Jammu: After two years, the first batch of 4,890 Amarnath pilgrims was flagged off on early Wednesday by Jammu and Kashmir Lt Governor Manoj Sinha.
The batch left for the cave shrine from Jammu Yatri Niwas.
The pilgrimage was canceled midway in 2019 in view of law and problems before the revocation of Article 370 on August 5, 2019, and in 2020-21 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
As per official figures, for Baltal, 1,140 pilgrims left the base camp in 52 vehicles. For Pahalgam, 3,750 passengers left the base camp in 124 vehicles.
Lt Governor Sinha on Tuesday e-inaugurated the Yatri Niwas facility at Ramban from Jammu.
He observed that the picturesque Yatri Niwas spread over 23 canals was an important step in the journey of Baba Barfani.
The 43-day Amarnath Yatra will conclude on August 11.
“There is a lot of enthusiasm in the people of the Jammu region and in Kashmir too. I see the local people are also ready to welcome the visiting pilgrims,” said Sinha.