Jammu and Kashmir: Fresh batch of over 2600 pilgrims leave for Amarnath Yatra

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A fresh batch of 2,617 pilgrims on Thursday left the base camp to undertake the annual yatra to the Amarnath shrine in South Kashmir Himalayas.

The pilgrims left in in the early hours in a group of 81 vehicles under tight security and would be reaching the twin base camps of Baltal in Ganderbal and Pahalgam in Anantnag districts later in the day, the officials said.

1,830 pilgrims from the latest batch of 2617 are performing the yatra from the traditional 36 km Pahalgam track, while 787 have chosen the shorter 12 km Baltal route. 

The 60-day yatra commenced from the twin routes in the valley on June 28 and is scheduled to conclude on August 26.