A fresh batch of 2986 Amarnath yatris left the base camp in Jammu for cave shrine in Kashmir Himalayas on Saturday, said an official.
He said that 1075 yatris left Bhagwati Nagar base camp at 2:30 am in 43 vehicles for Baltal route while 1973 yatris left for Pahalgam route at 3:35 am in 69 vehicles.
“However, a bus headed for Baltal developed a snag at Nagrota due to which 62 yatries had to return to the base camp,” said the official.
A Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB) official said over 1,65,000 pilgrims have so far performed the pilgrimage that started on June 28.
The Muslim community living along the pilgrimage route in their centuries-old tradition continue to support the pilgrim by acting as helpers, ‘ponywallahs’ or even setting up roadside tea-stalls.
The Yatra will end on August 26 coinciding with Shravan Purnima festival.