First batch of Amarnath pilgrims to leave Jammu tomorrow

First batch of Amarnath pilgrims to leave Jammu tomorrow
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Jammu: Amid multi-tier security cover, the first batch of pilgrims for the annual Amarnath Yatra will leave from Jammu’s Bhagwati Nagar base camp tomorrow.

Till now nearly 2 lakh pilgrims from across India have registered themselves for the yatra to the cave shrine in the south Kashmir Himalayas.

The pilgrims, including sadhus, have started arriving in Jammu from various parts of India. The first batch of yatris will leave for the twin base camps of Baltal and Pahalgam in Kashmir, in a fleet of vehicles under tight security in the early hours tomorrow, officials said.

They will reach the base camps of Baltal in Ganderbal and Nunwan-Pahalgam in Anantnag districts in Kashmir later in the day. The pilgrims would start their onward journey to the 3,880 metre high cave shrine by foot, the next day, marking the commencement of the pilgrimage.

The yatra is scheduled to conclude on August 26 coinciding with the ‘Raksha Bandhan’ festival. PTI

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