KATHMANDU: The Indian government has issued a travel advisory to Kailash Mansarovar Yatra pilgrims, urging them to avoid the Nepalgunj-Simikot-Hilsa route through Nepal for another few weeks due to deteriorating weather conditions.
The advisory from the Indian embassy comes after nearly 500 Indians were stranded in Nepal’s Hilsa and Simikot, located in the mountainous region close to the China border, due to bad weather. Rescue efforts were also hampered because of the unfavourable weather conditions.
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.
The government assured that all possible efforts are underway in cooperation with Nepal government and private tour operators to bring back the stranded pilgrims
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.