06 Sep Pilgrims Take On Difficult Treks In India!
India’s pilgrimages, like its natural beauty and diversified terrain, are diverse, and some even put their followers’ dedication and patience to the test. Some pilgrimage destinations are located at extremely high altitudes and are plagued by unpredictably bad weather. Nonetheless, worshippers muster the strength to overcome all barriers and arrive at their treasured locations. Here are some of India’s most challenging treks, which are still popular among pilgrims.
Yatra to Amarnath-
The Amarnath Cave, at an elevation of 12756 feet, is one of India’s most renowned pilgrimage locations. The main cave is covered in snow for the majority of the year, giving pilgrims a limited window to visit during the summer. The walk requires 45 kilometres to be covered in four days, with variable weather conditions adding to the adventure.
Jat Yatra to Nanda Devi Raj –
Every 12 years, pilgrims make the gruelling journey to Nanda Devi in Chamoli, Uttarakhand, in honour of Goddess Nanda Devi. According to the natives, the Goddess is carried in a spectacular parade to her husband’s residence in the inner cold folds of the larger Himalayas by the peasants. Devotees walk barefoot on this trail, which takes about three weeks to complete. Despite the ice and rocky terrain, followers rigorously adhere to their guidelines.
Vaishno Devi Temple-
The Vaishno Devi shrine is located 48 kilometres from Jammu city at an astounding altitude of 5200 feet. The shrine may be reached after a 13-kilometer hike from Katra, where devotees must walk until they reach the temple on foot.
The site’s high height (15197 feet above sea level) and the 19-kilometer trek make it one of India’s most difficult yatras for pilgrims. Hemkunt Sahib in Chamoli, dedicated to Guru Gobind Singh, the 10th Sikh Guru, draws pilgrims from all over the world. Pilgrims must journey 13 kilometres from Govindghat, near Joshimath, to the village of Ghangaria, and then another 6 kilometres to the Hemkunt Sahib Gurudwara. Note that this place is inaccessible from October to April due to snow accumulation.
The Kedarnath walk, which begins in Gaurikund and ends at Kedarnath, is approximately 16 kilometres long and begins at an elevation of 11750 feet above sea level. Before embarking on this journey, each pilgrim must have their physical fitness assessed to see whether they are physically capable of completing the journey. Furthermore, the Kedarnath Trek from Gaurikund begins at 4 a.m., and no pilgrim is permitted to depart after that hour. The difficult trek from Gaurikund will take approximately 6 hours.