Thousands of military and paramilitary police deployed along the route: from the 1990s to the Kashmir struggle with Muslim separatists.
Groups of pilgrims visit the shrine phased in over two months to provide security and logistical reasons. Last year, the government's decision to transfer land to build facilities for pilgrims led to protests and was later canceled. But led to riots and disperse the crowd by security forces, killing at least 50 people, mostly Muslims.
Photos by (AP / Mukhtar Khan)