The Kailash Mansarovar Yatra will this year take place through the two traditional routes — Nathua La Pass in Sikkim and Lipulekh Pass in Uttarakhand — and the registration process for the annual pilgrimage has started, the External Affairs Ministry announced on Wednesday.
The announcement comes after China said it would allow the Nathu La Pass to be used after having blocked the route last year in the wake of the Doklam stand-off.
In a statement, the External Affairs Ministry said that the registration process started on February 20 and will close on March 23.
The Yatra will be held from June 8 to September 8 this year and applicants should be at least 18 years and not more than 70 years as of January 1, 2018.
Ministry of External Affairs organizes this Kailash Yatra during June to September each year through two different routes – Lipulekh Pass (Uttarakhand), and Nathu La Pass (Sikkim). Kailash Manasarovar Yatra (KMY) is known for its religious value, cultural significance. It is undertaken by hundreds of people every year.
Who is Eligible
- Must be a citizen of India.
- Possess an Indian passport valid for minimum 6 months as on 1st September of the current year.
- Age should be minimum 18 and maximum 70 years as on 01 January of the current year.
- Body Mass Index (BMI) of 25 or less.
- Physically fit and medically healthy for undertaking the Yatra for the religious purpose.
- Foreign nationals are not eligible to apply; OCI card holders are, thus, not eligible.
CONDITIONS:- Applicants may carefully note the following conditions before applying for the Yatra:
(a) Incomplete applications are liable to be rejected and will not be included in the computerized draw.
(b) Incorrect or false information in the application form will be ground for disqualification at any stage, including during the Yatra.
(c) It is the applicant’s responsibility to feed accurate information, complete in every respect including name spellings, date of birth, etc.
(d) Should not suffer from medical conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, asthma, heart disease, epilepsy, etc.
(e) The selected applicant will need to undergo and qualify specified medical examinations conducted by the Delhi Heart and Lung Institute, and the ITBP Base Hospital in New Delhi for high altitude endurance
(f) Any Yatri found medically unfit for high altitude endurance at any stage will not be permitted to continue the Yatra. [Please see Medical Tests conducted by Delhi Heart & Lung Institute (DHLI)].
(g) Any Yatri disqualified on medical and/or other grounds at any stage of the Yatra will forfeit the Confirmation Amount and other payments made earlier.
(h) The Yatra batches will leave on scheduled dates even if any selected Yatri is unable to join the group as per scheduled itinerary.
(i) Applicants going for the first time would be accorded priority over those who have already been for the Yatra organized by the Ministry in any previous year.
(j) There would be a moratorium on applicants who have already been on this Yatra organized by this Ministry more than four times in previous years. The decision of the competent authority in this Ministry would be final, and no representation in this regard would be entertained.
(k) Applicants against whom any legal or executive sanction is in force, or which debars the person from travelling abroad would not be eligible to apply for the Yatra.