According to official sources, the devotees, including 362 women and 41 children, left in a convoy of 48 vehicles. They were escorted by a group of CRPF personnel. A total of 39,813 pilgrims have so far left the shrine. The first batch left on June 17. The pilgrimage ends on August 16. Security forces have been put on a high alert along the entire route of the pilgrimage to ensure the safety of the pilgrims.
The security setup consists of area domination and setting up of mountain posts by Army, deployments of CRPF and mobile patrolling by armed police.
Every year, a large number of devotees trek the steep, slippery 48-kilometres route to reach the Amarnath cave shrine, which stands at a height of nearly 12,500 feet above sea level.