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Baltal

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Best Time: May-Sep Read More

Ideal duration: 1 day

Nearest Airport: Srinagar Check Flights

Baltal Tourism

Set at an altitude of 2743 m, Baltal suffices as a halt destination just about perfectly for all the religious Amarnath Cave pilgrims. At a distance of 14 kms from Amarnath, this place serves as the base camp for devotees with adequate arrangements of pitch tents to spend the night.

Apart from this, Baltal is also renowned for its absolutely picturesque environment. It is in close proximity to renowned towns like Srinagar, Pahalgam and Sonamarg.

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Base Camp for Amarnath Yatra

The valley serves as the camping ground for the Amarnath pilgrims. It is only a day's journey away from the Amarnath caves. Tents are set up here for an enjoyable stay of the pilgrims and are also very affordable. The pilgrims going to visit Shri Amarnathji cave take a halt at Baltal base camp and then climb to the cave. Helicopter services are also available, which drop the yatris till Panjtarni.

Restaurants and Local Food in Baltal

Baltal though being a halt destination for millions of people on their Amarnath Yatra, does not provide much in terms of restaurants. There are quite a few roadside stalls though, which might prove handy.
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One Day Itinerary

If you are in Baltal and not planning to visit Amarnath, then you can roam around, visit either of Pahalgam or Sonamarg and enjoy adventure sports or the natural beauty all around. However, if your aim is to go for the Amarnath Yatra, then the trek will take 1-2 days on the 14 km stretch. The overall trip including returning will take 3-4 days.

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What's Great?

A small valley in Jammu and Kashmir, Baltal serves as the base camp for Amarnath Yatra. Baltal is known for its scenic views

What's Not So Great?

Does not offer many restaurants and hotels.

For Whom?

It is a great halt destination for Amarnath pilgrims. Can also be visited by people travelling to nearby places like Srinagar, Pahalgam and Sonamarg. Ideal for family vacations.

How To Reach Baltal

There is neither an airport nor a railway station in Baltal. To travel by air, you will have to take a flight to Srinagar, which houses the nearest airport. The nearest railway station is in Udhampur. Many buses regularly ply from all the major cities of the country.

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Surbhi Parashar 11 months ago
- Carry extra food and supplies with you, being at a high altitude and having to suffice to the needs of hordes of pilgrims, facilities are not present at proper intervals.
- Winters are extremely cold, proper clothing would be a no-brainer.
- Have a guide with you or make a well researched plan for yourself and only then embark on to your trip.
- Check out the prices of pony rides online first or ask your friends who might have been here earlier. You do not want to be fooled.
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