Srinagar : A fresh batch of 528 pilgrims left on Saturday for Amarnath cave in Kashmir, officials said.
The pilgrims, including 128 women and 47 sadhus, left in a convoy of 18 vehicles from the Bhagwati Nagar base camp in Jammu under tight security arrangements, they said.
While 340 pilgrims, including 109 women, headed for Baltal base camp in Ganderbal district to undertake the yatra through the shortest 12-kilometer route, the rest of the 188 pilgrims, including 47 sadhus, opted for the traditional 36-kilometer Pahalgam route.
The 60-day long annual Amarnath Yatra which started on June 28 has been going on smoothly. Till date, 265,759 pilgrims have paid their obeisance at Amarnath cave.
The 60-day Amarnath Yatra will end on August 26, coinciding with the Shravan Purnima festival.