Historic Road Expansion Brings Access to Amarnath Cave Shrine in Jammu and Kashmir

November 09, 2023 – In a momentous development, a significant expansion of road connectivity to the Amarnath Cave shrine in Jammu and Kashmir has been completed by the Border Roads Organisation (BRO), marking a historic milestone in improving accessibility to this revered pilgrimage site. The expansion project, which encompasses the route from Dumail to the Amarnath Cave, traversing the Baltal base camp in Ganderbal district, is now fully operational.

Dedicated personnel from the BRO have tirelessly worked on widening the road, ensuring that pilgrims can embark on their sacred journey with greater ease. This endeavor has been a testament to the unwavering commitment of the officials to expand the road connectivity to this spiritually significant destination.

The project involved road widening efforts starting from the Sangam base, proceeding beyond Chandanwari in Pahalgam, where a new cut alignment was adopted up to Sangam Top. Furthermore, reports suggest that the road widening has extended from the lower cave area to the holy shrine itself, a site annually thronged by thousands of Hindu pilgrims.

The successful expansion of road access has already facilitated the arrival of the first set of vehicles at the Amarnath Cave, making the pilgrimage more accessible and convenient for devotees. This development comes as a welcome relief, especially for those who embark on the annual Amarnath Yatra.


Notably, in the previous year, the responsibility for maintaining the tracks leading to the cave shrine was entrusted to the BRO’s ‘Project Beacon,’ aimed at enhancing the overall pilgrimage experience. The provision of motorable road access to the cave shrine seeks to provide a more comfortable and accessible journey for pilgrims.

However, it is essential to acknowledge that this expansion has sparked contrasting viewpoints. The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) expressed concerns, viewing the development as potentially detrimental to the spiritual essence of the pilgrimage, suggesting that it may transform religious pilgrimages into leisure destinations for political purposes.

In response, supporters of the project have highlighted the meticulous Environmental Impact Assessment that was conducted before undertaking the expansion. They emphasize that the project was executed with great care to minimize any adverse environmental impact while preserving the sacred faith associated with the Baba Amarnath Shrine. Accusations of divisive politics have been exchanged, underlining the complex nature of balancing spiritual and infrastructural advancements.

As the expanded road connectivity to the Amarnath Cave shrine unfolds, it represents both an achievement in providing easier access for pilgrims and a topic of debate on the preservation of the sanctity of religious journeys in contemporary times.