The annual Amarnath Yatra began on Saturday with the first batch of pilgrims setting out from the base camp in Baltal for the cave shrine in the south Kashmir Himalayas.
Baltal, in central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district, is one of the twin routes for the annual pilgrimage. The other one is the Pahalgam route in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district.
The pilgrims will undertake a 12-km journey from the base camp to the holy cave shrine located at an altitude of about 13,000 feet.
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