Thursday, 15 August 2013

Amarnath Yatra 2013 (Heavy rains)

The ongoing pilgrimage to the cave shrine of amarnath in south kashmir himalayas was on Tuesday suspended from Pahalgam and Baltal base camps as heavy rains lashed wide parts of the valley, officials said here.

" Heavy rains rendered the twin tracks leading to the cave shrine from Pahalgam in Anantnag district and Baltal in Ganderbal district unsafe, prompting the authorities to suspend the yatra around 1 pm"

Several hundred pilgrims who had left for the cave shrine from the base camps of Nunwan along the 45 km traditional Pahalgam route and the shorter 16 km Baltal route have reached different camp sites and are safe.

The pilgrims have been directed to stay back at the camps till further orders.

The authorities are monitoring the weather at an hourly basis and a decision to resume the yatra will be taken once the rains stop and the tracks are safe for movement of the people, they added.

The yatra commenced on June 28 and is scheduled to end on August 21.