Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday announced in Beijing that the second route for the Kailash-Manasarovar Yatra will become operational next month.
“The Nathu La route for Indian pilgrims to visit Kailash Mansarovar will become operational in June. I want to thank China for that,” the Prime Minister said.
The second route through the Himalayan pass of Nathu La, 4,000 metres above sea level, will allow more Indians to undertake the pilgrimage, in addition to the existing Lipulekh Pass in Uttarakhand.
The only route — Lipulekh Pass — was badly damaged in the floods in Uttarakhand in 2013.
The Ministry of External Affairs currently takes more than 1,000 pilgrims a year in 18 batches involving a 22-day journey and officials expect that the number of pilgrims could rise considerably once the new route is opened.