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Kailash Manasarovar Yatra: Last Date to Apply is April 10, 2015

The Ministry of External Affairs, which organizes Kailash Manasarovar Yatra every year, has called for applications this year to be reach before April 10.

Besides religious value, the yatra provides an opportunity to experience cultural satisfaction, see physical beauty and enthrall in the midst of the nature and every year hundreds of people undertake the yatra.

For Hindus, it holds significance as the abode of Lord Shiva, it holds religious importance also for the Jains and the Buddhists. To be organised between June and September, the Yatra is open to eligible Indian citizens, holding valid Indian passports, who wish to proceed to Kailash-Manasarovar for religious purposes.

Applications can be made online at http://kmy.gov.in and the last date is April 10, 2015.kmy-route-map

The Yatra-2015 will be conducted between 08 June and 09 September through two different routes – Lipulekh Pass in Uttarakhand and Nathu La in Sikkim. Yatris need to spend 3-4 days in Delhi for preparations before the Yatra, said a statement. The Delhi Government provides free meals and accommodation for the stay in Delhi. Yatris are, however, free to make their own arrangements.

Since the Yatra involves trekking at high altitudes of up to 19,500 feet, under inhospitable conditions, including extreme cold and rugged terrain, the ministry said it may prove hazardous for those who are not physically and medically fit.

Now, there are two routes to undertake the Yatra:
Route 1: Lipulekh Pass (Uttarakhand)
18 batches of 60 members each with total duration of about 25 days per batch.
Estimated cost per person: Rs.1.5 Lakh.
Route 2: Nathu La (Sikkim)
5 batches of 50 members each with total duration of about 23 days per batch.
Estimated cost per person: Rs.1.7 Lakh.

The government underlines the fact that it is not responsible for any loss of life or injury to a Yatri, or any loss or damage to property of a Yatri due to any natural calamity or due to any other reason. “Pilgrims undertake the Yatra purely at their own volition, cost, risk and consequences,” it said clearly in the statement.

In case of death, it said the fovernment shall not have any obligation to bring the mortal remains of any pilgrim across the border for cremation in the Indian side, in case of death on the Chinese side. All Yatris are, therefore, required to sign a Consent Form for cremation of mortal remains on the Chinese side in case of death, it added.

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