Press Esc to close
Saturday 18 April 2015
News updated at 10:20 AM IST
Weather
Max: 33.4°C
Min : 21.6°C
In Bengaluru
Sunny day

Government cancels entire Kailash Mansarovar yatra

New Delhi, Aug 1, 2013, (IANS):
PTI file photo

The government Thursday cancelled the entire Kailash Mansarovar yatra due to "disruption of roads, bridges and tracks" in the wake of the torrential rains and consequent flash floods in Uttarakhand in June.

Hundreds of people lost their lives and thousands went missing following the cloud burst that left a trail of destruction in the state.

"In view of continuing disruption of roads, bridges and tracks on the Kailash Manasarovar yatra route and in the interest of yatris' (pilgrims') safety and security, it has been decided to cancel remaining batches 15-18," the ministry of external affairs, which organises the pilgrimage, said in a statement.

This year, the yatra was to take place from June 9 to Sep 9 with 18 batches of approximately 60 pilgrims each taking the arduous journey, involving trekking at high altitudes of up to 19,500 feet under inhospitable conditions.

The ministry had earlier cancelled batches 11-14 on July 8. Batches 2-10 were cancelled in June following the Uttarakhand tragedy.

Only one batch had proceeded before the floods and returned July 11, taking longer than the usual 22 days to complete the yatra due to the disruption in communications.
In 2012, a record number of 774 pilgrims took the yatra, said the ministry.


Go to Top

Photo Gallery
Taragarh Fort overlooking the city on the eve of World Heritage Day...

Taragarh Fort overlooking the city on the eve of World Heritage Day...

Narmada Bachao Andolan activists during their 'Jal Satyagrah' in Khandwa...

Narmada Bachao Andolan activists during their 'Jal Satyagrah' in Khandwa...

Teena Ponnappa poses at the “Crafts Glory” an exhibition cum sale of Handicrafts and Handlooms...

Teena Ponnappa poses at the “Crafts Glory” an exhibition cum sale of Handicrafts and Handlooms...

Aishwarya Rai and Malayalam actress Manju Warrier at the inauguration of a jewellery shop in Chennai

Aishwarya Rai and Malayalam actress Manju Warrier at the inauguration of a jewellery shop in Chennai

Sachin Tendulkar during the IPL T20 match between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings in Mumbai..

Sachin Tendulkar during the IPL T20 match between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings in Mumbai..

Sahara Force India Mexican driver Sergio Perez steers his car during a practice session...

Sahara Force India Mexican driver Sergio Perez steers his car during a practice session...

A heap of wheat getting damaged with rain water in Hisar on Friday...

A heap of wheat getting damaged with rain water in Hisar on Friday...

Tigers at the Ranthambore National Park in Sawai Madhopur, India...

Tigers at the Ranthambore National Park in Sawai Madhopur, India...

Civic workers sweep at a lawn near India Gate in New Delhi on Friday...

Civic workers sweep at a lawn near India Gate in New Delhi on Friday...

Policemen fire teargas shells towards protesters during an agitation against the arrest...

Policemen fire teargas shells towards protesters during an agitation against the arrest...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523