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“" Blissful Holy Cave "”
Review of Amarnath Cave

Amarnath Cave
Reviewed 17 July 2014 via mobile

Shivoham !!!
With God's grace ...
We went by Helicopter from Neelgarth to Panchatharani, just 7 minutes ride, we started to trek at 8 am on 07.07.14 and reached the blissful cave around 10.20 am, very crowded , people coming from Baltal and Pahalgham by ponies , Water and food was provided by government , all the arrangements were very good.
Very very lucky to have wonderful darshan of Shri Amarnath Ji , Thanks a lot for loving me so much my dear Almighty , "without your grace I wouldn't have got such a easy spiritual journey".
Took some photos and videos and started to trek back around 12.30 pm , on the way took some brilliant glacier photos and videos to cherish the trip, reached Panchatharani at 1.50 pm, went to helipad and got the boarding pass no.92, since no.76 was boarding we have to wait for another 2.30 hrs , at 4.30 pm due to bad weather helicopter was stopped , it was very very cold, we prayed and by God's grace at 5.30 pm weather cleared and helicopter trip was started and at 6.00pm we boarded the Global vector helicopter and reached Neelgarth safely.
Thanks a lot for everything ...
Loving you so much ...
Peacefully yours...
S M Bega Raaj.
Om Namaha Shivaya ...

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Reviewed 17 July 2014

We visited the Holy cave of Shri Amarnathji during July 2014.
This yatra can be done by walk or on horses or through palki services, however, either of these tests your patience and spiritual feelings all the way to the cave.
Basic Necessaries: Registration Documents, Wind Cheaters, woollen clothes, Handgloves (waterproof, not woollen), Medicines (Oral Rehydration Salts, Combiflam for body pains and Headache, tablets to avoid vomiting, Cotton balls, Rallyspray/Moov for cramps, etc), Dry fruits and Chocolate bars (Five star,etc), Torch light, 2 Litres water bottle and a simple Rucksack to carry these things. A handstick (INR 20/-) and a face mask (INR 20/-) are worth your life throughout this journey. Without these kindly don't proceed even a single step.

There are two routes to this cave - One from Pahalgham (36 Kms) and the other from Baltal (16 Kms). We have chosen Pahalgham route as it is mentioned in the spiritual books that Lord Shiva has gone through this route to the cave to detail the "Secret of Life/Death" to Godess parvathi.
Route 1: Pahalgham - Chandanwari - PissuTop - Shesnag - GaneshTop - Panchtarni - Holy Cave;
We started from Pahalgham on Day 1 at 6 am, by vehicle till Chandanwari (suggest to start early in the morning as there will be big queue of vehicles). After security checking at Chandanwari, we have proceeded towards PissuTop. This is the first small peak which we have mounted and tests the physical capabilities. This top is steep and is difficult in climbing up. Kindly don't use any shortcuts while climbing, as it is very dangerous and also difficult. Pls use the route generally used by horses. Don't rush to climb the mountain. Have a slow and steady walk/climb through out the trip.Help others as well.
On the way, we found many stalls - distributing free food, chocolates, face masks, medical facilities, etc. Kindly don't waste the food here as going forward, you will find the same as precious. by the time we reached the PissuTop, it was 11 am and we crossed just 4.5 kms and an evelation of approx 2500 ft. We had a mini lunch at a "Bhandara" (place where food is distributed freely) and proceeded for Sheshnag;
As the same depicts, "Sheshnag" is the avatar of Lord in the form of snake, the path till Shehnag is just similar to the physical form of snake (with its hood on top and rest of the body till tail in curves). We walked almost 6.5 Kms to reach Sheshnag; By the time, we reached the top of this mountain it was almost 6 pm and we started obesrving dip in oxygen levels as we are surrounded by the huge snow capped mountains. Not to take risk, we decided to halt at Sheshnag,
At Sheshnag, the Military camp is there and the local Kashmiris provide the tents (of capacity of 4/6/8/10 persons) for a charge of INR 250/-; Pls book these tents by paying the charge through proper receipt (given there), else, you may have to vacate the same during midnight in chill cold. At Sheshnag, the climate was around minus 2 degrees celcius; We had the dryfruits as our dinner and slept. Hot water (in bottles for INR 20/-) is available there for personal purposes. Dont try to use the water flowing there as the bones will suffer because of its chillness.

