Army Camp to relocate from Golf Course to Main Market

November 23rd, 2013 admin Posted in Clubs, Golf | No Comments »

The Army has decided to relocate its key camp at the Pahalgam Golf course, which serves as a base camp for the security forces during the annual Amarnath Yatra. Army presence will remain in the Pahalgam main market and it won’t be scaled down
“The camp in its new place would continue to be a base camp for security forces during the yatra period. The same kind of security would be provided to yatris as was being provided in previous years”. The local administration will now utilise the land thus vacated to carry out further development of the golf course so as to raise it to the international standards.

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Amarnath Yatra 2013

July 16th, 2013 admin Posted in Amarnath Yatra | No Comments »

Yatra 2013 starts on 28th June, 2013; and concludes on 21st August, 2013.

For more details on the Yatra, check out http://www.shriamarnathjishrine.com/

Yatra this year has more or less fizzled out by mid July. This is attributable to a large extend to the perception of “problems in the Himalayas” due to the floods and loss of life in Uttarkhand and Himachal Pradesh.

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Keep Aru in your Itinerary

May 20th, 2012 admin Posted in Aru - meadows and skiing, Kolahoi - trek to Glacier, Trekking & Camping | No Comments »

Aru is a small village, 11 kms upstream the Lidder River. The route is really picturesque with ample campsites. This village is the starting point for treks to the Kolahoi glacier, Lidderwat, etc.
This charming meadow can be reached by walking along a mountain path, though most people drive. The river Lidder disappears at Gur Khumb and reappears after 27 mts.
In order to go to Aru, you would need to cross over to the east side of the river, turning left before the Pahalgam Club, go along side the Golf Course Plateau, cross Hotel Heevan on left and keep going along for 10 kms or so. On the way, you would also cross a small zoo on the right.
You could take a taxi to Aru, or may even take a package (about Rs1000) which includes Betab Valley and Aru Valley in ECO car. The car will come to your hotel and pick you up and keep one day for these two points if you want to enjoy. When in Aru you can hike up a little hillock – can easily spend a couple of hours. Make sure you sort out how much time you would want to spend at each place before fixing the taxi rates. Also note that no ouside taxi other than from Pahalgam Taxi stand is allowed to these places.
If you want to hike or trek up and explore beyond, leave for Aru in the morning, and you can camp in Lidderwat, which is a a base camp for going to Tarsar/Marsar lakes and Kolohai glacier. You can visit the lakes the next day, or could trek to Kolohai. Negotiate with pony wallahs if you want to explore these areas in detail.

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Pahalgam – Hotel and Lodging Options

May 20th, 2012 admin Posted in Lodging | 3 Comments »

Discussions around Pahalgam Hotel and Lodging Options.

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Kargil-Pahalgam Road?

March 12th, 2012 admin Posted in Hot issues, Road Projects | No Comments »

Pahalgam may be bracing for a profound effect on its economy, ecology, opportunities, and tourism with talk of a road between Pahalgam and Ladakh gaining ground, yet again. This time, its in the form of an actual proposal to the Central Government.
To provide an alternative road between Kashmir and Ladakh, the Jammu and Kashmir government today said it has submitted a proposal to the Centre for construction of 106-km-long Kargil-Pahalgam road. “A proposal has been submitted to defence ministry by PWD(R&B) department for construction of a 106-km-long road connecting Panikhar in Kargil and Pahalgam in Kashmir under Border Road Development Programme (BRDP),” JK finance minister Abdul Rahim Rather told the state Assembly in reply to PDP member Mansoor Ahmed’s query. “This road shall provide an alternative road between Kashmir and Ladakh. The project cost is about Rs 300 crore,” he said in a PTI report dated Mar 12.
The total straight line distance between Pahalgam and Kargil is 79 KM (kilometers) and 513.89 meters. The mile based measurement distance is 49.4 miles. Again, this is a straight line distance.
Driving Distance Between Pahalgam and Kargil is 294 Km or 182 Miles. The proposed road will make it 106 km long.

