Kailash-Mansarovar yatra to commence from May 29

The annual pilgrimage to Kailash-Mansarovar in Tibet will commence on May 29, officials said.

Updated: Feb 03, 2011, 16:19 PM IST

Nainital: The annual pilgrimage to
Kailash-Mansarovar in Tibet will commence on May 29, officials
said today.

Over 750 pilgrims in 16 batches will travel to the
Himalayan region in China for a holy dip in the Mansarovar
lake, they said.

Organised by the Ministry of External Affairs and
coordinated by Kumaun Mandal Vikas Nigam (KMVN), a
developmental corporation of the Uttarakhand government, each
pilgrim will be asked to pay Rs 19,200, said officials.

This year the last batch of pilgrims is expected to start
from Delhi on August 27 to cover the 925 km stretch.

"When we initiated this pilgrimage in 1981 there were
only 59 pilgrims. Till now 10,983 pilgrims have gone to Tibet
Autonomous Region in China to worship at Holy Kailash Mountain
(19200 ft) and Mansarovar lake," said D K Sharma the Division
Manager Tourism of the KMVN.

PTI