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1st Batch of Kailash Mansarovar Yatra via Nathula Flagged off

1st Batch of Kailash Mansarovar Yatra via Nathula Flagged off
June 16
17:10 2017

Sikkim Chief Secretary A.K. Shrivastava flagged off the first batch of Yatris for the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra 2017 via Nathula on Friday. The Batch includes 47 pilgrims from all over the country including a Liaison Officer. The yatris arrived on Thursday night and were accommodated at the Mayur Hotel, Gangtok.

The Deputy Secretary (Tourism & Civil Aviation Department) welcomed the pilgrims while the Commandant of ITBP, Sanjeev Singh briefed the gathering on how to go about with the pilgrimage. Being from the border force and with the experience and knowledge of several expeditions, the Commandant presented his briefing with a slide show talking about the risks involved at such high altitudes and also encouraging them with success stories of the past.

Chief Secretary, A.K Shrivastava welcomed the pilgrims, informing them of how the Yatra was initiated by the Chief Minister Pawan Chamling who requested Government of India in 2006 to allow the pilgrims to use the Nathula route into China. He expressed his admiration and complimented the State and it’s people both for being able to carry out the pilgrimage successfully since 2015. He also spoke on the tourism sector playing a significant role for broadening pilgrimage tourism. He ended his address wishing the yatris success and stating, “ One comes to Sikkim as a guest but leaves as a friend.”

Likewise Mayor GMC Shakti Singh Choudhary, being one of the yatris of the first batch of KMY from Sikkim in 2015, shared his personal experiences and advised and suggested the other pilgrims on what to do and not to do during the pilgrimage. Secretary, Tourism & Civil Aviation Department, C. Zangpo greeted the yatris and very succinctly briefed them about mountainous terrain and expedition along the lines of tourism. He wished them luck for their journey.

Narayan Lal Panchariya, Chief Whip, M.P (Rajya Sabha) who is one of the pilgrims in the 1st batch expressed his happiness and joy at being selected for the pilgrimage via Nathula. He stated that the Prime Minister, Modi works effortlessly and endlessly for all the states to come together and this pilgrimage was an example of how the government successfully works in co-ordination within the various states and the foreign governments.

The Liaison Officer, Devendra Singh said that he hoped that the weather would be on their side and as the LO, he would do his best in motivating the pilgrims on this religious expedition.

After the formal programme, Chief Secretray A.K Shrivastava, flagged off the 47 pilgrims. They will halt at Sherethang for two nights where ITBP and the health team will help them with the acclimatization process. They will cross over into China on the 20th of June via Nathula.

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