Indian Kailash Mansarovar pilgrims stuck in Nepal

KATHMANDU: Nearly 200 Indians on their way back home from Kailash Mansarovar pilgrimage in Tibet are stuck in Nepal’s Humla district due to alleged mismanagement by the private tour operators, pilgrims claimed on Wednesday.

Every year, hundreds of Indians undertake the ‘yatra’ which involves trekking under inhospitable conditions. Holding significance for Hindus as the abode of Lord Shiva, it holds religious importance also for the Jains and the Buddhists.

The pilgrims are currently stuck in Hilsa town, near the Nepal-China border, where they reached from Burang in Tibet and were to immediately leave for Simikot by helicopter and then onwards to Nepalgunj, they said.

“When we reached here (Hilsa), we had to overstay because several people who had come here prior to us were made to overstay by the tour operators. They have been here for three days, they are getting to leave now and we will follow after that,” Pankaj Bhatnagar, 40, said. (AGENCIES)