After having light snacks, we proceeded towards Panchtarn on Horses (as this route is fully covered with ice of alteat 4-5 feet and the weather is rough and low oxygen levels and path skids alot). One can put complete trust on these animals as they carry very carefully. By the time we reached Panchtarni, it was noon and the horses were tired. We hired seperate horses from Panchtarni to Holycave, which are more familiar with the toughest/scariest route to the cave.
The route from Panchtarni to Holycave is so scariest that we have almost lost our hopes on life. One single wrong step and we will be down in the valley with no clues of body. Hence, pls proceed very cautiously and slowly. Even though many scenic beauties around attracts, pls keep your complete concentration of your step.
By the time we reached the cave, it was 2 pm and we were completely tired and exhausetd of the journey. Even though the cave looks nearer, we almost had to walk on ice path for approx 3 kms, to reach the base point of the cave. After, security check, we proceeded to to top of the mountain, to reach the cave. The complete place is so blessed and was resounding with the chantings, Temple bells, counch sounds, soothing winds. By the time we reached the cave entrance, we forgot all the pains which we have suffered and really filled with some new power.
We have been blessed by the god with his 20 feet "HimaLinga" avatar (this height was observed some 36 years ago) and beside him, godess Parvathi and Lord Ganesh in Ice forms.Even though there is huge queue and rush in the premises, we were able to have a peaceful sight of the Lord. Pls check in the cave for pigeons as it is said in the holy books that a pair of pigeons have also listened to the "Secret of Life/Death" while Lord shiva recited the same to Godess parvathi and hence he made them immortal in their pigeon form and blessed them to stay in the cave forever. We are blessed with the sight of these pigoens (looks different from ordinary pigeons) flying around.
Post which, we came down the cave, and took a tent on rental basis and slept that night near the holy cave for lord's blessings.
For return from the cave, we have opted Baltal route and we have hired horses for the same. This route is even painful as the width of the path is approx 3 feet with 2 horses minimum crossing eachother.
We reached Baltal by noon and from there we proceeded to Srinagar.

Points to note:
1) Military officers will be there at every 100/200 metres through out the path till cave and are very helpful in anwering our queries. Hatsoff to them for their service to the country and the holycave visitors.
2) Don't waste food at any cost.
3) Don't rush while walking, climbing. Maintain steady and slow pace.
4) Face mask and hand stick are mandatory.
5) No mobile signals throughout the path. So no links to external world.
6) Move in groups and don't be isolated as anything can happen there at any time.
7) Respect the fellow passenges, Horses, Horsekeepers, Bhandara people, Military Officers.
8) Don't spoil/damage the natural beauty.

Charges:
1) Helicopter service from Pahalgham to Panchtarni to Pahalgham (INR 9000- INR 12000);
2) Horse service from Sheshnag to Panchtarni - (INR 1400, but definitely you will give more after reaching Panchtarni);
3) Horse service from Panchtarni to Holycave - INR 600/-; I bet one will give double this charge after reaching the cave and obesrving the deadly route.

With Lors Shiva's blessings, we have successfully paid visit to this holy place.

For any other details realted to this trip, you may contact me. Thanks.

11  Thank Phanindra V
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Reviewed 12 July 2014

we visited Amarnathji on 1st of july through baltal. the army and police had made enough arrangements, but still the government need to make enough arrangements for the yatris.
Near the holy cave, people need to stand in queue for long hours, problem is yatris who have darshan of amranathji will join back the queue for the second time near the cave, as going in and coming out queue are joined together.

4  Thank satishnagaraj
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Reviewed 5 July 2014

Shame Indian!

Whom do you overtake on the way? Whom do you leave behind? And who are you then?
You are shrouded by illusion.

Who are you doing holy path - Amarnath yatra - BY PONI!!! Horses that you use weighs less than you. They did not choose this path. They are slaves. They carry you because you have paid to their owners. Almost crying, tired, barely alive trudge through mud and ice. Thay drive you: not too old, overweight, smoking by the way: Vainglorious - Brahmin - Hindu. Not you, but a little horse goes that yatra!!!

You worset by your money already not easy way. You push on the way pilgrims: old womans and barefoot sadhu. You have turned the road into the dirt. Shame on you! Hide your eyes! You should have stayed home!

Seven hours from Baltai to Amarnath. And here you are here, "came" to the cave of Shiva. You don't see anything in front of you. You've already forgot about those who brought you here. You are fighting for darshan greedily pushing those whom recently shouted "Om Namah Shivaya". You are pathetic in that.

I am lone foreigner..I 'd like to crush you all - those who disgrace the great past and sacred present India. Lazy and narcissistic "Hindu - yatri"

But there were others besides me. They were your ancestry: There were saints and true believers. They opened this road to you. And they forgave you.

I was there and learn that.

8  Thank Lellet
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Reviewed 17 June 2014

I dont know how to describe the feeling when i had been to this Heaven.We had trekked from Panchtarni in August 17 , 2013. I have been to many places around the world...but i will never forget this trip.This is something magical which is very difficult to explain.This holy place is really unique in nature and the best place for the occasional trekkers.It was wildly raining and very windy. We thought that we could not able to complete the journey.but by Amarnath ji's grace we were able to complete the journey and and have a peaceful darshan. The cave was almost empty because there were very less pilgrims due to very bad weather.We were inside the cave for almost 45 mins .The temperature was less than zero ..It was a lifetime achievement for me.
Thank You Amarnathji . Bless Us, Help Us, Save Us.

11  Thank Heartshapedworld2000
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