Amarnath Yatra all set to begin on June 30, 1700 tents set up at Baltal base camp  

The building of tents at the Baltal base camp is about to come to an end. Just three days are left for the commencement of the Amarnath Yatra 2022.

The first group of Amarnath pilgrims departs from Jammu’s Bhagwati Nagar base camp. The yatra was earlier scheduled to begin from June 29 but now it will begin on June 30.

Camp Director NS Jamwal said, “Baltal holds about 1,200 tents already. Numbers are now being increased by 500 with help of the army, district administration & shrine board. Each of these tents can house 10 people. This generates a lot of employment opportunities for locals.”

For the forthcoming Amarnath yatra, which will start on Thursday after a two-year hiatus, hundreds of tents are nearly completed. The pilgrimage to the cave shrine in the high mountains of south Kashmir is expected to draw almost three lakh people.

The annual Amarnath pilgrimage had been cancelled by the Jammu and Kashmir administration in 2020 and 2021 as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 scenario. For the first time, the Amarnath Yatra was cancelled in 2019 a few days before Article 370 was repealed, and Jammu and Kashmir was removed from 35A, with all travellers being urged to return as soon as possible.

But this year, everything is in order, and the government has made all necessary preparations, including providing pilgrims with tent facilities. Locals have a long-standing custom of always providing pilgrims with tent accommodations.

The Amarnath yatra is equivalent to a Mahotsav since it benefits the locals in the Kashmir valley. The yatra has helped hundreds of individuals, including pony riders, store owners, and operators of tenting businesses, to make a living.

The Amarnath shrine pilgrimage to the 3,880-meter-high cave shrine of Lord Shiva, located in the upper reaches of the Himalayas.