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India is home to a number of pilgrim spots, some of which are located at spectacular destinations. Prime among these spots is Lake Mansarovar, the highest freshwater lake in the world. Located in Tibet Autonomous Region, it lies near Mount Kailash and is fed by the Kailash glaciers. The spot is the venue for the popular Kailash Mansarovar yatra which is taken by hundreds of devotees every year. It is organized by the Ministry of External affairs between the months of June and September. Kailash Mansarovar is considered to be the home of Lord Shiva, making this pilgrimage a significant one for Hindus. Kailash Mansarovar Yatra dates for 2018 are June 8 to September 8. Registration for the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra 2018 began on February 20. The deadline for online registration is March 23, 2018. ALSO SEE 17 fascinating reasons why you must visit Sangla Valley Also Read - Rahul Gandhi to Undertake Kailash Mansarovar Yatra Soon, Keep His Promise of Thanking God For Narrow Escape During Air Mishap
The Ministry of External Affairs released a statement saying – “This year the Yatra is scheduled during the period 08 June to 8 September through two routes. Applicants for this Yatra must be at least 18 years and not more than 70 years on 1 January 2018 to be eligible to apply for this Yatra. Last date for registration is 23 March 2018. Also Read - Kailash Manasarovar Yatra 2016: Everything you need to know about this holy pilgrimage
Keeping in line with Government of Indias push for digital mode of interaction with the public, registration for this Yatra on the website https://kmy.gov.in is a fully online process. Applicants have to scan and upload passport pages containing personal details (photo page), address details (last page), and a photo to complete the application
The final participants for the yatra will be selected bases on a computer-generated, gender-balanced process. Upon selection, the yatris need to pay the confirmation fees as per guidelines mentioned on the website. The yatra is conducted through two different routes – Lipulekh Pass (Uttarakhand) and Nathu La Pass (Sikkim). Senior citizens may opt for the drivable Nathu La Pass route costing Rs 2 lakh per person and taking 21 days that includes 3 preparatory days in Delhi. The more challenging Lipuleh pass route involves trekking and takes 24 days, costing Rs 1.6 lakh per person. CHECK OUT 7 most treacherous hiking trails in India!
The Kailsah Mansarovar yatra is organized with the support of the state governments of Uttarakhand, Delhi, and Sikkim; and the cooperation of Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP). Logistical support and facilities for each batch of Yatris in India are provided by The Kumaon Mandal Vikas Nigam (KMVN), and Sikkim Tourism Development Corporation (STDC) and their associated organizations. The Delhi Heart and Lung Institute conducts medical tests to determine fitness levels of applicants for this Yatra.