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Posted on: Saturday , Jun 14, 2008 At 17:09 PM

Amarnath Yatra - 2008

The famed pilgrimage to the cave at Amarnath in Jammu and Kashmir, where a ice shivling appears in a cave, will begin on June 18th this year. Registrations are open for some time now, and more than 2 lakh people have already registered. The Yatra will be on for 2 months, after which the route will be closed.

Last few years have seen some controversies, with the ice lingam having melted at the time of commencement of the yatra. A poor attempt to create a lingam was also a matter of contention. This year however, the lingam is still present. The temple authorities have installed protective doors to the cave, which is expected to keep the interiors cool and help the lingam remain longer without melting.

Amarnath Yatra route takes you through mountainous territory in J&K, and it is a difficult but rewarding trek with scenic views. If you want to perform the trek, it is necessary to register via J&K Tourism Offices or at Jammu & Kashmir Bank Branches. See registration process and other details related to the pilgrimage at If you are keen on the pilgrimage but unwilling to make the trek, there are helicopter facilities available.

The Yatra is not entirely free from controversies this year too. Environmentalists have raised concerns of the impact of large human presence during the season, while the authorities say that the pilgrimage doesn't harm the ecology.

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By arunchs| Posted on:16 Jun 2008

Thanks Uriah Heep. Thats a very touching comment. :) I am very sure about two things: One - I will definitely get to Mansarovar and many more parts of Tibet some day, but when, I have no idea. Two - I have no plans to visit Amarnath, at least as of now. I really hope Tibet happens really soon. I will be visiting parts of Tibetan Plateau in a month(that is, eastern ladkah where Changpas roam), and will come back with stories and images.
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By Uriah Heep| Posted on:16 Jun 2008

It'd be cool if you could do the Amarnath or the Kailash-Mansarovar yatra - either of them... sayin' this cause we'd get to see some amazing photo-coverage of the place once you do it...we've come to expect a lot of this-n-that of you :) cheers
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