The online helicopter booking for the annual Amarnath Yatra will begin on May 1, according to an announcement on Friday. Yatris intending to use the helicopter service would not be allowed to board the helicopter unless they produce the required Compulsory Health Certificate.
A statement issued in Jammu by the Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB) said, “Online booking of helicopter tickets for Shri Amarnathji Yatra 2019 shall commence on May 1 at 10 in the morning.” The affairs of the annual Himalayan Yatra is managed by the Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board.
SASB Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Umang Narula was informed that yatris intending to use helicopter services would not be allowed to board the helicopter unless they produce the required Compulsory Health Certificate issued by authorised doctors or institutes which have been notified by their respective state governments. Also, the Yatris have been advised to get tickets only from the authorised helicopter operators or their authorised agents and not to fall prey to unscrupulous elements who may mislead them and try to sell fake tickets.
Narula said that the online booking facility would be available to the intending Yatris on the website of these companies.
He said the board has made arrangements with M/s Global Vectra Helicorps Ltd and M/s Himalayan Heli Services Pvt Ltd on the Neelgrath (Baltal)-Panjtarni-Neelgrath (Baltal) sector and M/s UTair India Pvt Ltd on the Pahalgam-Panjtarni-Pahalgam sector.
“Based on competitive bidding, the one-way per passenger helicopter fare for Neelgrath (Baltal)-Panjtarni has been fixed at Rs 1,804. Similarly, the one-way Pahalgam-Panjtarni fare will be Rs 3,104,” he added.
This year’s Amarnath Yatra would begin on July 1 and end on August 15 coinciding with the Shravan Purnima festival.