Jammu: A small batch of 122 pilgrims today left for the Amarnath cave shrine in south Kashmir Himalayas from here.

A convoy of four vehicles carrying the 40th batch of pilgrims, including 79 men and 13 women left from the Bhagwati Nagar base camp in Jammu at 4:52 AM, police said.

The convoy has already crossed Patnitop on Jammu- Srinagar National Highway and would reach their destinations at Baltal and Pahalgam base camps by this evening, they said.

With today’s batch, a total of 54,032 pilgrims have left Jammu base camp for Amarnath so far.

Meanwhile, another batch of 227 pilgrims left for Budha Amarnath shrine in Poonch district in a cavalcade of six vehicles from Bhagwati Nagar Base camp in Jammu city.

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