Srinagar (Jammu & Kashmir), July 2 - The annual Yatra to the Holy Cave Shrine of Shri Amarnathji in south Kashmir Himalayas commenced today from both the Pahalgam and the Baltal route.
Over 8,000 pilgrims left today from two base camps (Pahalgam and Baltal) in Kashmir for the Himalayan Cave Shrine.
Amidst chanting of Bam Bam Bholay and Har Har Mahadev, more than 8,000 pilgrims, including women and sadhus, today left Nunwan Pahalgam and Baltal base camps for holy Amarnath cave shrine to pay obeisance.
About 6,065 pilgrims left the Baltal base camp in Ganderbal district on thursday morning, while another 2,330 left from the Nunwan base camp near Pahalgam to begin their trek towards the Holy Cave Shrine.
The weather was pleasant though sky was cloudy, officials said, adding that all arrangements are in place for smooth and peaceful 59-day-long pilgrimage. Police, paramilitary forces and the army have been deployed to provide security to the pilgrims.
Pilgrims (Yatris), who left Base camps of Pahalgam and Baltal in Kashmir early this morning, will cover the track to reach the Holy Cave situated at 13,500 feet to have the darshan.