Jammu: A small batch of 602 pilgrims left Jammu on Thursday to perform the ongoing Amarnath Yatra.
“This is the smallest number of pilgrims leaving Jammu for the yatra so far this year,” officials said.
“They left Bhagwati Nagar Yatri Niwas at 3 a.m. in an escorted convoy of 19 vehicles for the Kashmir Valley.”
So far, over 2.50 lakh pilgrims have performed the yatra since it started on June 29 compared to last year`s 2.30 lakh.
The pilgrims use either the south Kashmir Pahalgam or the north Kashmir Baltal route to reach the cave shrine situated at 3,888 metres above sea-level.
Helicopter services are also available for pilgrims on both routes.
The yatra will conclude on August 7 coinciding with the Raksha Bandhan festival. (Agencies)