Amarnath Temple

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Amarnath Temple - Dedicated to Lord Shiva

One of the holiest shrines for Hindus

Amarnath temple, often referred to as Amarnath Cave temple, is situated in the Anantnag District of the State of Jammu and Kashmir in India.

The temple, situated amidst the great Himalayas, is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is considered as one of the holiest shrines in Hinduism. The 130 ft high and 5000 years old cave is situated at an altitude of 3,888 m above the sea level and is covered with snow most of the time. The Amarnath temple is believed to attract lakh of Hindu devotees every year from all around the country.

Lord Shiva is enshrined in the form of an ice-lingam in this cave which is formed naturally of an ice stalagmite. The trek to the cave begins either from Chandanwari or Baltal. Chandanwari is 16 km from Pahalgam, which in turn is 96 kms from Srinagar and 315 km from Jammu. The distance between Baltal and Srinagar via Sonmarg is 115 km. The number of days required for the Amarnath Yatra depends on the mode of travel and the trek route taken (1 day by helicopter to 4-5 days by trekking all the way). The Yatra normally begins around the festival of Shravani Mela, coinciding with the Hindu holy month of Shraavana. One has to be mentally and physically fit to go for the Yatra, as the journey includes trekking.


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Best Time to visit Amarnath Temple

Amarnath cave is accessible only for a short period during summers, usually in the months of July and August.

How to reach Amarnath Temple

The nearest airport is at Srinagar and the nearest railway station is the Jammu Tawi railway station in Jammu.

To see other famous tourist places in Kashmir, check out: Tourist Places in Kashmir.

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