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S Jaishankar flags off first batch of pilgrims for Kailash Mansarovar Yatra

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Dr S on Tuesday flagged-off the first batch of pilgrims for this year's Kailash

While addressing a gathering on this occasion, also thanked the for promoting people to people exchange through their support of this

"I would like to recognise the support extended by the in organising the yatra, it's an important step towards promoting people to people exchanges," said

The organises the annual via two different routes - and Nathu La Pass (Sikkim). Thousands of devotees participate in the Yatra through a treacherous route that crosses territorial boundaries of India, and

According to the schedule this year, 18 batches will trek across the Lipulekh pass in Uttarakhand while 10 other batches will go via the Nathula route to Each batch comprises 50 people.

While the Liplekh route passes through a very mountainous area, the fully motorable Nathu La route that opened a few years ago requires minimum walking and will, therefore, help senior citizens participating in the yatra.

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First Published: Tue, June 11 2019. 12:42 IST