A batch of 603 pilgrims on Thursday left the Bhagwati base camp in Jammu for the cave shrine of Amarnath, situated at the height of 3,880 metres in south Kashmir Himalayas, a police official said.
The batch left for Kashmir in the wee hours in a fleet of 16 vehicles under tight security, he said.
However, the number of pilgrims undertaking the yatra has seen a marked dip over the past week due to the early melting of the naturally formed ice- ‘Shivlingam’ at the sanctum sanctorum.
On Wednesday, 1,874 pilgrims paid obeisance at the cave shrine, the police official said.
The 60-day pilgrimage will conclude on August 26, coinciding with the festival of ‘Raksha Bandhan’.