Details about the Registration for the 2008 Yatra can be found here.
The 2007 edition of the journey was marred midway into the pilgrimage due to the melting of the Shivalinga. First it was blamed on Global Warming but later news channels released videos of people visiting the cave shrine before the official commencement of the journey. The video showed people burning incense and agarbatis on the ice Shivlinga.
Hope the Government agencies and Amarnath Shrine board will be more careful and will not disappoint the thousands of devotees who undertake the arduous journey this year.
The cave shrine can be accessed from the traditional Pahalgam route and the Baltal route. The Baltal route is shorter but the climb is steep. The traditional Pahalgam route passes through Sheeshnag and Panchtarni – both are important mythological places.
The two-month long yatra ends on August 16th, 2008 – the Shravan Purnima day, which is also the Raksha Bandhan day.