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Amarnath Yatra 2011

May 9th, 2011 admin Posted in Amarnath Yatra | 3 Comments »

Amarnath Yatra 2011 – All you need to know this year (last updated May 23, 2011)

2011 Amarnath Yatra Dates:
The pilgrimage is set to begin from June 29, 2011 and go on till Aug 13, 2011 – the day Hindus celebrate the Raksha Bandhan festival.
(The VHP is talking of unilaterally starting the two-month long Amarnath yatra on its scheduled date of June 15 instead of June 29 as announced by Jammu and Kashmir Governor N N Vohra. However, we believe its an unnecessary controversy at this point, and please plan with June 29th as the start date)
This year yatra shall commence simultaneously, along both the Baltal and the Chandanwari routes.

Amarnath Yatra Registration 2011:
The registration for annual Amartnath yatra shall start from May 10 at the counters established in 121 designated branches of the J&K Bank, 24 branches of the YES Bank and four District Cooperative Banks.
The registration will be done through a yatra permit which will be issued on the submission of the application form, duly filled in, along with the payment of handling charges of Rs15 per yatri.
The form that needs to be filled can be downloaded here:  Amarnath-Yatra-2011-Application-Form-Permit

You can search for the bank branches where the form is accepted here.
Amarnath Yatra 2011 Ponies Rates
Amarnath Yatra Tariff Helicopter Service 2011

Online Registration: e-Registration for Shri Amarnathji Yatra 2011

Registration Flow & Advisory:

  • Check Availability for a specified date and route either through Baltal or Chandanwari (Pahalgam).
  • The selected date is the date of start of Yatra from Domel Check Point (Baltal Route) or the Chandanwari Check Point (Chandanwari Route) .
  • The maximum number of Registrations per booking is limited to 5.
  • Each individual Yatri Registraion shall cost Rs. 15.
  • Please fill in the complete Yatri Details individually as required.
  • Please provide proper Nomination details of a Relative for payment of the insurance claim in case of death due to accident.
  • Please ensure that the Billing details are provided for the person making the payment through credit cards /debit cards / ebanking.
  • Enter a Valid Email ID to receive confirmation of your registration and for future references.
  • Please take a print of the Yatri Rgistration receipt/s in landscape which shall be the Yatri Permit/s for the Yatra.
  • Contact details in case of online registration transactional disputes eregyatra2011@gmail.com , please mention the transaction id in the subject line of the email.
  • Please make a note of the Yatra transaction id generated on successful payment , this along with the specified route and yatra date shall be required for Regeneration of Yatra Reciepts (Yatra Permits) in case required

Please click here to begin registration process.


Is registration necessary?

Per SASB, for effective security and arrangements along the difficult tracks, only those yatris will be allowed to enter and proceed beyond the base camps who are in possession of a permit which is valid for a specified date and route. Validity for a specific date does not sound reasonable because of change of travel plans due to weather, logistical issues, etc. There is hope that the yatra and security officials on the ground will be able to manage the situation in such cases.
Also, last year, a Yatri duly registered by the Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board for the Yatra 2010, having a valid Yatra Permit issued by the SASB will be entitled to an insurance cover of Rs. One lac in case of death due to accident while undertaking the Yatra

How soon should you register?
Note that the registration will be done on First-Come-First-Serve Basis. Last year, nearly half a million pilgrims had visited the shrine. This year the number is expected to be on the higher side because of the relative calm in the Valley compared to last year when several months of stone throwing and clashes with the security forces had resulted in a drop in tourists and pilgrims into the valley.

How about Helicopter Service?
There are three operators this year:
Himalayan Heliservices Pvt. Ltd. Tel: 011-41649358/59/60 e-mail: himalayanheli@vsnl.net www.himalayanheli.com
Pawan Hans Helicopters Ltd.Tel: 91-0-9968686811 e-mail: gm-nr@phhl.co.in www.pawanhans.co.in
Global Vectra Helicorp Ltd Tel: 91-11-46433300 e-mail: globalhelicorp.vsnl.net www.globalhelicorp.com
This is Amarnath-Yatra-Helicopter-2010 with cost and other conditions.

Update:
May 15, 2011 – So far a total of 43,435 people have opted for the traditional Pahalgam route and 36,878 have secured registration for the Baltal route.
May 22, 2011 – On an average during the past 12 days, over 12500 Yatris have been availing the registration facility every day. Of 1,50,961 Yatris registered so far, 78,287 have opted for the traditional Pahalgam route and 72,674 have secured registration for the Baltal route.

