India issues travel advisory for Kailash Mansarovar pilgrims

  • Utpal Parashar, Hindustan Times, Kathmandu
  • Updated: Jun 01, 2016 17:50 IST
A file photo of Kailash Mansarovar (HT Photo) (HT File Photo)

The Indian government has issued a travel advisory to Kailash Mansarovar Yatra pilgrims after nearly 500 persons were stranded in Nepal due to inclement weather.

The advisory from Indian embassy here asked Indians to avoid the Nepalgunj-Simikot-Hilsa route through Nepal for another few weeks. 

“Since weather conditions are expected to deteriorate in the weeks to come, Indian citizens are advised to avoid the route,” said the advisory issued on Tuesday. 

Nearly 500 Indians were stranded in Hilsa and Simikot, located in the mountainous region close to the China border, due to bad weather. Rescue efforts were also hampered because of bad weather. 

Several pilgrims were rescued on Tuesday and brought to safer locations by helicopters and small aircraft, which carried out 50 flights between Hilsa, Simikot and Nepalgunj.  But some of them are still stranded. 

“Inclement weather conditions are impeding regular air services, thereby causing difficulties for the stranded persons at Hila and Simikot,” the embassy statement added. 

It assured that all possible efforts are underway in cooperation with Nepal government and private tour operators to bring back those pilgrims who are still stranded at Hilsa and Simikot. 

Nearly 40,000 pilgrims and tourists, around 80% of them from India, take part in the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra every year, which takes place between May and July ahead of the monsoon season. 

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