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Fresh batch of pilgrims leave base camps for holy cave; 68,500 devotees have paid obeisance so far

A yatra official said that weather is pleasant and yatra is progressing smoothly from both traditional Pahalgam and shortest Baltal tracks.

Meanwhile, 5,124 pilgrims in 226 Heavy and Light Motor Vehicles left Baghwati Nagar, Jammu, base camp for Baltal and Pahalgam base camps under unprecedented security arrangements.

He said a fresh batch of pilgrims, including women, children and sadhus left Nunwan Pahalgam base camp for Chandanwari, the last motorable halting station on traditional track. The pilgrims who had night halt at different stations, including Chandanwari, on traditional route left for next stations on Saturday. 

Helicopter service is also operating normally from both sides.

About 68,000 pilgrims had darshan of the Lord Amarnath since the commencement of the annual pilgrimage from July 1st. The yatra will conclude on August 15.

Meanwhile, majority of the pilgrims who had darshan at the cave shrine are returning via Baltal track. The pilgrims after darshan also left for their homes.

However, some pilgrims are taking time to visit Dal Lake and other tourist places, including Gulmarg, Sonamarg and Pahalgam before leaving for home.

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