Annual Amarnath Yatra suspended from Baltal route due to overnight rain

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The annual Amarnath Yatra through Baltal route was suspended today due to slippery track following overnight rain, while the pilgrimage via traditional Pahalgam route is progressing smoothly.

Officials said, no yatri was allowed to move towards the cave shrine this morning from Baltal. However, a fresh batch of pilgrims, including women and sadhus, left Nunwan Pahalgam base camp for first halting station at Chandanwari on the traditional track.

The yatris, who had night halt at Chandanwari, also left for next station early this morning.

Meanwhile, a fresh batch of 1,282 yatris, including women and sadhus, left Bhagwati Nagar base camp in Jammu for Kashmir valley early this morning amidst security.

The 60-day yatra began on the twin routes of Baltal and Pahalgam on June 28 and is scheduled to conclude on August 26, coinciding with Raksha Bandhan.

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