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Press rust of India, PTI
Beijing, June 23, 2003
India on Monday asked China to open a new route for its pilgrims to visit the holy mount Kailash in Tibet autonomous region.

China has already agreed to receive next month the first batch of Indian pilgrims through Uttaranchal and India is seeking an alternate route via Himachal Pradesh.

The matter was raised by Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee during his discussions with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, who favoured more people-to-people exchanges between the two countries.