Amid high security, the first batch of pilgrims for the Amarnath Yatra left for the cave shrine early this morning. More than 40,000 security forces personnel have been deployed for the pilgrimage season. 1.6 lakh people from across the country have registered for the yatra that begins today. The first batch of pilgrims had left Jammu for the Kashmir Valley on Sunday. The pilgrimage season that officially opened today, will see people starting their journey from the Pahalgam and the Baltal base camps in the valley.