3499 Yatris leave Jammu for ‘holy cave’

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Jammu: A group of 3,499 pilgrims left Jammu on Tuesday for the Amarnath cave in southern Kashmir.

A police official said that the Yatris were escorted convoys of 114 vehicles. A total of 2,262 ‘yatris’ were heading towards the Pahalgam and 1,237 to Baltal base camps.

So far, over 36,000 pilgrims have performed this year’s Amarnath Yatra which started on June 28 and will end on August 26 coinciding with the ‘Shravan Purnima’ festival.

The yatra progress was temporarily halted due to bad weather. It remained suspended for three days before resuming on Sunday after the weather improved.

The Met has forecast cloudy weather on Tuesday along both Baltal and Pahalgam mountain treks leading to the Cave Shrine. Light rain was also expected along the routes.