First batch of Kailash Mansarovar Yatra flagged off in Sikkim

GANGTOK: The first batch of 33 pilgrims, on their way to Kailash Mansarovar via Nathu La pass in Sikkim, was flagged off from here today.

Additional Chief Secretary S C Gupta flagged off a Sikkim Nationalised Transport (SNT) bus carrying the pilgrims for their onward journey.

There are two routes for the yatra – through Lipulekh pass (Uttarakhand) and Natu La pass (Sikkim).

The route via Sikkim was stopped by China in the aftermath of the military face-off with India last year at Doklam.

The yatra, which holds religious value and cultural significance, is undertaken by hundreds of people every year. (AGENCIES)