Amarnath Yatra 2024: The first batch of pilgrims left from Jammu amid tight security, know everything about Amarnath Yatra here

Amid tight security, the first batch of Amarnath pilgrims left Jammu for two base camps in Kashmir on Friday, marking the beginning of this year’s pilgrimage. Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha flagged off the first batch of Amarnath Yatra from the Amarnath Yatra base camp in Jammu.As the Amarnath Yatra is set to commence soon, security has been tightened on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway (NH-44) in Udhampur district, especially near the Kali Mata temple in Manthal area of ​​Tikri, the first base camp for the Shri Amarnathji Yatra.

Over 2,000 pilgrims have already reached Bhagwati Nagar Yatri Niwas in Jammu from where they will leave for the base camps at Baltal in north Kashmir and Anantnag in south Kashmir in a well-secured convoy. Over 3,000 tokens have been distributed to pilgrims in the first batch travelling to the two base camps of Pahalgam and Baltal in the Kashmir Valley, officials said.

The base camp is witnessing a good influx of pilgrims. Reports suggest that over 350,000 pilgrims have registered for this year’s yatra. 125 community kitchens (langars) have been set up on both routes to the cave shrine, which are being supported by over 6,000 volunteers.

The 52-day pilgrimage will begin on June 29 via two routes: the 48-km traditional Nunwan-Pahalgam route in Anantnag and the shorter but steeper 14-km Baltal route in Ganderbal. The yatra will conclude on August 19.

A senior official told PTI that the first batch of the yatra will leave for Kashmir from the Jammu base camp in Bhagwati Nagar at 4:00 am on Friday. Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha will flag off the yatra from Yatri Niwas amid tight security arrangements.

Traffic restrictions will be imposed on various routes from June 28 to August 19, with daily advisories issued to minimise inconvenience. Cut-off times have been set for each highway area, which is monitored through CCTV surveillance.

On Thursday, the administration started on-the-spot registration for pilgrims coming for the pilgrimage to the Amarnath cave temple. Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha, chairman of the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB), reviewed security and other arrangements at a high-level meeting and visited various base camps in Jammu and Kashmir.

Extensive arrangements, including three-tier security, area domination, extensive route deployment and checkpoints, have been put in place to ensure smooth travel.

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