External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj flags off first batch of pilgrims for Kailash Mansarovar Yatra today on 10th June 2016.
This year Ministry of External affairs already received about 1400 applications for Kailash Mansarovar Yatra. Out of this ,350 pilgrims will reach Kailash Mansarovar via Nathula Pass in Sikkim, and remaining yatris will travel via Pithoragarh and Lipulekh Pass, which is an altitude of 17,500 feet.
Every year this Yatra is organised during June to September by Ministry of External affairs through two different routes Lipulekh Pass (Uttarakhand) and Nathu La Pass (Sikkim).
Hundreds of people visit The Kaislash Mansarovar every year. Holding significance for Hindus as the place of residence of Lord Shiva, it holds religious importance also for Jains and the Buddhists.