Amarnath Yatra: Fresh batch of 782 pilgrims begin their journey
A fresh batch of 782 pilgrims today left for the cave shrine of Amarnath in south Kashmir Himalayas, officials said. The 60-day yatra commenced from the twin routes of Pahalgam in Anantnag district and Baltal in Ganderbal district of Jammu and Kasmir on June 28. Till yesterday, a total of 2.49 lakh pilgrims had paid their obeisance at the 3,880m high holy cave shrine.
Yatra will conclude on the day of Raksha Bandhan
The pilgrims left in a convoy of 26 vehicles under tight security arrangements and are expected to reach the twin base camps of Nunwan in Pahalgam and Baltal later in the day. Over the past week, the number of pilgrims joining the yatra has marked a sharp dip. The yatra is scheduled to conclude on August 26, coinciding with the "Raksha Bandhan" festival.