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Registration of Pilgrims for Amarnath Yatra 2017 begins
 
This year yatra will be from from 29th June to 7th August Registration of Pilgrims for Amarnath Yatra 2017 begins

The process of registration of pilgrims for Amarnath Yatra 2017 has started from 1st March. Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board chaired by the Governor of Jammu and Kashmir has issued guidelines for registration of yatris through bank branches. The registration and issue of Yatra Permit (YPs) will be done on first-come-first-serve basis. As per guidelines registration of Yatris commenced from all the Bank Branches from March 01, 2017 onwards and one Yatra permit shall be valid for registering only one Yatri. Each designated registration bank branch has been allotted a fixed per day/ per route quota for registering the Yatris. The registration branch will have to ensure that the number of registered Yatris does not exceed the allotted per day/ per route quota.

Health certificate a must for every yatriRegistration of Pilgrims for Amarnath Yatra 2017 begins


No one below the age of 13 years or above the age of 75 years and no lady with more than six week’s pregnancy will be registered for the Yatra. To ensure sound medical health every Yatri will have to submit application form and Compulsory Health Certificate (CHC) to obtain permit for the yatra. The Formats of the Application Form and CHC, and the list of Doctors/ Medical Institutions authorized to issue CHC are available at SASB’s website- www.shriamarnathjishrine.com. The application form and CHC are also available free of cost to the applicant-Yatri at the registration branch. The Compulsory Health Certificate (CHC) should have been issued on or after  Feb 10, 2017 by an authorised Doctor or Medical Institution. Four passport sized photographs will also have to be submitted ( three for Yatra Permits and one for the Application form).

Permits to mention specific dates for yatraRegistration of Pilgrims for Amarnath Yatra 2017 begins


The specific day on which a pilgrim is registered to undertake the Yatra (i.e., Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday) will been printed on the Yatra Permit. The day printed on the Yatra Permit will be the day on which the Yatri will be allowed to cross the Access Control Gates at Baltal and Chandanwari (Pahalgam). Yatra Permit will be issued against a payment of Rs.50/ per Yatra Permit. Permits will also mention the route- Baltal or Pahalgam. Board also issued Do’s and don’ts for the Yatris to ensure that they complete the yatra in safe and healthy manner. Yatris have been asked to carry  sufficient woollen clothing as the temperature may sometimes abruptly fall below 5 degree Celsius. They have been also asked to carry umbrella, wind cheater, raincoat, and waterproof shoes as the weather in the Yatra area is unpredictable. They would require to keep clothes and eatables in a suitable water proof bag to avoid their belongings getting wet.

Shrine board issues safety guidelines for yatrisRegistration of Pilgrims for Amarnath Yatra 2017 begins


For emergency conditions yatris have been advised to keep in their pocket a note containing the name / address, mobile telephone number of any Yatri proceeding for Darshan on the same date as they are doing. They should carry identity card / driving license and Yatra permit and travel in a group, with porters / horses / ponies carrying the luggage. They also need to ensure that all those comprising the group remain always in sight. The gates of Access Control at Domel and Chandanwari will open at 05.00 am and close at 11.00 am. No Yatri shall be allowed to undertake pilgrimage after the closure of the Gate. Staying overnight at Holy Cave is also best avoided because of high altitude and harsh and unpredictable weather conditions. Yatris should not leave Panjtarni Camp towards Holy Cave after 3.00 PM as no darshan is allowed at Holy Cave after 6.00 PM. Free food facility will be available in the entire Yatra area at the Langars. On such arduous routes, travellers are advised not to travel on an empty stomach otherwise they may attract a serious medical problem. In the guidelines women yatris have been advised not to wear sarees during the Yatra.  Salwar kameez, pant-shirt or a track suit is advisable. Besides, use of slippers is unadvisable because there are steep rises and falls on the route to the Holy Cave. Trekking shoes with laces are best for the purpose. Since pre-paid SIM Cards from other States don’t work in J&K and Yatra area. hence those yatris who don’t have a post-paid mobile connection can purchase pre-activated SIM Cards at the Base Camps of Baltal and Nunwan.

 
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