In a first, govt to promote state culture at Amarnath base camp

AVINAV SHARMA. Updated: 3/16/2019 11:28:17 AM Front Page

JAMMU: Aiming to promote the culture of Jammu and Kashmir, for the first time government is going to organize folk dances and other cultural activities at Bhagwati Nagar base camp for the pilgrims who would arrive here on Shri Amarnath Yatra to pay obeisance at the holy cave shrine.

More than 2.5 lakh national and international pilgrims participate in Amarnath yatra every year.
“This is the first time we are going to organize folk dance and other cultural activities at Base Camp Bhagwati Nagar, where pilgrims stay before initiating pilgrimage,” Director Tourism O P Bhagat told The News Now.

“Amarnath yatra is great occasion to promote Jammu and Kashmir tourism nationally and internationally. According to our proposed plan, during 46 day long yatra, we will regularly organize folk dances like Duggar dance, Kud dance, Bacha Nagma Dance, Dumhal Dance and Rouf Dance” he said.
Apart from folk dances, the government will also launch special buses from Bhagwati Nagar base camp. These buses take Amarnath pilgrims to local tourist destinations such as Bahu Fort, Balidan Stambh and Raghunath Temple.

This year Amarnath yatra would commence on 1st July, 2019, an auspicious day of Masik Shivratri as per Hindu calendar and conclude on Shravan Purnima (Raksha Bandhan) on 15th August, 2019. The registration for the 46-day-long yatra would commence on 1st April.

This year, the Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB), headed by Governor Satya Pal Malik has also decided that 7,500 pilgrims, per day on each route, would be allowed to secure advance registration.

In 2018, a total number of 2,85,006 pilgrims visited the holy shrine.

Updated On 3/16/2019 11:29:18 AM

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