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First batch of Kailash Manasarovar Yatra flagged off, around 1500 pilgrims this year

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The first batch of Kailash Manasarovar Yatra-2018 was today flagged off here by of state for External Affairs VK Singh, who hoped the pilgrimage passing through difficult terrain of the concludes smoothly.

Singh also counselled pilgrims to remain physically fit and establish communion with nature to come out rewarded from the

The first batch comprising 60 pilgrims will reach Kailash Manasarovar via Lipulekh. There are two routes for Yatra-through Lipulekh pass(Uttarakhand) and through Natu La pass(Sikkim).

"This year 3,734 applications were received. After draw of lots, around 1500 were selected for the Yatra," the said.

Pilgrims will reach Kailash Manasarovar via Lipulekh in eight batches of 60 pilgrims each. Ten batches of 50 pilgrims each will reach there via Nathu La, he said.

The duration of the via Lipulekh is 24 days for each batch including three days in for preparatory work. This route passes through important sites like and among others

The route through Nathu La pass is motorable and suitable for senior citizens unable to undertake arduous trekking. From Gangtok the route passes through scenic places like Hangu lake, and through the vast landscape of the Duration of this route is 21 days including three days in for preparatory work.

Singh said this time two experienced liaison officers, who have better knowledge of routes and are able to take care of the elderly, will be with the pilgrims.

An applicant for Kailash Manasarovar requires to be in the age group 18-70 years.

Apart from the External Affairs ministry, the Home and Defence ministries as well as governments of and also make arrangements for the pilgrimage.

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First Published: Mon, June 11 2018. 13:00 IST