With helicopter services beginning from Pahalgam to Panchtarni, the last halt before Amarnath shrine, from July 22, the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board on Sunday said that 'heli-parikrama' of Sheshnag lake would be the important element of the service.
It has been decided to include a heli-parikrama of the Sheshnag for the airborne devotees, as an important element of the new helicopter service on the traditional route, Chief Executive Officer of the board B B Vyas said in Srinagar.
Vyas said consequent to the decision, pilgrims who travel by the helicopter service will also have the opportunity of flying over Mahagunas and Pissu Tops.
The CEO was interacting with representatives of Travel and Tour Associations of Kashmir.
The glacial lake of Sheshnag is situated about 27 km from Pahalgam at an altitude of 3,658 meters. The Sheshnag
mountains look like seven heads and the lake resembles the body of a coiled-up snake while the stream appears like the
tail of the serpent.
In his interaction, the Chief Executive Officer reiterated that the board would continue to recognise that the
economic interests of local stakeholders.
He said the board would notify in January 2010 the specific number of helicopter seats which will be earmarked
exclusively for the Associations for the next year's pilgrimage.