JAMMU: First batch of 1,282 Amarnath pilgrims was today flagged off by Jammu and Kashmir Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh from Yatri Niwas base camp here.
A batch of 1,282 pilgrims, comprising 900 males, 225 females, 13 children, 144 male sadhus and a sadhvi this morning left for the Kashmir Valley.
Dr Singh signalled green to the first bus, which left the base camp at 0505 hrs while the last vehicle left at 0525 hrs. Total 33 vehicles, including 3 SRTC, six light motor vehicles and 27 other vehicles, proceeded towards the Srinagar.
The batch will be flagged off tomorrow from Srinagar for the cave shrine. (Agencies)