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The 22nd group of around 3,800 pilgrims to Amarnath departs Jammu for the cave shrine

<p>According to authorities, the 22nd group of 3,898 pilgrims embarked for the Amarnath Yatra on Monday under heavy security and headed towards the twin base camps of the cave shrine in the south Kashmir Himalayas.<img decoding=”async” loading=”lazy” class=”alignnone wp-image-92747″ src=”” alt=”” width=”1485″ height=”1112″ srcset=” 259w,×112.jpg 150w” sizes=”(max-width: 1485px) 100vw, 1485px” /></p>
<p>Since the annual pilgrimage from the twin tracks of Pahalgam in Anantnag and Baltal in Ganderbal districts began on July 1, more than 3.25 lakh people have so far paid homage at the cave shrine situated at a height of 3,888 meters.</p>
<p>3,898 pilgrims in all — 2,898 men, 898 women, 90 sages, and 12 children — departed from the Bhagwati Nagar Yatri Niwas in this city early this morning in a convoy of 149 cars under the tight guard of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), according to the authorities.</p>
<p>They said that a first convoy of 1,292 pilgrims traveling to Baltal in 50 cars left the Bhagwati Nagar camp first, followed by a second convoy of 2,606 pilgrims traveling to Pahalgam in 99 vehicles.</p>
<p>Since June 29, when Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha sent off the first batch of pilgrims, more than 1.2 lakh people have already departed the Bhagwati Nagar camp for the Amarnath Yatra.</p>

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