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Stay indoors – two leopards flee from Pahalgam zoo

March 20th, 2011 admin Posted in Pahalgam News | No Comments »

SRINAGAR, Mar 18 : Two leopards fled from the Pahalgam zoo last night – one has since been captured. (courtesy Kashmir Times)
Authorities after the incident have made announcements from the loudspeakers appealing the people of the area not to venture out in the evening. Police has registered case into the incident and started investigations.
Sources said that the two leopards fled from the mini-zoo Pahalgam after the wire laid around the zoo was cut during the night. “The channeling that is laid around the zoo had been cut with some sharp edged weapon from two sides paving the way for the leopards to come out of the zoo,” said an official. However, sources smell the hand of officials into the incident.
“The channel fencing was cut from the sides where the leopard had been kept which indicates that some mischief has been done by the employees,” said the sources.

Confirming the incident wild life warden south Kashmir Mohammad Sadiq Mir blamed “miscreants” for the mischief.
“Two leopards fled from the zoo only after some miscreants who are hell bent on demolishing the image of the department under a well planned conspiracy cut the fencing of the zoo,” he said.
However, he claimed that they have managed to capture one leopard while one is yet to be captured.
“To avoid any human damage we have asked the people of the area not to venture out in the evening,” he said adding, “The efforts are on to capture another leopard.”
Police has registered a case into the matter and started investigations.
“We have lodged an FIR into the matter and initiated investigations,” SHO Pahalgam Tariq Ahmad Tak told Kashmir Times.
“We have called many officials of the department for questioning and the investigation is on,” he said.

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Ranbir Kapoor in Pahalgam

February 23rd, 2011 admin Posted in Bollywood shootings | No Comments »

Actor Ranbir Kapoor is busy shooting for his film Rockstar at Pahalgam, along with the film’s actress Nargis Fakhri and director Imtiyaz Ali.

Ranbir Kapoor

Nargis Fakhri

Nargis Fakhri

Other cast members include Piyush Mishra and Shammi Kapoor. The shooting began on May 2010 and the film is scheduled to release by mid-2011. The shooting took place at locations across Delhi including, Kotla Mubarakpur, Nizamuddin Auliya Dargah, Greater Kailash, IGI airport and Connaught Place, and three-day schedule at the St. Stephen’s College, followed by one at the Hindu College, director Imtiaz Ali’s alma mater, during the winter break of these colleges.

 

Fakhri was born in New York Her father was Pakistani and her mother Czechoslovakian.

(GK) Large number of people arrived at Pahalgam to have a glimpse of the stars. Incidentally, Ranbir’s father Rishi Kapoor had shot his first film as a hero in his debut movie Bobby shot in Kashmir as well.
Wearing a Kashmiri Pheran, Ranbir almost mimicked the typical Kashmiri next door boy. Actress Nargis too was spotted wearing a traditional Kashmiri shawl.
Though hostile weather didn’t allow the shooting to go on for long as it began to snow heavily, but not before the scenic beauty of valley got caught in the camera featuring a shot in which the local tea stall was used as a makeshift set.

Enjoying Kashmiri Food

The shooting is scheduled for two more days in Pahalgam after which the cast and crew will move on to ski resort of Gulmarg.

The shooting is being done in Betaab Valley.

Additional: During the shooting, reportedly, Ranbir’s snowmobile skidded on the snow-covered road, smashing into the side barrier. Thankfully, the barrier was strong enough, or perhaps it was sheer luck that the young Kapoor escaped the crevice below. Says an eyewitness, “Everyone in the unit was stunned. When Ranbir’s snowmobile skidded out of control. It was rather sudden and unexpected. Ranbir wasn’t doing a stunt or anything. It was just a normal sequence but with the ice so treacherous one can never know what can happen.”

“Though Imtiaz Ali, the director wanted to cancel the shoot, Ranbir picked himself up and continued with the shot.

