New Delhi, June 11: Flagging off the year’s first batch of pilgrims to Kailash Mansarovar Yatra, EAM Dr S Jaishankar today said that this is an important step towards promoting people to people exchange and that the support extended by the Chinese Government in organising the religious tour is worth recognising.
"I would like to recognise the support extended by Government of China in organising the yatra, it's an important step towards promoting people to people exchanges”, he said.
Amid heavy snowfall in Lipupas this time, the pilgrims heading in the first travel will have to walk on the ice paths between Naveedhang and Litu by the last Indian halt
The corporation employees who returned post inspection a couple of days earlier informed that last year, the snow from Nadhipang to Lidu Top was settled and that the pilgrims could fulfil their religious grails easily. “This time, the snowfall has been heavy as compared to last years. Lonavi laborers are busy collecting snow from the road here, but working between ice ranging from 15 thousand to 18 thousand feet is difficult”, they said.
Mount Kailash, located near Lake Manasarovar and Lake Rakshastal forms part of the Transhimalaya in the Tibet Autonomous Region of China. It is considered to be sacred in all four of the religions named Bon, Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism. Every year, thousands make a pilgrimage to Kailash, following a tradition going back thousands of years. Pilgrims of several religions believe that circumambulating Mount Kailash on foot is a holy ritual that will bring good fortune.