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Another batch of 1,703 pilgrims leaves for Baltal

A fresh batch of 1,703 pilgrims left on June 22 for their onward journey to the Amarnath cave shrine in south Kashmir. The batch comprising of 1,185 men, 384 women, 61 children and 73 sadhus left in 53 vehicles, including 40 buses, from the base camp at Bhagwati Nagar here at around 0450 hours amid tight security, officials said.

india Updated: Jun 22, 2009 12:15 IST

A fresh batch of 1,703 pilgrims left on June 22 for their onward journey to the Amarnath cave shrine in south Kashmir.

The batch comprising of 1,185 men, 384 women, 61 children and 73 sadhus left in 53 vehicles, including 40 buses, from the base camp at Bhagwati Nagar here at around 0450 hours amid tight security, officials said.

They will travel through the Baltal route.

With today's batch, a total of 7,793 pilgrims have left Jammu for the Shrine since the beginning of the Yatra on June 15.

The Yatra, which was suspended for initial three days due to bad weather in Kashmir valley, resumed on June 19.

At present, the authorities were allowing only the Baltal route for the annual pilgrimage as the Pahalgam route has not been fully cleared of snow.

As per the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB) officials over 45,000 pilgrims have had darshan of the ice lingum of lord Shiva at 3,888 meters high Amarnath cave shrine in South Kashmir till June 22.