Amarnath Religious Place in Sonamarg - Video Reviews, Photos, History | HolidayIQ



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Amarnath Overview

Ranked 2 of 14 sightseeing in Sonamarg

Amarnath is one of the most popular sacred places in India. It is situated at an elevation of around 4,175 m in the Himalayas. This pilgrimage centre is popular for the holy cave of Amaranth, which is believed to be the home of Lord Shiva, Goddess Parvathi and Lord Ganesha.   

As per the legend, Lord Shiva narrated stories behind the construction of this cave and explained various secrets of his life to Goddess Parvathi. This ancient cave is located at an altitude of about 3,888 m and is around 5,000 years old. It has ice formations, denoting Goddess Parvathi and Lord Ganesha along with a Shiva Linga.

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  • Best Time: During DayLength of visit: More than 3hrs
  • Length of visit: 2-3hrsBest Time: During Sunrise
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Lakshmi .

Lakshmi .5.0/5

2 reviews

It's God's most exciting place

It is worthy visit in my life, so memorable which I cannot express it in words. I felt very happy when I saw the place of Lord Siva. Everyone are helpful and I find lord Siva everywhere. A nice and wonderful experience which I cannot express in words. But I feel I was a little bit late as the snow was melted. So I feel to visit in the month of July next time. A beautiful nature.

Bhim Sain

Bhim Sain5.0/5

4 reviews

Very fruitful

My Amarnath Yatra was very fruitful. Each and every thing was fine. Darshan was very amazing and heart touching. Mother nature has showered her full blessings on this place. It has correctly said if there is heaven on earth it is in Kashmir



6 reviews

A journey up the hill

It is really a great experience, journey uphill is not that easy but at the same time not that difficult, slow and steady climb. Better to start the climb in the morning, carry umbrella because suddenly it starts raining. Should wear a good pair of shoe which should have a good grip.

Pallab Ghosh

Pallab Ghosh5.0/5

46 reviews

The Mighty Lord in the Holy Cave

I visited Lord Amarnath on 26 July 2013. My journey was planned several months before. I bought my tickets from a travel agent based in Delhi. I had planned the Yatra through the Pahalgam route. However, in the last minute, my travel agent changed the plan and advised me to go through the Baltal route. He told me that this will help me to return on the same day.The day was sunny. I reached the Baltal helipad at 8 AM, well ahead of the time mentioned in my ticket. My ticket was purchased from the Himalayan Heli Services Pvt. Ltd. When I reached the helipad, I found that they were arranging flights on first-come-first-serve basis, and according to the weight of the passengers. I could fly two hours before the scheduled time. The entire event was smartly arranged by the Himalayan Heli Services. The pilot of my helicopter did not allow to take photos from the helicopter, and she did not speak a word. I reached Panchtarni in five minutes.After reaching Panchtarni, I found that many horses and palanquin's were available for the journey to the holy cave. This year, the rush for Yatra was less due to stringent medical norms, and there was a curfew in J&K one week before my journey. I took a palanquin and reached the security point at the base of the holy cave within 1.5 hours. I was told to leave my camera and mobile phone at this check-post. Therefore, I could not take any photo inside the cave, where the temple of Lord Amarnath is located. My palanquin bearers took me upstairs and left me about 10 stairs below the temple. I climbed these stairs. The Ice Lord had left the temple several days back, and a small trace of him still remained. His two pigeons still remained. They flew in and out of the cave. I performed worship at the permanent temple located inside the cave with the help of a priest. As the rush of pilgrims was less, I could perform my worship for several minutes. Then I started my return journey.During my return, I bought photos of Lord Amarnath. I returned to Panchatarni at 12:30 PM. The entire route from Panchtarni to the holy cave was very cold (although the day was sunny) and a strong chilly wind blew over the entire place. All along my journey, I found that the security persons were helping the Yatris. The staffs of the heli-service were also very helpful. I returned to Baltal at 1 PM. There, I found a road-block by the army for two hours (an aftermath of the curfew).

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