Amarnath is one of the most acclaimed of Hindu temples, dedicated to Lord Shiva, about 140 km from Srinagar in J&K. Estimated to be around 5000 years old, the Amarnath temple is visited by close to 400,000 Hindu devotees every year. Legend has it that Goddess Parvati asked her husband Shiv the reason behind his immortality.
To reach Gulmarg, you need get to Tangmarg. From Tangmarg, a jeep or 4x4 vehicle is the best mode of transport for the climb upwards. On your way stop at View Point to catch the most breathtaking view of the snow capped mountains all around.
Also en route, visit the Ferozpur Nallah, which is a popular picnic spot. This is where the
Temples dominate the sight-seeing highlights here. Raghunath Mandir in the heart of the city is the largest temple complex in northern India and is devoted to Lord Ram. The shrine of Vaishno Deviji is yet another popular pilgrimage destination situated close by. Visit the Bahu Fort which is home to Bawey Wali Mata Temple. Other temples in the
Matho Monastery is the only monastaery of the Sakyapa sect in Ladakh and holds prime importance in the region. Best known for its annual Oracle Festival held in February and March, Matho is also famous for its divination and fortune-telling. The residing oracles undergo months of fasting and meditation and once they are possessed by the deity,
Vaishno Devi is a hard four-hour (13-km) climb from Katra. The best time to come is March to July, as the rest of the time of the year it can be very cold. The main pilgrimage time is March-April and September-October. In 1986, 1.6 million people came here, or 15 to 20 thousand people a day. The cave ideally handles just 8 or 10 thousand people a