Fresh batch of pilgrims leave for Amarnath
The batch, comprising 362 men, 153 women, 14 children and 274 sadhus, leave from the base camp of Mam stadium amid tight security, officials said.india Updated: Aug 02, 2007 11:27 IST
Another batch of 803 pilgrims left Jammu on Thursday for the holy cave shrine of Amarnath in south Kashmir Himalayas.
The batch, comprising 362 men, 153 women, 14 children and 274 sadhus, left from the base camp of Mam stadium around 0510 hours amid tight security, officials said.
The pilgrims left in a fleet of 22 vehicles, including 19 buses, they said.
The devotees were expected to reach their respective destinations at Nunwan in Pahalgam and Baltal camps by this evening, they added.
With Thursday's batch, a total of 48,826 pilgrims had left from Jammu to the holy cave since the commencement of yatra on July 2.
Meanwhile, arrangements for smooth conduct of Budha Amarnath yatra, commencing from August 18, have been reviewed in Rajouri and Poonch districts.
The authorities in both border districts are making elaborate arrangements, including transportation, security and shelters for pilgrims enroute to ancient Budha Amarnath temple located in Mandi area of Poonch district, officials said.