Amarnath yatra on hold due to rains in Kashmir, pilgrims to stay in tents

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Officials announced on loudspeakers at Baltal camp that Amarnath  Yatra pilgrims won’t be allowed to move ahead today due to slippery tracks

 

The Hush Post: Amarnath pilgrimmage was put on hold in Kashmir recently due to incessant rains much to the disappointment of yatris who had gathered since Wednesday.

Nearly 3,000 yatris, who had arrived at yatra base camps in central Kashmir’s Baltal and south Kashmir’s Pahalgam from Jammu, have been asked to stay put in their tents, said a report.

“All the yatris are requested not to queue up outside the gate. They won’t be allowed to move ahead today as the track has become slippery due to rains, officials announced on loudspeakers at Baltal camp.

An official manning joint control room at Pahalgam said the yatra from that side had been put on hold till rains stopped and tracks became walkable, it was reported.

Yatris trek 36 kms up to the treacherous mountainous paths to the cave shrine situated at a height of 12,775 feet from Pahalgam base camp, while from Baltal side, the route is shorter but vertical and yatris have to trek for just 14 kms.

Rains started lashing the two base camps since Wednesday when yatris started trickling in at the two sites.

Umang Narula, chief executive officer of Shri Amarnath Shrine Board which is managing the yatra, said the first batch of 2995 yatris left in 113 vehicles in two separate convoys for Baltal and Nunwan (Pahalgam) base camps to ease the movement of traffic. They reached their destinations late on Wednesday evening, it was reported.

Even before the convoys reached Kashmir, hundreds of yatris had already arrived at the base camps.

 

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