Amarnath yatra to commence on June 11
The Governor also stressed on efforts between agencies and the shrine board for an incident-free yatra.india Updated: May 13, 2006 17:01 IST
The annual pilgrimage to the Himalayan cave shrine of Amarnath in south Kashmir will start from the Baltal and Pahalgham routes simultaneously on June 11 subject to clearance of tracks and weather conditions.
Jammu and Kashmir Governor SK Sinha, who is the chairman of Amarnathji Shrine Board, announced this while addressing a meeting at Pahalgam on Friday.
Terming the yatra as a symbol of 'Kashmir's composite culture', he said that it would be incomplete without the active support of the local people and both pilgrim and traditional tourism had proved a boon to the state's economy.
The Governor also stressed on coordinated efforts between agencies and the shrine board for an incident-free yatra like in the past three years.
Turning to tourism revival, he said that tourist arrivals had gone up from 28,000 in 2002 to over six lakh last year.