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Breathtaking Baisaran & Lake Tulian (Tulyan) in Pahalgam

February 14th, 2011 admin Posted in Activities, Baisaran - tekking and skiing, Excursions, Pony Rides, Travel | 6 Comments »

Baisaran and Tulian Lake
5 kms from Pahalgam is a lush meadow surrounded by hills and covered with dense vegetation. This region looks very similar to European resorts and is a good campsite.
There even have been Bollywood movies shot in Basisaran, the Kumar Gaurav starrer ‘Love Story’ 1891 ) comes to mind whose song ‘Phulon Ke Shehar me hai ghar apna’ was shot in Baisaran.
Pine forests dot this meadow which presents a picturesque view of the snow-clad mountains.
11 kms up a trek from Baisaran is Tulian or Tulyan lake – the make is mostly snow covered – other than summers – and is at an altitude of 3353m.
In recent years, there is now even a forest road to Baisaran and in summer months you could try and drive up there.

Forest Road to Baisaran

Forest Road to Baisaran

Beware that there are portions on the forest road where you may encounter a stream or two, with small boulders, and even some steep curves – so take your car on your own peril. The forest road ‘officially’ may be out of bounds for tourists – but don’t sweat over it, and just give it a try. Once you get there, you will even see some place for parking.
The drive to Baisaran can be rocky

The drive to Baisaran can be rocky


View of Pahalgam from the forest road to Baisaran

View of Pahalgam from the forest road to Baisaran


But when you are in Pahalgam, why would you even take your car up there? Usually people would make a day trip to Baisaran on pony, or just trek up there. Its one of the easiest and family friendly treks. Once in Baisaran, you can expect to find a stall or two selling snacks and soft drinks. There may even be an Indian army camp near by.
Trek up to Tulian could be another matter. Its challenging – some of the heights are tough, and there is no trek really laid out. Tulian could be covered in one day if you leave Pahalgam at dawn, and trek briskly, or just go on a pony. Or you could plan an overnight trek. Unless you have a very good sense of direction on hills and passes, its advisable to take experienced guide or go with local poly wallahs.
tulian-tulyan-lake-pahalgam-kashmir
This video (courtesy Ajay Verma) shows a breakthtaking visual story of the trek to Tulian Lake. When you trek in Pahalgam area, don’t be surprised to meet a Gujjar or Bakarwal family in the middle of nowhere. And even more, you will be welcome as their guests over a cup of tea (as seen in the video), or can ask them about the area.

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Winter Snow festival in Pahalgam

February 1st, 2011 admin Posted in Winter Sports | No Comments »

As Pahalgam was freezing with the mercury plunging to settle at minus 7.4 degrees Celsius, the two day Pahalgam Snow festival commenced on Jan 30, 2011 marked by organization of various winter sports and a cultural program. These included bhand pather, dhambali besides skiing, snow sledging, horse race. On the occasion officials and the heads of local traders’ bodies hailed the efforts of Tourism department to promote Pahalgam. Besides participants of winter sports, a large number of people and tourists were present on the occasion.

Snow-Festival-Pahalgam-Jan-2011

Snow-Festival-Pahalgam-Jan-2011

This was the first winter sports festival to be organized in Pahalgam, and per the officials, this would be an on going annual feature. Tourism department is also organizing a Spring festival at Pahalgam.
Snow-Festival-Pahalgam-Jan-2011-inauguration
Government is planning to develop Pahalgam as a world-class winter tourist destination and reportedly also introducing heli-skiing and ice-skating in a big way. Ultimately if tourists and skiers accept Pahalgam as a significant ski and snow sport destination would depend on efforts made by the private tourism operators in introducing pragmatic facilities and visitor plans.

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Mountaineering institute to aid in Cave Climb

July 12th, 2010 admin Posted in Amarnath Yatra, JIMWS | 1 Comment »

Srinagar: In the wake of several accidents on a slippery stretch en route the Amarnath cave shrine, the Jammu and Kashmir governor today deputed an eight-member team of mountaineering experts to assist the movement of pilgrims.
The team from the Jawahar Institute of Mountaineering, Pahalgam was deputed in addition to the 20 state police personnel comprising two mobile rescue teams which have already been deployed to assist the pilgrims between Sheshnag and Poshpathri along the traditional Pahalgam route.
The team was deputed after reports of several accidents on the difficult 5km stretch between Sangam Top and the shrine, which becomes extremely slippery when the snows start melting.
Sangam is a point en route to the 3,880m cave shrine where the pilgrims from both the traditional 46km Pahalgam route in Anantnag district and shortest 16km Baltal in Ganderbal district meet.
The annual two-month Amarnath yatra commenced from both the routes on July 1 and so far 1,41,232 pilgrims have paid obeisance at the shrine. PTI.

