The Amarnath pilgrimage the coming summer will be 11 days shorter than 2013 as a 44-day long annual yatra in South Kashmir Himalayas will begin on June 28 this year. Last year, the yatra’s duration was for 55 days, beginning June 28 and concluding on August 21.Pointing out that registration process for it will begin on March 1, an official spokesman said that the yatra will commence on an auspicious day falling on June 28 as per Hindu calendar and conclude on Raksha Bandan falling on August 10.
Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB) was likely to start the process of registration of Amarnath pilgrims from March this year as aspirants for the yatra had to go through cumbersome process of registration this time in view of Compulsory Health Certificate (CHC) required to be furnished by the pilgrims. The SASB today unveiled the CHC, which has been designed by top medical professionals of the country. The Shrine Board could once again assign process of the registration to Jammu and Kashmir Bank and some Cooperative Banks as had been the case last year.