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Amarnath Yatra proceeds peacefully

Pilgrims left Jammu in 34 buses and 15 light motor vehicles escorted by the security forces

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Publish Date: Jul 6 2016 12:03PM | Updated Date: Jul 6 2016 12:03PM

Amarnath Yatra proceeds peacefully

 Next batch of 1,621 pilgrims left Jammu on Wednesday to perform the Amarnath Yatra which has been proceeding peacefully in the Kashmir Valley.

 
Pilgrims left Jammu in 34 buses and 15 light motor vehicles escorted by the security forces.
 
Over 45,000 have performed the yatra so far using both the north Kashmir Baltal and south Kashmir Pahalgam routes, an official said.
 
From Baltal base camp, the yatris trek 14 Kilometres to reach the cave shrine. 
 
Those using this north Kashmir route return to the base camp the same day after having the 'Darshan'.
 
The traditional Pahalgam route is 46-km long and takes three days for a pilgrim to teach the cave shrine from Nunwan (Pahalgam) base camp.
 
Helicopter services are also available for pilgrims from both the north and the south base camp sites.
 
Due to heightened militant activities this year in the Kashmir Valley, a three-tier security cover manned by the army, the ITBP, the CRPF and the state police has been put in place to secure the Yatra.
 
The 48-day long yatra started on July 2 and will conclude on August 17.