SRINAGAR: The first batch of pilgrims commenced their journey from the Bhagwati Nagar base camp in Jammu towards two base camps in Kashmir on Friday.
The first batch of Yatris was flagged off by the Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha.
An official said that 3488 pilgrims in a convoy of 164 vehicles left for the holy cave from Bhagwati Nagar base camp Jammu. Among them, 1491 pilgrims would proceed towards Baltal and 1997 from Pahalgam.
He said that all security arrangements were in place and a proper mock drill was conducted by security forces, paramilitary forces, police and other sister agencies. The yatra will officially begin on July 1 when thousands of pilgrims will start their trek towards the holy cave shrine from two base camps — Baltal and Pahalgam—(KNO)