The batch, including 1,617 men, 684 women, 31 children and 147 sadhus, left in a convoy of 78 vehicles from Bhagwati Nagar base camp in Jammu around 4:10 am on Monday, police said.

The convoy for the yatra has already crossed Patnitop on Jammu-Srinagar National highway and is expected to reach destinations at Baltal and Pahalgam base camps by this evening, they said.

Including those that left on Monday, as many as 19,231 pilgrims have so far gone onwards from Jammu to the Amarnath shrine.
 
The yatra to the Holy Cave Shrine from the traditional Pahalgam route began on Wednesday and till date over 61,000 yatris have had the darshan of Ice Lingam.

(JPN/Agencies)

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