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Amarnath Yatra 2018 date - Amarnath Yatra Beginning Date in 2018

The annual Amarnath Yatra is one of the most famous annual religious pilgrimages of Hindus. Amarnath Yatra 2018 begins on June 28. Thousands of devotees travel to have darshan of Holy Shivling at Shree Amarnathji cave in south Kashmir Himalayas in India. The Amarnath Yatra of 2018 ends on August 26, 2018, on Raksha Bandhan day.

The cave shrine is noted for the formation of a natural Shiva Lingam. The natural ‘ice lingam’ is formed by the ice droplets from the rooftop of the vast cave.

The registration of yatris (pilgrims), on both Pahalgam and Baltal routes, will be through designated branches of Jammu and Kashmir Bank all over India and online.

This year the cave shrine can be accessed from Baltal and the traditional Pahalgam 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 Yatra concludes on August 26th – the Shravan Purnima day, which is also the Raksha Bandhan day.

There are helicopter services from Baltal and Srinagar. Tents, huts, and toilets will be set up at the base camp for devotees by the shrine board.

The original dates sanctioned by the Holy Scriptures for the Yatra is from the Guru Purnima day – the day when the Charri Mubarak Yatra to the Amarnath Cave Shrine begins. But to accommodate the ever growing number of pilgrims, the yatra begins a month early.

Visit the official website to download the Yatra form and to get all latest updates.

How To Apply For Amarnath Yatra 2018?

There is no online option. A physical form has to be completed and posted or submitted in the bank branches alloted in each state.

Application Form

You can find the application form for the Amarnath Yatra here at the official website of the Amarnath Shrine – Application Form for Amarnath Yatra 2018 (click on the link).

Health Certificate Form - Compulsory

You will also need to submit separate compulsory health certificate. This form can be downloaded here - Medical Fitness Certificate form 2018. (click on the link). 

Both application forms are in pdf format and you will need pdf reader installed in your computer to take print out of it.

List of Doctors in Each State who can Issue Health certificate

The health certificate needs to be issued by a government recognized institution or doctor. You can find the list of Doctors and institutions here.

Bank Details To Get Form and Register

Bank details to apply the form and register can be found here

Details of bank branches can be found here - Bank branches to apply

NRIs and Foreign Nationals

Information on how NRIs and foreign nationals can participate in the yatra can be found here.

Did you know?

There are two white pigeons always present in the cave. Two pigeons were also present when Shiva revealed the secret of life to Goddess Parvati. Know more about the pigeons in Amarnath Cave