Welcome to another episode of Kailash yatra. This time through the newly opened route of Nathu La Pass situated in the state of Sikkim. This route combines the advantages of both the earlier routes in which Indian citizens performed this Holy yatra. There is no trekking needed except for Parikrama, which has to be performed by trekking or on ponies. AS proper spacing is given acclimatization . is not a problem. Only constraint is the cost is more.
The symbol of Sikkim tourism
The eight auspicious items.
This is the press release issued by Govt. of India about the new route.
2015 is a watershed year for the Kailash Manasarovar Yatra. For the first time since its resumption in 1981, the Yatra will be conducted through two routes. During External Affairs Minister’s visit to China from January 31 to February 3, 2015, the two sides formally exchanged notes on modalities for Yatra via Nathu La which has made it possible for Yatra to commence via Nathu La beginning June 18, 2015.
Qutub Minar Delhi
This new route does not involve trekking by foot except for the Kailash Parikarma. It would help many old age pilgrims to fulfill their desire to undertake the Kailash Manasarovar pilgrimage. This year the Yatra will be conducted during the period from June 8 to September 9, 2015. There will be 18 batches of 60 pilgrims each on the existing route through Lipulekh Pass in Uttrakhand. Five batches of 50 Yatris each will be able to utilize the newly opened route via Nathu La in Sikkim.
ITINERARY TENTATIVE DAY-TO-DAY PROGRAMME FOR THE YATRA VIA NATHU LA IN SIKKIM
STAY IN DELHI First arrival of yatris in Delhi. Medical at ITBP. MEA Briefing; Pay fees; Collect Visa; Foreign Exchange.
1 Delhi To Gangtok via Bagdogra (by air) 1600m
2 Gangtok To 15th Mile 3050m
3 15th Mile Stay for Acclimatization
4 15th Mile To Sherathang 4115m
5 Sherathang Stay Acclimatization Medical test
6-1 Sherathang Kangma via Nathu La (4176m) Immigration/Customs ( 6-1: 6th day of yatra 1st day in China)
7-2 Kangma To Lazi - 4053m
8-3 Lazi To Zhongba - 4728m
9-4 Zhongba To Darchen 4670m
10-5 Darchen To Qugu Manasarovar Parikrama 4620m
11-6 Qugu Stay at Manasarovar Shores
12-7 Qugu To Deraphuk via Darchen, Yam Dwar On 1st day of Kailash Parikrama 5060m
13-8 Deraphuk To Zunzhui Pu via Dolma Pass On 2nd day of Kailash Parikrama 4780m
14-9 Zunzhui Pu To Zhongba
15-10 Zhongba To Lazi
16-11 Lazi To Kangma
17 Kangma To Sherathang via Nathu La
18 Sherathang To Gangtok
19 Gangtok Delhi via Bagdogra. ( The yatri have the choice to return to His place from Gangtok itself if they desire)
Briefing by I.T.B.P
These photos were taken during their stay at Delhi.
Shri Nageshwar Singh who successfuly completed the yatra
He left from Chennai on 31.07.2015 to Delhi and stayed there for three days for Medical test and then after clearing the Medical test completed other formalities like Visa, submission of Affidavits, and foreign exchange conversion. They were also briefed by the officials of the Ministry of External affairs and left to Bagdogra on 04.08.2015 and from there by bus reached Gangtok the capital of Sikkim. The yatra was co-ordinated by Sikkim tourism.
Yatra to be continued . . . . . .