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PM pushes for opening new route for Kailash pilgrims

India on Monday asked China to open a new route for its pilgrims to visit holy mount Kailash in Tibet.

india Updated: Jun 23, 2003 21:37 IST

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.

First Published: Jun 23, 2003 15:31 IST