Nearly 3,000 pilgrims left Jammu for cave shrine of Amarnath

Vastavam web: A fresh batch of nearly 3,000 pilgrims left the Bhagwati Nagar base camp here for the cave shrine of Amarnath in south Kashmir Himalayas today, the police said.The 60-day annual pilgrimage commenced from the twin routes of Baltal in Ganderbal and Pahalgam in Anantnag districts on June 28 and till last evening over 1.76 lakh pilgrims have visited the cave shrine.He said the Jammu-Srinagar national highway, the only all weather road linking Kashmir with rest of the country, is open for traffic. According to the official,while 1,480 pilgrims are heading for Nunwan base camp along the 36-km Pahalgam track, 1,442 yatris have opted for the shortest 12-km Baltal route.