Amarnath Yatra: Fresh batch of 528 pilgrims leaves from Jammu; 2.7 lakh pilgrims have paid obeisance so far
A fresh batch of 528 pilgrims left on Saturday for the cave shrine of Amarnath in south Kashmir Himalayas, officials said.
Jammu: A fresh batch of 528 pilgrims left on Saturday for the cave shrine of Amarnath in south Kashmir Himalayas, officials said.
The pilgrims, including 128 women and 47 sadhus, left in a convoy of 18 vehicles from the Bhagwati Nagar base camp in Jammu under tight security arrangements, they said.
While 340 pilgrims, including 109 women, headed for Baltal base camp in Ganderbal district to undertake the yatra through the shortest 12-kilometre route, the rest of the 188 pilgrims, including 47 sadhus, opted for the traditional 36-kilometre Pahalgam route.
They would reach the twin base camps of Baltal and Nunwan-Pahalgam later in the day and are likely to undertake the yatra on Sunday, the officials said.
The 60-day annual yatra commenced from the twin tracks on 28 June and will coincide with 'Raksha Bandhan' festival.
Till Friday, a total of 2,69,759 pilgrims had paid obeisance at the 3,880-metre high holy cave shrine.
Shakoor Rather's debut novel is a welcome step away from the absence of the voice of the ordinary in Kashmiri discourse
Life in the Clock Tower Valley is the narrative of common Kashmiri citizens who are caught up in situations bigger than themselves.
Meagre wages for Kashmiri Pashmina artisans, rise of machines push ancient handicraft to edge of extinction
Before India’s economic liberalisation in 1991, the traditional yinder gave women of Kashmir economic independence. It was in almost every household
COVID-19 vaccine shortages hit Kashmir Valley but inoculation drive on track in BJP-dominated plains
In Kashmir, the supplies are now running dry at nearly all the health centres in the last few days and none got vaccinated in most of the districts including the capital Srinagar