The first batch of 1,138 pilgrims left Jammu on Friday for this year’s Amarnath Yatra that begins from Saturday.
State Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh, junior minister Priya Sethi and Lok Sabha member Jugal Kishore flagged off the first batch of pilgrims from Bhagwati Nagar Yatri Niwas in winter capital Jammu at 5 a.m. on Friday.
There are 900 males, 225 females and 13 children in the first batch which left in 13 buses, 24 mini-buses and other modes of public and private conveyance in a convoy guarded by the security forces.
Beginning from Saturday, this year’s 48-day Yatra would end on August 18 coinciding with Shravan Purnima and Raksha Bandhan festivals.
(With Agency Inputs)