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Rahul Gandhi, on pilgrimage to Kailash Mansarovar, arrives in Nepal: Report

Reports said Congress president Rahul Gandhi leave for Mansarovar via Nepal for the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra.

india Updated: Aug 31, 2018 19:47 IST
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Rahul Gandhi is undertaking the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra in accordance with a wish he had expressed in April when his plane plunged hundreds of feet during the campaign for the Karnataka polls.(PTI File Photo)

Congress president Rahul Gandhi, on a pligrimage to Kailash Mansarovar in Tibet, arrived in Kathmandu in Nepal’s capital on Friday.

The Congress chief landed in Kathmandu at around 2:00 pm and checked into a hotel, Nepalese media reported.

He will stay over at Kathmandu on Friday before heading to Nepalgunj on Saturday. It has been learnt that he will leave for Mansarovar via Nepal for the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra, the Himalayan Times reported.

Gandhi, 48, arrived in Kathmandu on the same day as Prime Minister Narendra Modi returned home after attending the fourth BIMSTEC summit.

He is undertaking the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra in accordance with a wish he expressed in April when his plane plunged hundreds of feet during the campaign for the Karnataka polls.

On April 26, the plane carrying Gandhi and some others from Delhi to Hubballi airport in Karnataka developed a technical problem and tilted heavily on the left side. The plane dipped steeply with violent shuddering, but soon recovered and landed safely.

Three days later, on April 29, Gandhi announced during a rally that he wanted to undertake the pilgrimage.

The arduous pilgrimage to Mount Kailash, which is considered the abode of Lord Shiva in Hindu mythology and is in the Tibetan Himalayas, is organised every year between June and September.

First Published: Aug 31, 2018 19:47 IST