Kailash Mansarovar Pilgrims Cross Over To China From Nathu-La

This is also the first batch of pilgrims though the Nathu-La route after the pilgrimage was stopped following the Dokalam standoff last year. India and China had agreed in April to resume the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra through the route.

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Kailash Mansarovar Pilgrims Cross Over To China From Nathu-La

This is the first batch of pilgrims though the Nathu-La route after Doklam standoff (File)


Gangtok:  The first batch of the Kailash Mansarovar pilgrims comprising 31 pilgrims and two liaison officers successfully crossed over to China from the Nathu-La border route in Sikkim today, officials said.

This is also the first batch of pilgrims though the Nathu-La route after the pilgrimage was stopped following the Dokalam standoff last year. India and China had agreed in April to resume the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra through the route.

Minister of State for External Affairs V K Singh had in a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha had said the yatra for 2018 though Nathu-La would take place between June and September.

 The special secretary to tourism and civil aviation department, Namrata Thapa and some other officials were present at Nathu-La during the crossing over of the yatris to China, an information and public relations department release said.

Earlier, the yatris had spent two days at 15th mile at Sherathang in Sikkim for acclimatization.

 They will return here on July 1 after paying obeisance to Lord Shiva at Mount Kailash. They will disperse for their respective destinations from the next day, the release added.

The route via Nathu-La is in addition to the older route via Lipulekh Pass in Uttarakhand, the only route earlier that was badly damaged in the 2013 floods. Both the routes are operational but the new route via Nathu-La is shorter, safer and more comfortable.

 The yatra via Nathu-La began in 2015.


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