One encouraging development in the last nearly 14 years has been that the militants have avoided attacks on the Amarnath Yatra although there have been instances when vehicles carrying the pilgrims occasionally got caught in stone pelting incidents.
Some pilgrims also said the presence of a large number of troopers and personnel was reassuring.
To review situation and take stock of all the security bandobast, Rajnath Singh, Union Home Minister is arriving the state on two day visit.
Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB) chaired by the Governor, J&K has issued the following Do's and Don'ts for the pilgrims.
The 48-day pilgrimage to the holy shrine, located at an altitude of more than 3,880 metres, through the two routes of Baltal and Pahalgam is expected to be taken by about 400,000 visitors. The first halting station is at a distance of 2 km at Domail, Brari Marg and Sangam before the pilgrims can have the darshan of the self-made ice Shivlingam at the shrine.
Rajnath Singh will hold a strategic security review meeting with particular reference to Amarnath Yatra, 2016 at Raj Bhawan, Srinagar, read a government statement.
Top civil administration and security officials of the state were also present in the meeting, officials said.
The last attack by militants on the Amarnath Yatra happened on August 6, 2002.
Officials said over 12000 pilgrims left the base camps at Nunwan along Pahalgam route and Baltal in the wee hours today amidst chanting of religious hymns and slogans. "This would ensure against any avoidable inconvenience to them". "Jai Baba Bholenath!", he tweeted after visiting the shrine. "The yatris need to strictly adhere to these Do's and Don'ts as they have to undertake an arduous trek through high mountain ranges under adverse weather conditions".