Best Time To Visit Amarnath

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What is the best time to visit Amarnath?

The best time to visit Amarnath is between May to September. During summers, the climate is quite considerable as it ranges between 9-34 degrees, and this might be a good time to enjoy the greenery around Amarnath, although this is not the peak season for tourists. The Amarnath Yatra takes place in July and August making it an ideal time for visitors. During winters, the temperatures drop to a chilly -8 degrees, and the cold gets unbearable hence avoidable.

Weather in Amarnath


Upcoming Amarnath Weather

Monthly Weather in Amarnath

Month High/Low (°C) Rain
January -11°/ -19° 14 days
February -7°/ -17° 5 days
March -5°/ -14° 10 days
April -1°/ -10° 6 days
May 1°/ -6° 14 days
June 3°/ -3° 10 days
July 6°/ 0° 21 days
August 7°/ 1° 15 days
September 7°/ -1° 3 days
October -0°/ -7° 10 days
November -4°/ -12° 6 days
December -9°/ -17° 4 days

Amarnath in Summer (March - June)

Summers in Amarnath are neither too hot nor cold with temperatures ranging from 9 - 34 degrees. The Amarnath cave is one of the major attractions there that remains covered in snow throughout the year except for summer when it is open for the pilgrims to visit. People visit the cave annually trekking through the steep terrain to seek darshan of the shiv lingam made of ice that grows up vertically. Hence, this is an excellent time to visit Amarnath if you wish to see the cave.
Way to Amarnath Yatra
Way to Amarnath Yatra

Amarnath in Monsoon (July - September)

June to September is a great time to visit Amarnath because the famous Amarnath Yatra begins any time from June to September, coinciding with the holy month of Shravana. Pilgrims from all over the country visit it in huge numbers to attend this. Remember to wear comfortable woollen clothes while you trek to Amarnath. Trekking becomes difficult during this time as the mountains surrounding the cave are covered in snow completely. Also, unseasonal blizzards in late August has previously caused damage to the lives of many tourists. Travelling to Amarnath requires you to carry a lot of protection gears, so go with full preparation.
Amarnath Yatra
Amarnath Yatra

Amarnath in Winter (October - February)

As winters approach, the temperatures fall to - 8 degrees and all the surrounding mountains are covered in snow and fog. It is advisable to not travel to Amarnath during winters due to the extreme cold. Trekking at this time will lead to significant discomfort. The cave is not opened for the pilgrims as well, making it pointless to visit Amarnath at this time of the year.
On the way to Amarnath Cave
On the way to Amarnath Cave

Events in Amarnath

Amarnath Yatra

July - August

The Amarnath yatra route attracts lakhs of pilgrims every year who visit the site during Shravani Mela in July-August (Shravan month in Hindu calendar) - the only time in the whole year when the Amarnath Cave is accessible. The cave is placed at an altitude of 3,888m, about 141 km from Srinagar, the capital of Jammu and Kashmir and reached through Pahalgam town. The shrine has an important part to play in Hinduism and is considered to be one of the holiest shrines in Hinduism. The annual 'Amarnath Yatra' is marked by 'Pratham Pujan' which is said to invoke the blessings of Baba Amarnath.

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