Srinagar: The first batch of Haj pilgrims left for Madina Munawarah Tuesday from the Srinagar International Airport, sources said.
Official sources said that as many as 8,100 pilgrims will perform Haj this year, for which the first batch in two flights departed from Srinagar airport to the holy city of Madinah in Saudi Arabia. This process will continue till August 3.
The first Haj flight with 420 pilgrims aboard took off from Srinagar was scheduled to leave at 9 a.m., it got delayed and took off at 10.05 a.m., sources said.
Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and Haj and Auqaf Minister Farooq Andrabi saw off the pilgrims at the Srinagar international airport.
Last year, nearly 6500 people traveled to Haj, but this time the Haj quota for Jammu and Kashmir was increased.
It is compulsory that Muslims must travel to Hajj at least once during their lifetime.