Amarnath Yatra 2015 to begin on July 2

North Gazette News/New Delhi
The annual pilgrimage to sacred shrine of Lord Shiva, the Amarnath Yatra 2015 would begin on July 2 this year while the registration of pilgrims would start from March 1, 2015.

Indian Tourism ministry official on Tuesday said that Amarnath Yatra 2015 would be held from July 2, 2015 to August 29, 2015 via both Baltal and Pahalgam routes and no pilgrim would be allowed to undertake the yatra without registration.

“A Yatri/pilgrim can book his travel through selected Bank Branches, 87 of J&K Bank, 305 of Punjab National bank and 38 of YES Bank that are located in various states/UTs after paying Rs 50 as registration fees,” the official said, adding that the addresses of these selected Bank Branches are available at Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board’s website

He said that the registrations for the Amarnath Yatra 2015 via selected Bank Branches, would commence from March 1, 2015 and each Yatri would have to submit prescribed Application Form duly filled with attached Compulsory Health Certificate issued by the Authorised Doctor/Reputed Private medical Institution.

He said that the State-wise lists of Doctors/reputed private Medical Institutions authorized to issue the prescribed Compulsory Health Certificate are available at Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board’s website

“Further, the formats of the application Form and Compulsory Health Certificate are also available at Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board’s website and the Compulsory Health Certificate issued only after February 10, 2015, would be valid for the registration purposes,” he said.

The official added that a Yatri who travels by Helicopter would not have to register separately for the Yatra but he had to submit the prescribed Compulsory Health Certificate at the time of boarding the Helicopter.

“A Yatri should embark on his/her Yatra only on the day and from the route for which he/she is registered and a group of five or more Yatris can also register themselves through the Group Registration Facility,” he added.