Amarnath Shrine board to revise dates of Yatra along Pahalgam route

Srinagar, June 13: Bad weather conditions have forced the Amarnath shrine board to revise the dates of the annual Yatra along the traditional Pahalgam route even as the schedule of the pilgrimage via Baltal route will remain unchanged.

Due to continuous rain and snowfall at several points on the Pahalgam-Chandanwari route, it was not possible to open the Yatra along this trek till the weather improves, however the pilgrimage will take off from Jammu on scheduled date (June 15) via Baltal route, a spokesman of the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB) said on Saturday.

A number of engineers have been positioned at the Baltal Base Camp and the sacred cave to monitor the situation, he said.

The pilgrims registered since June 7 for the Pahalgam route shall not be permitted to undertake the journey on the Baltal route, he added.

The spokesman said the pilgrims would have to register a fresh if they want to go via Baltal trek.

However, if they wish to take the Pahalgam-Chandanwari route, they would need to register afresh for a new date convenient to them after the board will announce the opening of the traditional route, he said, adding the decision in this regard is likely to be taken on June 22 after the assessment of track condition.