Srinagar, Dec 13 (UNI) The last flight carrying 52 Hajj pilgrims from Jammu and Kashmir left here today for Jeddah to join lakhs of pilgrims who had gathered at holy cities of Mecca and Madina from across the world to perform the haj, one of the five pillars of Islam.
Two women pilgrims from the state have died at Madina.
Officials said a special flight left Jeddah from Srinagar airport today with 52 pilgrims.
The hajj fights from the state started from November 11 when the pilgrims were seen off by Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad at the airport.
A number of flights were cancelled because of fog and poor visibility. However, authorities made arrangements for additional flights to take the pilgrims to Jeddah.
An official spokesman said first batch of hajj pilgrims from Jeddah will arrive here on December 25.
He said as per the schedule there will be only one flight from Jeddah to Sriangar daily till January 11. However, from next day two flights will operate to bring back the state pilgrims from Jeddah.
He said as the Sriangar-Leh National Highway is closed due to snowfall, special service has been sought from the Air Force to lift the pilgrims of these areas.
Two women pilgrims from Jammu and Kashmir, Raja Begum (70) and Khateja Begum (60), have died at Madina due to cardic arrest.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said the Hajj aspirants from Jammu region would make arrangement for their direct flight to Jeddah from Udhampur from next year.
He regretted that it was too late to make alternative arrangement for them this year.