar and Jammu are well connected by road way to all major Indian cities like Amritsar, Chandigarh, Delhi, Mumbai and so one could easily reach Srinagar and Jammu from any corner of the nation before embarking on the Amarnath Yatra.
Amarnath Yatra Distance Guide to Pahalgam base camp from Srinagar & Jammu
The distance between Srinagar to Pahalgam is about 98 kms and between Jammu and Pahalgam is about 285 kms. Srinagar and Jammu can be reached easily via road from the major neighboring cities. Srinagar is 467 kms away from Amritsar and Jammu is 203kms away from the same. Srinagar is about 593kms from Chandigarh and Jammu is about 341 kms from the same. Srinagar is about 854kms from Delhi and Jammu is about 602 kms from the same. Srinagar is about 2187 kms from Mumbai and Jammu is about 1971 kms from the same. State transport buses as well as taxis can be availed from the Jammu & Kashmir Tourist Reception centre located in the Raghunath bazar area of Kashmir.
There are many who head for the Amarnath yatra from the capital city of Delhi. Here follows the yatra route map from Delhi to the Amarnath caves-
After reaching Pahalgam, pilgrims have to trek on foot to reach the cave. The trekking distance to be covered is nearly 46 kms. The route map for Pahalgam-Chandanwari route is as follows:
Pahalgam-Chandanwari-Pissu-Sheshnag-Panchtarni-Holy Amarnath cave
Amarnath Yatra Route via Baltal Base Camp
Another route for Amarnath Yatra is via Baltal. The trek distance to be covered is approximately 14kms. This is a comparatively shorter route but demands an arduous trek on the part of the pilgrims. Buses and taxis are available from Jammu and Srinagar to reach the Baltal base camp. Baltal is about 400 kms from Jammu by road and is 93 kms from Srinagar. The Baltal trek route map is as follows:
Baltal-Domali -Barari marg-Sangam-holy Amarnath cave
There is another route which covers another important pilgrimage destination for Hindus; i.e. Vaishno Devi. The route map is as follows-
Jammu-Katra [Vaishno Devi Darshan]-Udhampur-Patnitop-Kud-Ramban-Banihal-Kazikund-Anantanag-Srinagar-Baltal-Holy Amarnath cave
Amarnath by Train
Amaranth cave can be reached by train route too. The nearest rail station to Amarnath is Jammu station. Jammu is connected to all other major cities of the country via a well developed railway network. The most important trains that connect the different cities of the country to Amarnath shrine are-
From Howrah – Himgiri express
From Delhi – Jammu Rajdhani express
From Chennai – Andaman express
From Mumbai – Jammu Tawi express
From Pune – Jhelum express
From Jamnagar – Jam Jat express
From Ahmedabad – Sarvodaya express
After reaching Jammu, you could proceed for the rest of the Yatra via road transport.
Amaranth by Flight
The nearest airport to the Amarnath shrine is Srinagar airport. Pahalgam falls at a distance of about 95kms from Srinagar airport. Regular flights connect Srinagar to all major cities of the country. Airlines like Indigo, Air India, Spice jet, Jet airways, GoAir, Jet Konnect operate between Srinagar and other major cities of India. Pilgrims may proceed for the Yatra via road transport after reaching Srinagar
Helicopter services to Amarnath are also available. Service providers such as Himalayan Heli and Pawan Hans provide helicopter services to Amarnath cave. You can visit their official websites to book their services. The official website addresses are as follows-