Jammu: Over 2.60 lakh pilgrims have paid obeisance at the 3,888 metre high Amarnath cave shrine in south Kashmir Himalayas, officials said here Tuesday.
"The yatra is going on smoothly and incident free. Over 2.60 lakh pilgrims have had darshan of naturally formed Ice Lingum of Lord Shiva till today," they said.
All arrangements, including security, are in place for smooth yatra via twin tracks from Pahalgam-Amarnath and Baltal-Amarnath, they said.
Over 10,036 pilgrims are enroute the cave shrine via two tracks from Pahalgam and Baltal, they said.
While, a new batch of 2,358 pilgrims left here for twin base camps of Pahalgam and Baltal in Kashmir for their onward journey to Amarnath amid inclement weather conditions and heavy rains, police said.
A total 2,358 pilgrims, including 1,477 men, 603 women, 224 sadhus and 54 children, proceeded towards Nunwan (in Pahalgam) and Baltal in the Valley under tight security
cover around 0400 hours from Bagwati Nagar camp here.
Escorted by a security vehicle, a convoy of 66 vehicles, including 28 State Road Transport Corporation (SRTC) buses, 21 private buses and 17 Light Motor Vehicles left for Amarnath and has crossed Chanderkote (Ramban), they said.
With today`s batch, as many as 54,607 pilgrims have left from here so far to the cave shrine since the commencement of yatra on June 30.