Srinagar: More than 17, 000 fresh batches of Amarnath pilgrims were allowed to proceed from traditional Pahalgam side and shortest route of Baltal in Ganderbal on Sunday while 1.80 lakh devotees paid obeisance at the cave shrine so far, officials said.
They said 1.80 lakh pilgrims paid obeisance at the Cave shrine so far since the Amarnath Yatra commenced on June 30 including 4, 437 yatries who offered obeisance till 11 am Sunday.
They said fresh batch of yatries were allowed to proceed from the traditional Nunwan Pahalgam base camp in south Kashmir and shortest Baltal via Dumail in Ganderbal district today in dry and clear weather conditions.
As many as 8,721 pilgrims including 2,600 women, 24 Sadhus and 142 Children proceed from Baltal via Domail to undertake the trek to the cave shrine of Amarnath.
519 pilgrims were also airlifted by chopper from Baltal base camp to Amarnath cave shrine for paying obeisance there till 11 AM on Sunday.
More than 8,000 fresh batches of yatries were also allowed to proceed from Traditional Nunwan base camp in Pahalgam and at halting points of Chandanwari and Panjtarni in south Kashmir Sunday.
Kashmir weather, an independent weather observatory forecast weather may turn cloudy from Pahalgam to Amarnath Cave with possibility of rain showers, especially around afternoon, at Pahalgam, Chandanwari, Zojibal, M G Top, Sheshnag, Poshpatri, Panchtarni, Sangam and Holy Cave.
Similar weather conditions may also occur from Baltal to Holy Cave with possibility of rain showers, especially around afternoon, at Baltal, Dumail, Brarimarg, Sangam and Holy Cave.