Amarnath Yatra by Helicopter
Helicopter services are available for Amarnath pilgrimage to ensure comfort & to avoid arduous trek to the holy cave. The entire helicopter operations is approved as per the competent authorities & governed as per the Amarnath shrine board norms. Here the most important thing is that one cannot reach directly to cave by helicopter in any case. There are 2 routes for helicopter services to the shrine & both get stopped at “Panchtarni” approx. 6 Kms before the holy cave. The remaining distance of 6 Kms can be completed either by Pony or by trek only.
Both the routes for Helicopter services are as below
1) Via Baltal: Baltal is a camp ground (Base Camp) at the bank of the Sindh River located at the distance of 95 Kms from Srinagar & 375 Kms from Jammu at height of 9000 Feet above sea level. Helicopters flying from the Baltal helipad helps to avoid trek of 14 Kms approx. The flying time between Baltal to Panchtarni is just 4-5 Minutes only.
2) Via Pahalgam: Pahalgam is a picturesque & very beautiful hill station located at the 9000 Feet above the sea level. The Pahalgam helipad is at 92 Kms from Srinagar & at 250 Kms from Jammu. The flying time is approx. 10 Minutes from Pahalgam Helipad to Panchtarni. The helicopter route help to avoid 38 Kms approx.
Apart from the above 2 ways there is charter services also available from Jammu Airport to directly Panchatari but needless to say that is available at premium cost in comparison to Baltal & Pahalgam helicopter shuttle services.