External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Saturday flagged off the first batch of Kailash-Mansarovar yatris.
“Blessings on a sacred pilgrimage. EAM @SushmaSwaraj flags off the first batch of Kailash Mansarovar Yatris,” Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted.
According to reports, MEA received nearly 1,400 applications for the yatra this year.
Out of these, 350 yatris will reach Kailash Mansarovar via Nathula Pass in Sikkim, while remaining pilgrims will travel via Lipulekh Pass in Uttarakhand.
Kailash Manasarovar Yatra (KMY) is known for its religious value, cultural significance, physical beauty and thrilling nature. It is undertaken by hundreds of people every year. Holding significance for Hindus as the abode of Lord Shiva, it holds religious importance also for the Jains and the Buddhists.
Yatra has been recognized by the Indian Mountaineering Foundation as a trekking expedition and involves trekking at an altitude of upto 19,500 feet.