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Helicopter Service for Amarnath Yatra

July 1st, 2010 admin Posted in Amarnath Yatra | No Comments »

A yatra – the pilgrimage –  via a copter is no Yatra. Sure.

Having said that, people still want to do darshan at Shri Amarnath Ji – and some are too frail, while some have no time, while some just have that extra capacity to afford. So doing the yatra using a Copter for a big leg of the journey is increasingly becoming popular.

One could argue that using a pitthoo or doing the Yatra on horseback in no better than the helicopter. Perhaps yes, ethically speaking, but on the pony back you still have to endure the pony ride itself (which is tough on the body in its own right) – while a helicopter ride over the mighty beautiful Himalayas is plain fun and bliss!

Anyhow, since the service is becoming popular, here is how to book it:

Pawan Hans – Shri Amarnath Ji Booking website is here:
https://booking.pawanhans.co.in/web/ta/home.aspx
Or Contact Numbers:
011-24651248, 24690924,
09868906223, 09968686822,
09968686811, 09419169875-76-77

From Pahalgam to Amarnath Ji, contact
http://www.globalhelicorp.com/
globalhelicorp@gvhl.net
+91-11-46433300

Maximum 5 per charter 0 the GVHL one flies over the traditional route. Can also contact at yatra@gvhl.net

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Its cold in Pahalgam – with power shortage

June 1st, 2010 admin Posted in Tourist Information, Weather | No Comments »

May 28th kind of broke the records -when the plains were hot hot at 45 Degrees, it was actually snowing in Pahalgam! Prior to this, the last know day in May when it actually snowed in Pahalgam was May 12th.

Before you visit Pahalgam, plan your trip by checking the weather forecast here.

However, with tourists thronging Kashmir to escape the heat wave in plains of India, the fall in temperature at Pahalgam ended up giving a tough time to visitors. Tourists complained of non-availability of power supply as the town remained mostly under darkness for past many days. Continuous rain has also limited people’s movement.

Around 12000 tourists are presently at Pahalgam and most of them are complaining of poor infrastructure including lack of power during nights. The incessant rains have added to their woes as most of the hotels and huts are devoid of heating system. Use of generators during the night helps, but then created a noise problem.

Some bright sun during the days is beginning to help – however the temperatures remain particularly low.

If you can’t happen to take the cold, you may also want to try out using a Kangri with a shawl or phiran. The Kangri is the earthen pot that is filled with smoldering charcoal and ashes on top, and kept under a shawl that then provides a small amount of continuous warmth. This is what the locals use to beat the cold in the worst of times. Beware however, it can be serious fire hazard if you are not careful, or happen to doze off!

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Pony and labourer rates for Amarnath Yatra

June 1st, 2010 admin Posted in Amarnath Yatra, Pony Rides | 5 Comments »

Following are the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board approved rates:
(All Rates in Rupees for 2010):
I Riding/Pack Pony
- Chandanwari to Holy Cave and back 2782.5
- Baltal to Holy Cave and back 1800

II Dandy
- Chandanwari to Holy Cave and back 10500
- Baltal to Holy Cave and back 6000

III Labourer
Chandanwari to Holy Cave and back 1365
Baltal to Holy Cave and back 1000

IV Labourer with Pithoo
Chandanwari to Holy Cave and back 1470

Helicopter services for the Yatris would be available on each of the two routes viz. Baltal – Panjtarni – Baltal and Pahalgam – Panjtarni- Pahalgam. The one way heli-fare for Baltal- Panjtarni and Pahalgam-Panjtarni has been fixed at Rs. 2425/- and Rs. 3800/-, respectively. Children, between the age of 2-12 years, will be required to pay half the prices.

