Fresh batches of pilgrims leave for holy cave, yatra from Jammu remains suspended

Despite forecast for heavy rain, fresh batches of pilgrims left Baltal and Nunwan Pahalgam base camps on Thursday morning for holy Amarnath cave shrine in south Kashmir Himalayas.
Authorities have suspended yatra from Bhagwari Nagar, Jammu to base camps in Kashmir till August 4 due to forecast for heavy rain. Yatra from the winter capital of the state was suspended yesterday also following closure of the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway due to landslides. However, traffic was restored in the evening and highway was also through for normal traffic today also.
A yatra official said that ”Bam Bam Bolay” and ”Har Har Mahadev” rented in the air as fresh batch of pilgrims left Baltal base camp in central Kashmir district of Ganderbal this morning. The pilgrims are likely to reach the cave shrine after covering the hilly distance on foot in the afternoon to pay obeisance. Pilgrims, who were staying in the camps near the shrine after darshan, have also started their return journey to base camp, a yatra official said.