A new batch of 2,589 pilgrims left from here on Saturday for their onward journey to cave shrine of Amarnath in south Kashmir Himalayas.

Comprising 1,561 men, 650 women, 43 children and 335 sadhus, the batch left from the base camp at Bagwatinagar here in a fleet of 65 vehicles at 0400 hours on Saturday, officials said.

With today’s batch, as many as 70,867 pilgrims have left from here to pay obeisance of the Ice Lingam at the 3,880 metre high cave shine.

Reports from Srinagar said that over 3.75 lakh pilgrims have so far visited the cave shrine since the commencement of yatra on June 30.