Yatra going on smoothly; 1.5 lakh pilgrims visit in 11 days

The annual Amarnath yatra which commenced on July 1 is going on smoothly from both Pahalgam and Baltal routes.

Nearly 1.50 lakh pilgrims have so far performed darshan inside the cave shrine, housing the naturally formed ice-shivalingam, since the commencement of the 46-day yatra.

Deputy commissioner Ganderbal Hashmat Ali Khan told Greater Kashmir, “The yatra is going on smoothly. Weather has remained favourable so far.”

Police said on Thursday another batch of 5,486 Yatris left Bhagwati Nagar Yatri Niwas in two escorted convoys for the Valley today.

“Of these, 2,129 Yatris are going to Baltal base camp while 3,357 are going to Pahalgam base camp,” police said.

Pilgrims approach the cave shrine either from the shorter 14-Kms long Baltal trek or through the longer 45-Kms long Pahalgam trek.

Helicopter services are also available for pilgrims at both the base camps.

The meteorological department in its weather advisory has predicted light rainfall with thunderstorm along both baltal and pahalgam routes to holy cave.