Destination: Amarnath, Jammu and Kashmir
One of the most revered religious festivals in the country. One of the holy trinity, Shiva is a living god. Legend has it that Shiva recounted to Parvati the secret of creation in a cave in Amarnath. Unknown to them, a pair of mating doves eavesdropped on this conversation and having learned the secret, are reborn again and again, and have made the cave their eternal abode. Many pilgrims report seeing the doves-pair when they trek the arduous route to pay obeisance before the ice-lingam (the phallic symbol of Shiva).
Amarnath is 145 km east of Srinagar in Kashmir. There is an ice Shiva linga here that changes size with the seasons, and also as the moon waxes and wanes it becomes bigger and smaller. On the full moon day the linga is about 6 ft high. It is located in a glacial valley at 4,175 m (13,700 ft.). The cave is about 150 feet high and 90 feet long. Within the cave there are four or five ice formations that resemble the figures of different gods. The biggest figure is regarded as Shiva (Amarnath).
If you are planning a religious tour to Jammu and Kashmir then you can also take a trip of the mesmerizing landscape. Visit the breath taking tourist spots which will add more pleasurable moments to your Amarnath Yatra. Few attractions that you should not miss out are as follows: Srinagar, Srinagar, Gulmarg, Sanasar, Bhaderwah, Vaishno Devi, Patnitop, Ranbireshwar Temple, Raghunath Temple, Bahu Fort & Gardens, Peer Baba, Mahamaya Temple, Lakshmi Narayan temple, Amar Mahal Palace, Sudh Mahadev temple, Gauri Kund, Mansar Lake, Purmandal, Pahalgam, Sonamarg, Shalimar Bagh, Nishat Bagh, Chashma Shahi, Pari Mahal, Hazratbal Mosque, Jama Masjid, Shankaracharya Temple, Makhdoom Sahib, Martand, Awantipur, etc.
How to Reach:
By Air: The nearest aerodrome is Srinagar. Srinagar is summer capital of Jammu & Kashmir. There are daily flights to Srinagar from Delhi and Jammu. On some week days flights also pickup passengers from Chandigarh and Amritsar.
By Rail: Jammu is the nearest Railway Station. Jammu is winter Capital of Jammu & Kashmir. It is well connected with all stations of India.
By Road: Jammu and Srinagar are also connected through road. Buses and Taxies are also available for this part of the journey .These can be hired on daily as well as full tour basis.
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