First batch of pilgrims departs on Kailash Mansarovar Yatra
The first batch of pilgrims undertaking the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra from India this year proceeded on the pilgrimage after arriving in Kathgodam on Tuesday. The first batch consisting of 59 pilgrims including 17 women was welcomed in traditional Kumaoni style on their arrival here. While 69 year old Inder Mohan from Gautam Buddha Nagar in Uttar Pradesh is the oldest pilgrim in the batch, 18 year old Srikrishna from Nashik in Maharashtra is the youngest member of this batch.
After being received in Kathogadam where the pilgrims spent some time, they departed for Almora on the same day. After spending the night at Almora, the pilgrims will reach Dharchula in Pithoragarh district on Wednesday. From there they will move onward to Gunji where a medical camp has also been organised for the pilgrims. The Kumaon Mandal Vikas Nigam (KMVN) managing director Trilok Singh Martoliya informed that one batch of pilgrims will take 25 days to complete the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra. The pilgrimage to Kailash Mansarovar this year will continue till September 8 with a total of 1080 pilgrims slated to undertake it.
The KMVN managing director further informed that this time, homestay arrangements have been made for the pilgrims at Nabhidhang to enable them to enjoy the beauty of the state.
This initiative taken to link the local residents with self-employment opportunities will also provide the pilgrims to Kailash Mansarovar an opportunity to know the mountain culture of Uttarakhand. Martoliya further informed that on the directions of the Ministry of External Affairs, for the first time two liaisoning officers are being sent with each batch of pilgrims this year.
The first batch of pilgrims consists of 14 members from Delhi, 11 from Uttar Pradesh, seven from Rajasthan, five from Maharashtra, four from Haryana, three each from Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal and Chhattisgarh, two each from Uttarakhand, Gujarat and Kerala and one each from Karnataka, Telangana and Chandigarh, added the KMVN managing director.
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