Jammu: Second batch of annual Amarnath Yatra pilgrims on Friday left Jammu city for the Himalayan cave shrine in South Kashmir’s Anantnag district.
“Second batch of 2887 Amarnath Yatra pilgrims left Bhagwati Nagar Yatra Niwas in Jammu in a convoy for the Valley,” a senior official of the district administration told IANS here.
The two-month long Hindu pilgrimage to the Himalayan Cave Shrine situated 14,500 feet above the sea level started on Thursday.
It will end on August 29 coinciding with Shravan Purnima and Raksha Bandhan festivals.
Over 8000 Yatris had “Darshan” inside the cave shrine on Thursday. The pilgrims reach the cave shrine through the North Kashmir Baltal and South Kashmir Pahalgam routes.
State Governor N.N. Vohra and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh paid obeisance and prayed for peace and prosperity of the country at the cave shrine on Thursday during the traditional “Pratham Puja” that heralds the beginning of the annual Yatra.
The cave shrine houses an ice stalagmite structure that waxes and wanes with the phases of the Moon.
Devotees believe that the ice stalagmite structure called the “Lingam” symbolized mythical powers of Lord Shiva. (IANS)
A survey was conducted recently by the travel portal in which more than 1500 people participated from across India
The survey shows that Indians favor traveling in the Monsoon seasons
August 20, 2017: India’s famous online travel portal Yatra had recently conducted a survey which received 1500 responded from different parts of the country.
The survey was an extensive questionnaire that shows that there has been a changing pattern. The rainy season, which was once an obstruction, is now the favored season for traveling according to many Indians.
47.2% of the responses favored one to five days of getaway, when it comes to the duration of the travel. Close enough, 45.2% were alright with 5-15 days. But longer holidays of more than 15 days was preferred by only 6.9% of the respondents. Thus, short plans are most suited for the Indians.
When it comes to the most popular destinations for travel, Munnar, Goa, the northeast states and Andaman islands were top spots. While 47.1% of the responses wished hill stations as their favored spot, 31.4% wanted the beach to be included in their plans. 72.8% of the people want to travel within India.
But it is the luxury segment of travel that has taken a back seat, partly due to the GST hikes in various places. 18% of the responses would have the budget of about Rs. 50,000 while 17% would want to spend less than Rs. 10,000.
A hotel accommodation worth Rs. 2,500-5,000 was most preferred by 43.5% where as 12.3% considered rooms between Rs. 5,000-7,500.
Finally, it was also noted that paying out the travel expenses through credit cards was favored by 62.2% of the responses in contrast to 16.7% who use debit cards and 9.6% who would turn to cash.
– Prepared by Saksham Narula of NewsGram. Twitter @Saksham2394
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