Jaishankar announces the beginning of Kailash Mansarovar Yatra

NEW DELHI: The Minister of Foreign Affairs, S announced on Tuesday the beginning of the, while affirming that the pilgrimage is an important step towards the promotion of exchanges between people, and the strengthening of friendship and understanding between India and China.

Speaking at an event held at Jawaharlal Nehru Bhawan here, he also shared his personal experience of visiting the shrine when he was appointed ambassador to China.

The minister, announcing the start of the yatra for the Lipulekh route, said the interest in the pilgrimage, which began in 1981, has increased significantly over the years.

Allow me to take this opportunity to record the support and cooperation we have received from many other ministries and agencies, in particular from the state governments of Uttarakhand, Sikkim and Delhi in the successful organization of the yatra, he said.

I would also like to acknowledge the support provided by the government of the People's Republic of China in the organization of the yatra, which is an important step towards the promotion of exchanges between people and the strengthening of friendship and understanding between the two countries, he added. said the minister

For Kailash Mansarovar Yatra 2019, the ministry received 2,996 applications, of which 2,256 were requested by men and 740 by women. Up to 624 older adults had requested the yatra.

For the Lipulekh route (Uttarakhand), there will be 18 lots with 60 pilgrims each and for the route (Sikkim), 10 lots with 50 yatris each. Two liaison officers will assist each group of pilgrims.

The yatra involves trekking at high altitudes of up to 19,500 feet, in inhospitable conditions, even in extreme climatic conditions and steep terrain, and can be dangerous for those who are not in good physical and medical condition.

Jaishankar urged the Yatris to strictly observe safety standards, both for themselves and for their fellow pilgrims. Many pilgrims from the first batch attended the event organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

In addition to the support of the governments of Uttarakhand, Delhi and Sikkim, the yatra is organized with the cooperation of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police.

Kumaon Mandal Vikas Nigam, the Tourism Development Corporation of Sikkim and its partner organizations provide logistical support and facilities for pilgrims in India.