Amarnath Yatra temporarily suspended due to heavy rainfall

Amarnath Yatra temporarily suspended due to heavy rainfall

In a latest development, Amarnath Yatra has been temporarily suspended due to inclement weather. Reportedly, no pilgrims will be allowed to move towards the revered cave from both Pahalgam and Baltal camps.

For the record, those using the shorter Baltal route, are required to trek 14 kms to reach the cave shrine, while those opting the longer traditional Pahalgam route, are required to trek 48 kms for four days to reach the cave shrine.

Officials added that the authorities suspended the yatra due to heavy rains, and added that it will resume only after the weather improves.

Earlier, the yatra was stopped after heavy rainfall on July 5, which eventually led to a massive cloudburst on July 8. It resulted in 16 people losing their lives and over 30 missing. However, the yatra was then summarized via the Pahalgam route through the Baltal route.

Meanwhile, if reports are to go by, more than 1.44 lakh pilgrims have performed the ongoing Amarnath Yatra, whereas another batch of 5449 pilgrims left Jammu for the valley on Thursday.

The officials added that the devotees offered their prayers at the cave shrine, despite a three-day halt in wake of flash floods which was triggered due to heavy rains near the cave shrine on July 8.

The Amarnath Yatra, a sacred pilgrimage for the Hindu community, commenced on June 30 this year and, as per the schedule, it’s supposed to end on August 11 on the occasion of
Shrawan Purnima that coincides with Raksha Bandhan.

  1. What is the age limit for Amarnath Yatra?
    No one below the age of 13 years or above the age of 75 years, and no lady with more than six weeks’ pregnancy is allowed to register for the Yatra.
  2. What is the best time to visit Amarnath?
    Usually, until the end of June, the Amarnath cave is open to the public. Hence, the best time to visit June till August can be considered as an option.
  3. Which is the base camp of the Amarnath Yatra?
    Baltal valley remains the base camp of the holy Amarnath Yatra pilgrims.


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