A small batch of 68 pilgrims left Jammu on Saturday for the Amarnath cave shrine in the Kashmir valley, police said.

According to authorities, this is the smallest batch of pilgrims to leave for the ongoing Amarnath Yatra since it began on June 28 this year.

“The pilgrims left Bhagwati Nagar Yatri Niwas here in an escorted convoy of eight vehicles for the Valley today,” said the police.

Over 2.75 lakh pilgrims have performed the Yatra this year. The pilgrimage is slated to end on August 26, coinciding with the Shravan Purnima festival.