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Amarnath Yatra suspended citing terror threats, govt asks tourists, yatris to leave Kashmir immediately

An order issued Friday by Principal Secretary Home, Shaleen Kabra advised the tourists and Amarnath yatris in the state to “curtail their stay in the valley immediately and take necessary measures to return as soon as possible.”

Explained: Why Air India has capped fares on Srinagar-Delhi flights to under Rs 7000

The advisory by Jammu and Kashmir government asking tourists to leave the valley area has created a sudden spurt in sale of flight tickets out of Srinagar. 


Pakistani terrorists tried to attack Amarnath Yatra, sniper rifle found on route: Army

Displaying pictures of a land mine bearing a Pakistan stamp, Srinagar-based Chinar Corps Commander Lt General K J S Dhillon said combined teams of the Army, CRPF and Jammu and Kashmir Police have been carrying out searches for the last few days.

Amarnath Yatra: Air India caps fares to and from Srinagar at Rs 7,000 after terror alert

"In view of the prevailing circumstances, Air India has decided to cap the fare at Rs 9,500 for all Air India flights to and from Srinagar till 15th August," the airline announced.

Explained: Govt suspends Jammu and Kashmir’s Machail Yatra - what is this pilgrimage

While the Amarnath Yatra is perhaps more widely known, the Machail Yatra too is an important event that draws tens of thousands of pilgrims from all over the country every year.

Global travel alerts, Opposition urges caution: Valley still grapples with what next

However, Governor Malik said there was no need to panic as the deployment of additional paramilitary forces was purely for security reasons.


J-K: 6,000 flown out of Srinagar, 22 flights today

Fares for scheduled flights out of Srinagar on Saturday skyrocketed shortly after the advisory was issued. The spot fares for a Srinagar-Delhi flight on Friday evening remained between Rs 7,000 and Rs 8,000; it went up to Rs 16,000-Rs 17,000 for Saturday.

Congress cautions govt against ‘misadventure’ in J&K

Addressing the media on the situation of uncertainty and panic in the Valley, top Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad, P Chidambaram, Ambika Soni, Anand Sharma and Karan Singh accused the BJP-led NDA government of spreading panic.

J-K: Pilgrims, tourists head out, others on edge at Amarnath Yatra

With apprehensions of a curfew being imposed allayed for another day, tourists checked tickets online or asked others to join them to take the road out of Kashmir.

Machail Yatra suspended, more forces deployed in Jammu areas

Machail yatra in Kishtwar’s Paddar area had started last month and it was to continue till September 5. The chopper service from Kishtwar to Machail too has been suspended, sources added.

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With troops all over, tourists, out-station students leave for home as panic grips Kashmir Valley

Following the cancellation of the Amarnath Yatra, the J&K administration Saturday also suspended the annual Machail Mata pilgrimage in hilly the Kishtwar’s Paddar area adjoining Kashmir Valley.

Culture on cruise: Experience Kashmir through shikara ride on Dal Lake

Tourists enjoy a Shikara ride in the waters of Dal Lake in Srinagar. The footfall of tourists visiting Kashmir has decreased due to a spate of militant attacks including a recent attack on Amarnath yatris in which seven yatris were killed and around 20 injured.


Amid tight security arrangements, 59-day Amarnath Yatra begins today

A total of 2,04,508 pilgrims had secured advance registration and 22,104 had purchased helicopter tickets from Baltal and Pahalgam to Panjtarni.

Amarnath Yatra flagged off

The annual pilgrimage to the 3,880 metre high holy cave shrine of Amarnath in south Kashmir Himalayas, commenced on Saturday from Baltal route.

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What it takes to go on the Amarnath Yatra

What it takes to complete the 6-day-long Amarnath Yatra to the cave shrine in the Himalayas. See more: