Yatra is organised by the Jammu & Kashmir Govt., in the month of Shravan,
and commences mainly from Pahalgam on specified dates. In recent years the route
from Baltal has also been thrown open for the pilgrims to approach the holy
Pilgrims are advised to carry sufficient wollens such as sweaters,
drawers, wollen trousers, monkey cap etc. Other items could include wind cheaters,
rain coat, sleeping bag or blankets, umbrella, waterproof boots/shoes, walking
stick, torch etc. Ladies are advised not to go on the trek in saris, instead
pants or Salwar suits with drawers should be used.
Medical posts manned by qualified doctors and nursing
staff are established enroute to cater to the needs of the pilgrims, free of
cost. However, pilgrims are advised to carry along any medicines specifically
prescribed for them.
Essential rations are available at fair price rates from the specially established
Govt. Depots at Chandanwari, Sheshnag and Panchtami, Numerous wayside tea-shops
and small restaurants are set up by private parties. However, pilgrims are advised
to carry with them biscuits, toffees, tinned food etc. to cater to their immediate
needs. Firewood or gas can be obtained at Chandanwari, Sheshnag (Wawajan), Panchtami
and near the Cave.
In view of the hazardous nature, pilgrims are advised to insure
themselves before proceeding on the Yatra.
Good tented accommodation with allied facilities are set-up
during the Yatra period. These are provided on the basis of payment of fixed
Registration of pilgrims are undertaken about a month ahead
of the date fixed for commencement of Yatra.