How to Reach Amarnath by Train-Train Schedule for Amarnath Yatra

Though the easiest way to reach Amarnath is by air**, for some devotees, trains by far remain the most favored mode of transportation.  Since , no direct trains ply to Amarnath given the terrain, one needs to get down at either Jammu, Katra or Udhampur for their onward journey to the Amarnath Caves.

From these stations, one can then take a bus/taxi (early morning)  from the Tourist Reception center to reach:- 

  1. Pahalgam:  Jammu to Pahalgam is 315 km.  Good hotels and guest houses are available here as are free Langars (food kiosks) for the devotees run by Non Government Organisations at Nunwan Yatri Camp, 6 kms short of Pahalgam. Spend the first night at Pahalgam and began the onward journey to the  Amarnath Caves the next day by taking the mini bus to  Chandanwari (16 kms). On this route, you will come across some  scenic views of the Lidder River. Even at Chandanwari, you will come across langars providing free food. From here , trek to Pissu Top and then to Sheshnag, so named after the seven peaks that resembles the head of the mythical snake. Refresh yourself in the deep blue waters of Sheshnag lake and camp for the night . A steep 4.6 km trek amidst full of rivulets, water falls and springs  awaits you from Sheshnag to Mahagunas Pass ( 4276 mtrs/14000 ft) followed by a slow descend to Panchtarni (3657 mtrs/12000 ft) where you will camp fro the third night. This trek can be very treacherous and daunting for some due to cold winds and oxygen deficiency. Devotees are therefore advised to be properly dressed , carry eatables like dry fruits and  lemon to combat any feeling of nausea and reach for the nearest medical post in case of emergencies.  At Panchtarni ,devotees can see the five rivers which are said to have from Lord Shiva’s hair. From Panchtarni, the holy caves of Amarnath are some 6 kms away. You can either trek or take a pony/palki to reach the caves. On the way to the Amarnath caves, you will comes across the Sangam of Amravati and Panjtarni rivers, where one can take a bath before going for darshan. It is advisable to start early in order to beat the queues and to return to Panjtarni well in time the same day.
  2. Baltal:  Jammu to Baltal is around 400 kms. This journey  through Jammu- Udhampur – Kud – Patnitop – Ramban – Banihal – KaziGund – Anantnag – Srinagar – Sonamarg – Baltal is very scenic and you will see beautiful valleys, waterfalls along the way.  From Baltal , the Amarnath Holy Cave is just 14 Kms (one way) and can be covered by foot or ponies.  Be-aware that this route  is a bit narrow and steep when compared to Chandanwari-Holy Cave route but pilgrims can return back to base camp through this route only in one day thereby saving time.

* * if coming by air, pilgrims need to reach Srinagar and from there take a bus to Pahalgam for their journey to the Amarnath caves.

Given below are a list of trains plying to Jammu, Udhampur and Katra. The list is not exhaustive and readers are requested to check the details on IRCTC Website before booking their tickets. Special trains are also introduced by Indian Railways during the yatra time and the same are advertised in various newspapers. Devotees  are therefore requested to keep a look out for such adverts.

1 19027 VIVEK EXPRESS Sat Bandra Terminus Jammu Tavi
2 22941 INBD JAT S F EXP Mon Indore Junction BG Jammu Tavi
3 14503 KLK-SVDK EXP Tue ,Fri Kalka Katra
4 14713 SGNR-JAT EXP Wed Shri Ganganagar Jammu Tavi
5 22461 SHREE SHAKTI EXP Daily New Delhi Katra
6 14605 HW-JAT EXP Mon Haridwar Junction Jammu Tavi
7 14609 HEMKUNT EXP Daily Rishikesh Katra
8 19415 ADI SVDK EXPRESS Sun Ahmedabad Junction Katra
9 14645 SHALIMAR EXP Daily Delhi (Old) Jammu Tavi
10 12425 JAMMU RAJDHANI Daily New Delhi Jammu Tavi
11 19225 JU JAT EXP Daily Jodhpur Junction Jammu Tavi
12 12445 SAMPARK KRANTI EXP Daily New Delhi Katra
13 22401 DEE UHP AC SUP Mon,Wed,Sat Delhi Saria Rohilla Udhampur
14 74909 PTK UHP DMU  Daily Pathankot Udhampur
15 12413 AII JAT EXPRESS Daily Ajmer Jammu Tavi
16 14033 JAMMU MAIL Daily Delhi (Old) Katra
17 13151 JAMMU TAWI EXP Daily Kolkata Jammu Tavi
18 12207 JAMMU GARIB RATH Tue Kathgodam Jammu Tavi
19 11077 JHELUM EXP Daily Pune Junction Jammu Tavi
20 12355 ARCHANA EXP Tue,Sat  Patna Junction Jammu Tavi
21 19805 KOTA-UHP EXP Wed Kota Junction Udhampur
22 14611 GCT SVDK EXP Fri Ghazipur City Katra
23 12237 BEGAMPURA EXP Daily Banaras Jammu Tavi
24 12469 CNB JAT EXPRESS (12469) Wed, Fri Kanpur Central Jammu Tavi
25 12491 MOUR DHWAJ EXP  Sun Barauni Junction Jammu Tavi
26 22431 ALD UHP EXP Tue,Sat  Allahabad Junction Udhampur
27 12331 HIMGIRI EXPress Tue,Fri,Sat Howrah Jammu Tavi
28 15653 AMARNATH EXP Wed Guwahati Jammu Tavi
29 15097 AMARNATH EXP Thu Bhagalpur Jammu Tavi
30 12587 AMAR NATH EXP Mon Gorakhpur Junction Jammu Tavi
31 15651 LOHIT EXP Mon Guwahati Jammu Tavi
32 11449 JBP SVDK EXP Tue Jabalpur Katra
33 16031 ANDAMAN EXPRESS Sun,Wed,Thu Chennai Central Katra
34 19803 KOTA SVDK EXP  Sat Kota Junction Katra
35 16317 HIMSAGAR EXP Fri Kanyakumari Katra
36 16687 NAVYUG EXP Mon Mangalore Central Katra
37 18101 TATA JAT EXP Daily Tata Nagar Jammu Tavi
38 15655 KYQ SVDK EXPRESS Sun Kamakhya Katra
39 12471 SWARAJ EXPRESS  Sun, Mon,Thu, Fri Bandra Terminus Katra
40 12477 JAM SVDK EXP  Tue Jamnagar Katra
41 12475 HAPA SVDK EXP Wed Hapa Katra
42 12473 SARVODAYA EXP Sat Gandhidham BG Katra
43 19107 JANAMBHOOMI EXP Sun Bhavnagar Terminus Udhampur
44 12919 MALWA EXP Daily Dr.Ambedkar Nagar Katra
45 54653 JAT UHP PASS  Daily Jammu Tavi Udhampur
46 74907 JAT UHP DMU  Mon,Tue, Wed,Thu,Fri Jammu Tavi Udhampur
47 19223 ADI JAT EXPRESS Daily Ahmedabad Junction Jammu Tavi
48 12549 DURG JAT SF EXP  Tue Durg Jammu Tavi
49 18215 DURG JAT EXPRESS Wed Durg Jammu Tavi