Yatra 2018: 2,922 pilgrims leave Jammu for Kashmir

Srinagar

A fresh batch of nearly 2,922 pilgrims left the Bhagwati Nagar base camp Jammu for the cave shrine of Amarnath in south Kashmir on Sunday, an official said.

The 60-day annual pilgrimage commenced from the twin routes of Baltal in Ganderbal and Pahalgam in Islamabad districts on June 28 and till last evening over 1.76 lakh pilgrims have visited the cave shrine.

A convoy of 121 vehicles carrying 2,922 pilgrims, including 725 women and 93 sadhus, left for the twin base camps of Baltal and Pahalgam in the valley, despite early morning rains in parts of Jammu region, an official said.

According to the official, while 1,480 pilgrims are heading for Nunwan base camp along the 36-km Pahalgam track, 1,442 yatris have opted for the shortest 12-km Baltal route.

The pilgrimage is scheduled to conclude on August 26 coinciding with Raksha Bandhan festival.

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