A fresh batch of 2,416 pilgrims on Thursday left Jammu for the Kashmir Valley to perform the ongoing Amarnath Yatra, an official said.
The yatris left Bhagwati Nagar Yatri Niwas in two escorted convoy of vehicles. “This includes yatris going to both Baltal and Pahalgam base camps,” he said.
“Of these, 893 are going to Baltal base camp while 1,523 are going to Pahalgam base camp,” he added.
So far, 26 pilgrims have died during the yatra. In addition to this, two volunteers and two security men also lost their lives.
The 45-day long annual Amarnath Yatra which started on July 1 has been going on smoothly. Till date, over 3,01,818 pilgrims have paid their obeisance at Amarnath cave.
The 45-day Amarnath Yatra will end on August 15, coinciding with the Shravan Purnima festival.