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Amarnath Yatra begins amid tight security after two-year hiatus

After a gap of two years, the Amarnath Yatra began amid tight security arrangements from Pahalgam, Kashmir.

Hundreds of pilgrims made their way up to the cave from the twin routes of Sonamarg and Pahalgam on Day 1 of the yatra on Thursday.

At the first light, hundreds of pilgrims, including sadhus and women, queued up and left the Baltal base camp located at an altitude of 2,743 metres and trekked to an altitude of 3,657 metres to perform darshan at the shrine in central Kashmir. Officials are expecting the highest figure of eight lakh pilgrims this year.

Amarnath Yatra 2022 starts from Pahalgam, Kashmir.
Amarnath Yatra 2022 starts from Pahalgam, Kashmir. Photo courtesy: Pallav Paliwal
Amarnath Yatra 2022 starts from Pahalgam, Kashmir.
Security was beefed up for Amarnath Yatra 2022 in Pahalgam, Kashmir. Photo courtesy: Pallav Paliwal
Base Camp for the Amarnath Yatra 2022 in Kashmir.
Base Camp for the Amarnath Yatra 2022 in Kashmir. Photo courtesy: Pallav Paliwal
Amarnath Yatra 2022 starts from Pahalgam, Kashmir.
An army jawan on lookout on the Amarnath Yatra route. Photo courtesy: Pallav Paliwal
Amarnath Yatra 2022 starts from Pahalgam, Kashmir.
Hundreds of pilgrims, including sadhus and women, queued up and left the Baltal base camp. Photo courtesy: Pallav Paliwal
Amarnath Yatra 2022 starts from Pahalgam, Kashmir.
They trekked to an altitude of 3,657 metres to perform darshan at the shrine in central Kashmir. Photo courtesy: Pallav Paliwal
Amarnath Yatra 2022 starts from Pahalgam, Kashmir.
Many batches of pilgrims opted for the toughest route from Pahalgam, Kashmir. Photo courtesy: Pallav Paliwal
Amarnath Yatra 2022 starts from Pahalgam, Kashmir.
Officials are expecting the highest figure of eight lakh pilgrims this year. Photo courtesy: Pallav Paliwal

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