Online booking of helicopters for Amarnath to start March 27

SRINAGAR: Online booking of helicopter tickets for this year’s Amarnath yatra shall commence on March 27.
Earlier, the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB) had decided to commence the online booking of helicopter tickets from March 17 but now it has been re-scheduled, Board Chief Executive Officer Navin K Choudhary said 0n Monday.
The Amarnath pilgrimage will be 11 days shorter than 2013. The 44-day long annual yatra in south Kashmir Himalayas will begin on June 28 this year.
The SASB has made arrangements with Pawan Hans Limited, Global Vectra Helicorp Ltd and Himalayan Heli Services Pvt Ltd, he said.
Online booking facility shall be available from 10.00 AM onwards from March 27 on the websites of the aforesaid Companies i.e www.Pawanhans.Co.In; www.Onlineglobalhelicorp.Com; and www.Himalayanheli.Com respectively.
The one way per passenger heli-fare for Neelgrath (Baltal)-Panjtarni and Pahalgam-Panjtarni Sector has been fixed at Rs 1950 and Rs 4190 respectively.
Pilgrims, who wish to avail the service for pilgrimage, are not required to seek Advance Registration through the designated bank branches as their tickets shall be treated as Yatra permits.
But the pilgrims can use this service only after producing compulsory health certificate issued by authorized doctors and institutes notified by respective state governments.
Also, with one credit and debit Card, a maximum of five passengers shall be booked. The same card cannot be used for booking of tickets for next three weeks.
The card used for booking shall have to be reproduced at the time of issuance of boarding pass.