Problems Faced by devotees during Shri Amarnath Yatra

There are a few problems that the travellers might face while travelling to Amarnath, the first one being the weather conditions.

The weather conditions are extremely unpredictable at Amarnath due to which sometimes the Yatra gets postponed for a few days. In such a case the travellers are bound to stay back in Katra or Jammu and are not allowed to proceed further. The weather conditions are so unpredictable that at one time the sun is shining brightly and with a wave of cold wind, chilling weather creeps in. Rain and snowfall too is very unpredictable here.

Amarnath, being located in one of the most unsafe states also leads to occasional problems. As in Jammu and Kashmir often terrorist activities keep taking place and the travellers sometimes face problems due to them. Often security alerts are put and suddenly security measures are increased. Travellers are thoroughly checked and stopped several times, which could be annoying at times.

Facilities and Amenities provided on the journey to Amarnath

  • Ration at fair prices from government depots
  • Tea stalls and restaurants in the way.
  • Firewood or gas at Chandan wari, Sheshnag, Panjtarni and near Shri Amarnath
  • Traveller registered with Shri Amarnath Shrine Board, having a Yatra permit are entitled to an insurance of Rs 1,00,000 in case of death or any accident.
  • Tents and insulated huts available on rent.
  • Drinking water availability

Do’s and Don’ts for travellers on Amarnath Yatra

  • One must be physically fit before he/she sets out for Amarnath yatra. So if a physical fitness regime is followed well in advance by the traveller, it will prove to be really beneficial while on the Yatra. Yoga can be practised and a daily walk regime too must be performed few months in advance of the Yatra.
  • Carry heavy woollen clothes like sweaters, jackets, blazers, woollen socks, gloves, scarves, monkey cap to cover the whole face area and therma-cot inners; umbrellas, wind cheaters, raincoats, sleeping bags, waterproof shoes, torch, walking stick (in case you might need it).
  • As the journey is full of rough terrains and pebbled path, it is advisable for women to sport clothes which are easy to manage, unlike sarees.
  • The luggage should be kept to minimum as the travellers will find difficulties in carrying them. A bagpack is perfect for the Amarnath Yatra.
  • The bag you carry must be water proof.
  • Carry enough funds in case of emergencies or personal needs.
  • One must carry an identity proof.
  • In case you are suffering from any ailments or are advised to take medications for any problems, they must be carried with you.
  • General painkillers are also beneficial to be carried along with other first aid materials like dettol or savlon, bandages, crepe bandages, cotton etc.
  • A few eatables and water must be carried always although there are shops available for the same but it is advisable to carry them in case of any emergency or occurrence of any unfavourable condition.
  • Vaseline, cold creams, moisturiser, sun protect lotion, lip balms etc too must be carried.
  • Shoes worn by travellers must be suitable for trekking. No slippers, sandals or high heels to be worn.
  • Hurrying or panicking in any unfavourable condition must be avoided. One must walk with a cool and active mind.
  • Steady and comfortable pace must be maintained while walking. There is no need for exerting.
  • Toilets and bathrooms must be used and not the open areas.
  • Smoking or drinking must not be done as the journey is pious and the environment holy.
  • Cash donations to be given to the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board only. They are the responsible authority for it.
  • Use of flash camera is strictly prohibited inside the Amarnath caves.
  • Use of polythene is strictly prohibited in Jammu and Kashmir.
  • Charges for all the services offered are displayed on boards. Do not pay more than that.
  • Overnight stay at the caves is not advisable due to the lack of oxygen. 
Content updated in January 2020

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