The yatra entered its final phase after ‘Chhari Mubarak’, being carried by a group of seers.

Jammu : The last batch of 89 pilgrims today left for the cave shrine of Amarnath from here to join the annual yatra which entered its last phase, officials said. The shrine is located at an altitude of 3,880-metre in south Kashmir Himalayas.

“All the pilgrims present at the Bhagwati camp left in four vehicles amid tight security. They safely crossed the Jawahar Tunnel -– the gateway to Kashmir –- along the Srinagar-Jammu national highway around noon,” the officials said. The pilgrim group included 15 women and 37 seers.

While 56 pilgrims opted for the traditional 42-km Pahalgam route in Anantnag district, 33 others will join the yatra through the shorter 16-km Baltal route in Ganderbal district, according to officials connected with the logistics.

The yatra which began on June 29 from the twin routes recorded a footfall of 2,58,414 pilgrims who paid their obeisance at the naturally formed ice-shivlingam till last evening.