Registrations for the 56-day Amarnath Yatra this year has begun at a time when the concerns of the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic are at its peak.
The annual pilgrimage to the 3,880-metre-high Himalayan cave shrine in south Kashmir is set to commence from the twin routes of Pahalgam and Baltal on June 28 and culminate on August 22.
Last month, officials of the Sri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB) had said that all Covid-19 appropriate protocols have been put in place ahead of the pilgrimage.
“The registration will start from April 1 for both the routes through 446 designated bank branches of Punjab National Bank (316), Jammu and Kashmir Bank (90) and Yes Bank (40) across the country,” SASB Chief Executive Officer Nitishwar Kumar had said in March.
How to apply for Amarnath Yatra 2021 Permit – Click here
District-wise consolidated list of 446 bank branches of PNB, J&K Bank and Yes Bank for Yatra 2021-Click here
Group registration can be done on first-come-first-serve basis, subject to the date-wise and route-wise vacancies (registration quota/ slots) available for a particular day/ particular route, subject to maximum 50 registrations per group per day per route.– Click here for guidelines on group registration.
Health Advisory for Amarnath Yatra 2021 – Click here
Dos for Yatris
Do carry sufficient woollen clothing as temperature might sometimes abruptly fall to below 5 degree Celsius.
Do carry an umbrella, wind cheater, raincoat, and waterproof shoes as the weather in the Yatra area is unpredictable.
Do keep your clothes and eatables in a suitable waterproof bag to avoid your belongings getting wet.
Do keep in your pocket a note containing the name/ address, mobile phone number of any Yatri proceeding for Darshan on the same date as you are doing for emergency purposes.
Do carry your identity card and Yatra permit with you.
Don’ts for Yatris
Don’t stop at places that are marked by warning notices.
Don’t use slippers because there are steep rises and falls on the route to the holy cave. Only wear trekking shoes with laces.
Don’t attempt any short-cuts en route as it could be dangerous.
Use of plastics is strictly banned and is punishable under law.