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Updated On : 28 Jun 2013,04:47 PM
The annual Amarnath Yatra began on Friday amid tight security, with pilgrims from both Balta land Pahalgam base camps starting their journey for the 3880-metre-high cave shrine in south Kashmir Himalayas.
Amidst chants of 'Bam Bam Bole', the first batch of pilgrims started on the arduous 45-km trek from traditional Pahalgam route, and 13-km from Baltal simultaneously, in the wee hours today, official sources said.
Heightened security measures have been put in place for the 55-day Yatra following intelligence inputs that militants might attempt to target the pilgrimage, sources said.