Amarnath Yatra from Jammu resumes after weather conditions improve
After remaining suspended for a day due to inclement weather, the Amarnath Yatra resumed from Jammu today, as the fourth batch of 6,877 pilgrims left for the twin base camps in Kashmir, officials said. The pilgrims, including 1,429 women and 250 sadhus, left the Bhagwati Nagar base camp in the morning for Nunwan-Pahalgam and Baltal base camps in 229 vehicles under tight security arrangements.
Water level in Jhelum receding; Jammu-Srinagar highway traffic restored
Amarnath Yatra from Jammu was allowed to resume after traffic on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway was restored. Traffic on the highway was suspended yesterday as a precautionary measure due to the threat of floods in the Valley. As the water level in the Jhelum river started receding, authorities decided to allow the pilgrims from the Bhagwati Nagar base camp to join the yatra.
The fourth batch of Amarnath Yatra
Among the fourth batch, 4,087 pilgrims have preferred the 36km traditional Pahalgam track in Anantnag district, while others have opted the shorter 12km Baltal route in Ganderbal district.
Yatra pilgrims frequently facing disruptions due to incessant rains
The 60-day Amarnath Yatra is scheduled to conclude on August 26 coinciding with the "Raksha Bandhan" festival. Despite the incessant rains, the pilgrimage to the 3,880-meter high cave shrine of Amarnath in the south Kashmir Himalayas commenced on June 28 after several hours of delay. The Yatra pilgrims have, however, faced frequent disruptions owing to the continuous rainfall.