Amarnath located in the serene Himalaya hills, is one of the most famous as well as the holiest pilgrimages of India. The holy shrine of Amarnath which is also known as Amarnath cave is dedicated to Hindu lord Shiva and is supposed to be more than 5000 years old. Inside the cave every year an ice cylinder takes place naturally, which resembles the holy Shiva linga. It forms between May to August and then bit by bit it melts.
The holy Amarnath cave is situated in the state of Jammu and Kashmir and is located on the beautiful Himalayan hill of Mount Amarnath at a height of 3,888 m which is 141 km from Srinagar, the capital of Jammu and Kashmir. Baba Amarnath Yatra is organized every year by the Jammu and Kashmir Government during the Shravan i.e; July and August month. But it may change every year due to the weather condition and also according to the month of Shravan. The visit to Amarnath cave is allowed from full moon day of Hindu month Assard to the full moon day of Shravan. For performing Baba Amarnath Yatra one is required to get registered, the registration for which is done by the Jammu and Kashmir government.
Every year almost 400,000 pilgrims visit this holy place during the season. Generally Baba Amarnath yatra starts from Pahalgam, from where pilgrims start walking to cover 42 km long Amarnath trek. Baba Amarnath Yatra takes four to five days. Old people can also take a horse ride to the Amarnath cave. To make Amarnath Yatra Tours comforatble helicopter rides are also available. For Baba Amarnath yatra there are two paths for the cave, one is from Pahalgam which is more traditional path and other one is from Baltal town which is the shorter route.
The State Road Transport Corporation and Private Transport Operators provide the regular services from Jammu to Pahalgam and Baltal. Also a number of Tata Sumo's and Taxis run frequently from Jammu. Government accommodations are also available at Pahalgam, Sonmarg and Jammu, which are governed by Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Development Corporation. Tourist offices for Amarnath yatra tours are located at Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Ahmadabad, Hyderabad, Jammu and Shrinagar.