Stranded Indian pilgrims, legislator evacuated
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Last Updated: Tuesday, September 21, 2010, 22:00
Kathmandu: Twenty-three Indian pilgrims, including a Rajasthan lawmaker who were stranded on the Nepalese side of border near Tibet after returning from Kailash-Mansarovar, were evacuated safely on Tuesday, an Indian Embassy official said.

The pilgrims, including MLA Mohan Lal Gupta, who were stranded due to bad weather at Hilta in Simikot district of north-west Nepal, were flown to Nepalgunj and then taken to Kathmandu before flying to their respective destinations in India, said A.K. Roy, Consular Section staff at the Indian Embassy in the capital.

"They were suffering from high-altitude sickness and were stranded there due to bad weather for three days," he said.

Kailash-Mansarovar is regarded as one of the holiest pilgrim destinations for Hindus. The pilgrims were from Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh, said the official, who coordinated the rescue operation.

The Rajasthan legislator, who was accompanied by his wife, developed high altitude sickness due to the lack of oxygen in the rarified air in Tibet.

The embassy had arranged for helicopters to take them back as they were stranded at the Nepal-Tibet border while returning to Kathmandu.

Every year thousands of Indian nationals visit Kailash-Mansarovar, a famous Hindu-Buddhist pilgrim site, via Nepal.


First Published: Tuesday, September 21, 2010, 22:00

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