Kailash Mansarovar yatra to begin June 8

The Kailash Mansarovar pilgrimage will commence June 8, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said Thursday while announcing that elderly pilgrims and those with mobility issues will now be able to visit Mount Kailash for the first time via a motorable route passing through China.

Kailash Mansarovar yatra through new route to begin June 8
Kailash Mansarovar yatra through new route to begin June 8

 The Kailash Mansarovar pilgrimage will commence June 8, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said on Thursday while announcing that elderly pilgrims and those with mobility issues will now be able to visit Mount Kailash for the first time via a motorable route passing through China.

Pilgrims of Char Dham will get better facilities: Rawat

Pilgrims visiting Char Dham in Uttarakhand from this year will get better amenities, including lodging facilities and medical aid, Chief Minister Harish Rawat said.

Govt to use 'Spiritual Tourism' to attract visitors

Blending spiritualism with tourism, the government is preparing a new programme to attract tourists, taking a leaf out of Italy and Saudi Arabia which are flocked by huge number of pilgrims every year.

Iraq security fears as record pilgrimage nears climax

Millions of Shiite Muslim pilgrims thronged the Iraqi city of Karbala Friday for one of the world`s largest religious gatherings, in defiance of the threat posed by the Islamic State, a Sunni group.

Sri Lanka elephant kills two near Buddhism`s holiest tree

A wild elephant stormed into a crowded pilgrimage town in Sri Lanka on Wednesday and trampled two men to death near Buddhism`s most sacred tree, a resident and police said.

Kedarnath pilgrims to get weather updates on phone

Drawing lessons from 2013 calamity at Kedarnath which caught thousands of pilgrims offguard, the state government has completed the digital mapping of Rudraprayag district which will help pilgrims heading for the Himalayan shrine to get weather updates on their mobile phone.

Chardham yatra remains suspended for fourth consecutive day

With the wet weather continuing and roads to Himalayan shrines blocked by debris from landslips at several points, the chardham yatra remained suspended for the fourth consecutive day today.

Pilgrim dies en route Amarnath shrine, death toll mounts to 14

A 65-year-old pilgrim died after suffering cardiac arrest en route Amarnath shrine in south Kashmir Himalayas on Wednesday, taking the death toll in the ongoing pilgrimage to 14.

Pilgrim count at Amarnath cave crosses 1-lakh mark, 2 more die

The number of pilgrims who have paid obeisance to the holy ice lingam at Amarnath shrine in South Kashmir Himalayas crossed the one-lakh mark today.

Pawan Hans service from Saturday for Amarnath Yatra pilgrims

Pawan Hans Helicopters Limited would launch daily services from this Saturday to fly pilgrims for the Amarnath Yatra.

Blood donation, better than pilgrimage: Dr Harsh Vardhan

Terming blood donation "better" than pilgrimage, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Friday pitched for holding extensive donation campaigns to meet the shortfall in the blood units supply in the country.

SASB `apprehensive` about Amarnath yatra commencing next week

With the entire route to Amarnath shrine still buried under a thick blanket of snow, SASB authorities said they have "serious apprehensions" about the commencement of the annual pilgrimage which is scheduled to begin next week.

Najeeb Jung flags off first batch of Kailash Manasarovar yatra pilgrims

The first batch of Kailash Mansarovar pilgrims comprising of 56 persons, was flagged off by Delhi Lt Governor Najeeb Jung today.

Top cops review security arrangements at Vaishno Devi shrine

Security arrangements at Mata Vaishno Devi shrine in Jammu and Kashmir`s Reasi district have been reviewed by senior police officials to ensure safety and security of pilgrims.

Chopper service enlivens Chardham yatra

The recent launch of chopper services between Linchauli to Kedarnath in Rudraprayag district seems to have enlivened the Chardham yatra, which had a low key opening this season due to bad weather.

Facilities at Sabarimala for pilgrimage season reviewed

A high-level meeting chaired by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has decided to operate more Kerala State Road Transport Corporation buses during the Sabarimala pilgrimage season commencing in November.

Simbu finds solace in pilgrimage

Tamil actor Simbu says such trips are not undertaken in search of god but to help him find solace away from his busy work schedule.

Hemkund Sahib reopens for pilgrims

Devotees took a holy dip in the glacial lake at Sri Hemkund Sahib as the Sikh shrine in Uttarakhand`s Chamoli district reopened.

Chhattisgarh govt to facilitate for free pilgrimage visit to disabled

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh has said his government will soon facilitate for free of cost visits of disabled persons to religious places.