New Delhi, July 6: China said that it is willing to discuss with India possibility of alternative arrangements for official Indian pilgrims to visit Kailash and Mansarovar via Nathu La Pass. The Chinese Embassy in India has said that the entry of pilgrims was halted for their safety.
Chinas Ambassador to India Luo Zhaohui said “the official yatra through Lipuleku Pass and non-official yatra through Lhasa and Purang are still on the rails and it was for the Indian government to decide what options could be on the table to resolve the standoff”.
The Chinese government is very clear that it wants peaceful resolution at current state of the situation for which withdrawal of Indian troops from the area is a "pre- condition", he asserted.
"The first priority is that the Indian troops unconditionally pull back to the Indian side of the boundary. That is the precondition for any meaningful dialogue between China and India," he said.
Earlier, India had taken up the issue of not allowing entry to around 50 Indian pilgrims to Kailash-Mansarovar Yatra (KMY) through the Nathu La pass through the Nathu La pass in Sikkim with Beijing. Later Chinese Foreign Ministry refuses to give more information about the reasons for stopping Indian pilgrim whether it was due to any weather-related issues like landslides and rains.
Hundreds of Indian pilgrims undertake Mansarovar yatra in China's Tibetan Autonomous Region every year. The Nathu La pass route was opened to Indian pilgrims in 2015. After crossing over the pass, Indian pilgrims are ferried by Chinese transport to Kailash.
Meanwhile, there are two routes to get to Mount Kailash. About 1,400 devotees will undertake the yatra this year. Most of them will use the tougher Uttarakhand route; about 350 will attempt the journey through Sikkim.
The first batches of pilgrims were flagged off at Gangtok on June 16. Five batches of pilgrims were supposed to cross over to the Chinese side through Nathula pass.