At 8.20 pm on 10 July 2017, a bus carrying pligrims undertaking the Amarnath Yatra was attacked by terrorists in Batengoo — leaving eight dead and 13 others, including some policemen, injured.

The incident occurred seven years after a terror attack that left 30 people dead, in the base camp of Pahalgam.

On site, and on social media, there was an outpouring of support for the families of the deceased, and the injured.

Just a day later, pilgrims resumed their journey, with several thousands pouring into the Valley to trek to the Amarnath temple.

At the Baltal camp, for instance, there was the usual hubbub of yatris entering and leaving. Perhaps in fewer numbers, but yatris continued their trek, threat to life notwithstanding — this was just a week after the attack.

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Photographer Javeed Shah spoke with pilgrims who had decided to continue with their journey.

The sentiments they expressed seemed to run on similar lines: That death could occur anywhere, so why not in the home of God? They all had faith not just in divine power, but also the heavy security arrangements — beefed up further after the 10 July attack.

He trained his lens on the pilgrims who had were making their way to the Amarnath Temple, and those who were on the return leg of their journey. He captured the images of the security personnel who had been assigned to watch over them.

Here is a look at what his camera found.


A view from the top, of Baltal Base camp — a pitstop for pilgrims undertaking the Amarnath Yatra. After the terror attack of 10 July that left eight dead and 13 injured, a steady stream of yatris — albeit somewhat fewer in number — has continued with the journey.


A view of the Baltal Base Camp, on the route of the Amarnath Yatra.


The Baltal Base Camp continues to see a steady influx of yatris, despite the terror attack.


Binder Singh and Sudesh Sharma had travelled to the Valley on their motorcycle, all the way from Haryana. "One can die anywhere, but it is better if one dies in the home of bhagwan," Binder said, while Sudesh added the duo "wasn't scared of anything".


They were joined by bikers from other states, at the Baltal Base Camp.


Security forces kept a watchful eye on the proceedings as yatris made their way to the Baltal Base Camp.


The security for the Amarnath Yatra has been beefed up after the 10 July attack.


A look at theheavy security measures in place.


Pandirang Patel from Uttar Pradesh shrugged when asked if he wasn't afraid after the attack. "Life and death is in the hands of god," he said.


Ponies grazed by the Baltal Base Camp.


Sudesh Sharma from Punjab had just reached Baltal after completing the Yatra. He said he was not scared of militants as 'there is lot of security for pilgrims'.


Ponies being transported, at Baltal Camp.


Yatris leaving Baltal Camp after completing their pilgrimage.


Yatris leaving Baltal Camp after completing their yatra.


Yatris leaving Baltal Camp after completing their yatra.


Yatris leaving Baltal Camp after completing their yatra.


Promod Kumar from Ghaziabad (in the yellow shirt) was travelling with his family and friends. The group said they had left their safety in the hands of god — and had faith in the security arrangements


Promod Kumar is among the pilgrims continuing with the Amarnath Yatra after the terror attack of 10 July.


Pilgrim Manoj Kumar Yadaw also didn't seem to be too apprehensive about the threat. He had completed his yatra safely and was going back home. "The Muslims in the Valley are good people," he said. "Everyone here is so good."


"People die everywhere. Death is inevitable," said Vijay Kumar, who was returning to his home in Amritsar having finished the Yatra. He has been undertaking the Amarnath Yatra for the past 17 years and said no one could harm him.


Mohd Shahid Khatana, a pony-wallah from Rajori said this was one of the worst seasons of the Amarnath Yatra, in terms of business. Khatana rents his pony to yatris.


Javaid Rather from Khagh Budgam district, said he was very disappointed that there was such little work to be had, on account of the terror threat.


Taxi driver Javaid Rishi also said that there had been little work this year, because of the terror attack.


Security for pilgrims has been beefed-up after the 10 July attack.


Security for pilgrims has been beefed-up after the 10 July attack.


Security for pilgrims has been beefed-up after the 10 July attack.


Security check slips were pasted on the sides of Yatra buses at Baltal, and pilgrims were ferried in them, to and from Jammu, under heavy guard. The pilgrims queued up patiently for bus tickets, under the watchful eyes of the security personnel.


Azad Singh from Sonipat was waiting for a bus ticket at Baltal Base Camp.


Pilgrims queue up for bus tickets.


Ram Prakash from Uttar Pradesh said he is not scared of militant attacks. He said, "I believe in God's mercy."

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