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43-day annual Amarnath yatra in J&K to commence from June 30

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The Amarnath Yatra will begin on June 30 after a two-year hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic and end on August 11.

The pilgrimage to the Himalayan shrine of Amarnath, located at a height of 3,880 metres in south Kashmir will start on June 30 after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 43-day yatra (pilgrimage) will end on August 11, shrine authorities said on Sunday.

The decision on the schedule of the pilgrimage was taken at the 41st meeting of the Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB) chaired by Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha at the Raj Bhavan here, an official spokesman said.

The pilgrimage to the cave shrine will start simultaneously from both the routes, the Pahalgam track in Anantnag district and the Baltal track in Ganderbal district, while online registration will start from April 11.

The annual yatra to the shrine was cancelled midway in 2019 ahead of the abrogation of Article 370 in August that year, while only a symbolic yatra was observed during the past two years due to the outbreak of COVID-19.

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