Amarnath yatra: Over 2 lakh pilgrims perform pilgrimage in 3 weeks

More than two lakh pilgrims have performed the Amarnath Yatra since the yatra began on June 30.

On Wednesday, another batch of 4,355 pilgrims left Jammu for the Valley on Wednesday.

“Another batch of 4,355 pilgrims left Bhagwati Nagar base camp in Jammu in two escorted convoys for the Valley today (Wednesday). Of these, 1,846 Yatris are going to Baltal and 2,509 are going to Pahalgam base camp,” officials of Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB) that manages the affairs of the annual pilgrimage to Himalayan cave shrine situated 3,888 metres above the sea level said.

Since this year’s pilgrimage started on June 30, 2,07,679 pilgrims have performed the yatra while 13,226 had paid obeisance at the cave shrine on Tuesday.

Those using the Baltal route have to trek 14 km to reach the cave shrine while those using the traditional Pahalgam route have to trek 48 km for 4 days.

Helicopter services are also available on both routes for the pilgrims.