China opened Nathu La for Kailash Mansarovar Yatra

Date: June 22, 2015

MEA Mansarovar Lake Rakshastal

China opens Nathu La border pass as 2nd route for Kailash-Mansarovar yatra

China has opened Nathu La, tha 2nd land border crossing in Tibet via Sikkim  for Kailash-Mansarovar yatra. The new route is in addition and alternative to the existing Lipulekh Pass route located in Uttarakhand which was only route earlier.The establishment of the new route is the result of the consensus reached between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the former’s visit to India in September 2014.

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The border crossing at Nathu La is located 4,000 metres above sea level. This route will facilitate comfortable travel for Indian pilgrims by buses compared to previous route. By this route, pilgrims will be travell by bus to Shigatse in the Tibet Autonomous Region, around 1500 kms away from Nathula to reach their ultimate destination the Kailash–Mansarovar.

Kailash Mansarovar-

Mansarovar Lake is located at an altitude of 14,950 ft (4,558 m) is said to be the highest freshwater lake in the world. It is located in the Tibet Autonomous Region, China, 940 kilometres (580 mi) from Lhasa. To the west of it is Lake Rakshastal and to the north is Mount Kailash.

The yatra is organized by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) annually with close cooperation with the Government of the People’s Republic of China.