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2010 Amarnath Yatra Registration

May 30th, 2010 admin Posted in Amarnath Yatra, Tourist Information | 12 Comments »

  • Registration to Start June 8
  • e-registration is unlikely this time
  • Registration slips in seven colors, separate colors for all seven days of the week
  • registration will last about 76 days
  • pilgrims taking aerial route will have to trek seven kms
  • First batch of the yatris is scheduled to have darshan on July 1 from both the tracks
  • Last darshan will be performed on August 24

123 branches of Jammu and Kashmir Bank Limited (JKBL) will start registration of Shri Amarnath ji shrine pilgrims, tentatively from June 8 to 10 all over the country. The registration process will last 76 days during which a maximum number of 4.10 lakh pilgrims will be registered for annual Amarnath Yatra. Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB), like the previous year, has entered into an agreement with Jammu and Kashmir Bank Limited (JKBL) for registration of 4.10 lakh pilgrims-2.5 lakh each from Baltal and Pahalgam tracks.

The agreement has been finalised and the process of registration will begin most likely from June 8 or latest by June 10.The registration will continue up to August 22 for Pahalgam (Chandanwari) route and up to August 23 for shorter Baltal track. Annual pilgrimage to Shri Amarnath ji shrine is scheduled to begin from July 1 and will conclude on August 24 coinciding with Shravan Purnima and Raksha Bandhan. The yatra will last 55 days.

Highest number of 26 J&K Bank branches will register the yatris in New Delhi. Fourteen branches have been designated for registration in Mumbai and 13 in Jammu and Kashmir. Seventy branches will offer registration to pilgrims in rest of the country including Chandigarh zone, Chennai, Lucknow, Ahmedabad etc. 5000 pilgrims will be registered every day by the J&K Bank branches including 2500 each for the two tracks-Baltal and Pahalgam. As the registration will last about 76 days, the Bank will register a maximum of 4.10 lakh pilgrims. Depending upon rush for the pilgrims in some zones, more yatris can be registered on some days to complete the quota of 4.10 lakh. The Bank has printed 4 lakh tickets but could add 10,000 more, if the situation warranted.

To ensure that the pilgrims registered for a particular day undertake journey on the scheduled date, the Bank has this time published registration slips in seven colors, separate colors for all seven days of the week. On Monday, white color slips will be issued for Pahalgam route and craft paper for Baltal track. On Tuesday, it will be red color for Pahalgam and white for Baltal while on Wednesday the pilgrims will get ground orange slips for Pahalgam and red for Baltal route.

Colors will be changed to yellow for Pahalgam and ground orange for Baltal on Thursday while it will be green for Pahalgam and yellow for Baltal on Friday, blue for Pahalgam and green for Baltal on Saturday and craft paper for Pahalgam and blue for Baltal on Sunday.The color slips will help the security and police personnel on duty to ensure that only the registered pilgrims and that too of the same date undertook journey to have darshan of holy Ice Lingam of Lord Shiva. The J&K Bank will notify its branches designated for the pilgrims through advertisements in newspapers nation wide to ensure that the aspirants could get to know of their nearest branch for registration.

The e-registration is unlikely this time, sources said, adding the decision to do away registration, sitting at home, might have been taken as a security measure. Last year, a number of pilgrims had registered themselves via internet. First batch of the yatris is scheduled to have darshan of holy Ice Lingam of Lord Shiva on July 1 from both the tracks. Last darshan will be performed on August 24 on the occasion of Shravan Purnima. As reported, the administration has decided to make tight security arrangements, almost at par with last year, for the yatra. IGP Kashmir Farooq Ahmed and IGP Jammu Ashok Gupta will supervise security arrangements in their respective zones. The deployment of para-military personnel will start from June 15 and it will be completed well ahead of scheduled date of start of yatra.The State has requisitioned nearly 75 additional companies of para-military from the Centre which were expected to start reaching here before June 15. Rest of the security will be met through internal resources including para-military deployed in less sensitive areas and local police.The SASB has already decided that air services for this year’s yatra will be operated from Baltal as well as Pahalgam but only up to Panjtarni, which means that the pilgrims taking aerial route will have to trek seven kms to reach the holy cave shrine.

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