Jammu (Jammu & Kashmir), June 27, 2018 - The first batch of about 3000 pilgrims left today, the Jammu base Camp, for the annual pilgrimage to the Holy Cave Shrine of Shri Amarnathji in south Kashmir Himalayas amid tight security. The pilgrims are expected to reach the base camps in Kashmir today evening.
Advisors to the Governor flagged off a fleet of vehicles carrying the pilgrims from Jammu early morning. The Jammu & Kashmir state administration has put all the necessary arrangements to ensure a peaceful and smooth Shri Amarnathji Yatra 2018. Shri Amarnathji Yatra 2018 will commence in Kashmir tomorrow when these pilgrims start their onward journey to Holy Cave Shrine of Shri Amarnathji tomorrow from Pahalgam as well as Baltal.
Shri Amarnathji Yatra 2018 is expected to conclude on August 26 2018 coinciding with the ‘Raksha Bandhan’ festival.
The pilgrims were seem very enthusiastic about Shri Amarnathji Yatra 2018 and expressed satisfaction over arrangements made by the Jammu & Kashmir Government.
According to officials over two lakh pilgrims have so far registered for the Shri Amarnathji Yatra 2018.
The government is for the first time using radio frequency (RF) tags to track Shri Amarnath-bound vehicles, while the CRPF has introduced motorcycle squads with cameras and various life-saving equipments.
Around 40,000 security personnel from Jammu and Kashmir Police, Paramilitary, National Disaster Response Force and the Indian Army have been deployed for this year’s pilgrimage in Jammu & Kashmir.
As per the carrying capacity of the existing tracks and other available infrastructure in the pilgrimage area, the Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board has decided to allow 7, 500 pilgrims on each route daily. This will exclude pilgrims travelling by helicopter.