Religiously important Kailash Mansarovar Yatra could not be done last year due to Corona. This time too, there was confusion about this journey, but as its date is approaching, the chances of its happening are getting weaker. In such a situation, brakes are also set for the Adi Kailash Yatra run by Kumaon Mandal Vikas Nigam (KMVN). Usually preparations were made for the yatra these days, but this time neither at the Ministry of External Affairs nor the KMVN has taken any initiative regarding the yatra. Every year KMVN earns more than 2.5 crores from Kailash Mansarovar Yatra. If this yatra does not happen this time also, then KMVN will suffer loss of revenue.
In the year 2020, due to Kovid-19, there was a break on travel for the first time. After this the corporation also canceled the Adi Kailash Yatra. Starting from June 12 every year, in this yatra, many rounds of meetings and other preparations were done till now. But this time neither at the Ministry of External Affairs nor KMVN has taken any initiative regarding the yatra. Due to this, it is believed that due to the increasing outbreak of Kovid, the cancellation of the journey is almost certain. As soon as it is canceled, it is sure to break the Adi Kailash Yatra.
According to information received from KMVN, the world famous Kailash Mansarovar Yatra started in the year 1981. KMVN became a major part of the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra, jointly conducted with the Ministry of External Affairs and China. Food, lodging and other arrangements, including transporting the passengers from Delhi to the China border, came under KMVN’s share. After starting with 59 passengers in 3 teams, the number of teams has reached 18. So far 16,865 pilgrims have traveled in 460 teams.
18 days journey
In this journey starting from Delhi, the team of passengers after reaching Kathgodam in Uttarakhand on the first leg of the journey from Delhi welcomes these passengers according to KMVN Kumaoni customs and traditions. After this, the team enters China by foot after completing various stops from Almora to Pithoragarh, Dharchula, Najang, Bundi, Gunji, Lipulekh etc. In this way, Kailash Mansarovar Yatra takes about 18 days.
The final decision on the cancellation of Kailash Mansarovar Yatra is taken by the Ministry of External Affairs. There is no related letter from the Ministry of External Affairs to the Corporation yet. But the situation is unfavorable due to Kovid. – Rohit Meena, Managing Director, KMVN