Yatra 2018: 1,208 pilgrims leave Jammu for Amarnath cave in Kashmir

Srinagar

A batch of 1,208 pilgrims left Jammu on Monday for the Kashmir Valley to perform the Amarnath Yatra.

They left the Bhagwati Nagar Yatri Niwas in an escorted convoy of 45 vehicles, as 435 pilgrims headed to Baltal base camp while 773 towards Pahalgam, an official said.

The 60-day long annual Amarnath Yatra which started on June 28 has been going on smoothly for the last 26 days with over 2,40,000 pilgrims having performed the yatra.

Except for the vagaries of weather due to which four pilgrims were killed by a landslide on the Baltal-cave shrine route, the yatra has been proceeding smoothly.

The Met has forecast rain along both the Baltal and Pahalgam treks on Monday.

The pilgrimage will end on August 26, coinciding with the Shravan Purnima festival.

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