Srinagar: A new batch of 233 pilgrims left the base camp on Sunday to join the ongoing Amarnath yatra in south Kashmir Himalayas, officials informed.
“The pilgrims left the Bhagwati Nagar Yatri Niwas here in an escorted convoy of 11 vehicles for the Valley today,” the police said.
They are scheduled to reach the twin base camps of Baltal in Ganderbal district and Nunwan-Pahalgam in Anantnag district later in the day, the officials said.
Two vehicles carrying 93 pilgrims are performing the yatra from the traditional 36-km Pahalgam route, while 140 more pilgrims comprising 106 men and 34 women have opted the shorter 12-km Baltal route.
The 60-day annual yatra started on the twin tracks on June 28 and is scheduled to conclude on August 26 coinciding with the ‘Raksha Bandhan’ festival. Since then, over 2.77 lakh pilgrims have performed the ongoing Amarnath Yatra.
However, the number of pilgrims undertaking the yatra has marked a sharp dip over the past fortnight because of to the early melting of the naturally formed ice-shivling at the scantum sanctorum.
(With inputs from Agencies)