New Delhi, Apr 9 : The registration for Kailash Mansarovar Yatra commenced on Tuesday for pilgrims which will be held from June 8 to September 8 through two routes. The last date for registration is May 9.
"Applicants for this Yatra must be at least 18 years old and not more than 70 years on January 1, 2019 to be eligible to apply. Last date for registration is May 9," the Ministry of External Affairs said.
There are two routes for this Yatra, it added.
The route through Lipulekh Pass (Uttarakhand), which involves some trekking is estimated to cost about Rs 1.8 lakh per person. It will be conducted in 18 batches of 60 pilgrims each.
The duration of the Yatra is 24 days for each batch including 3 days in Delhi for preparatory work.
This route passes through important sites like Narayan Ashram, Patal Bhuvaneshwar among others.
Yatris can also see the scenic beauty of Chialekh Valley, or the ‘Om Parvat’ which has the natural occurrence of snow in the shape of ‘Om’ on this mountain.
The route through Nathu La Pass (Sikkim) is motorable and suitable for senior citizens unable to undertake arduous trekking.
From Gangtok, the route passes through scenic places like Hangu lake and through the vast landscape of the Tibetan plateau. It is estimated to cost about Rs 2.5 lakhs per person, and duration would be 21 days, including 3 days in Delhi for preparatory work.
This year 10 batches of 50 pilgrims each are scheduled for this route.
As in previous years, first time applicants, medical doctors, and married couples would have priority. Senior citizens would have priority on the Nathu La route if they opt for it. Two persons may apply and undertake the Yatra together, subject to conditions, it added.
Yatris can either select both routes indicating priority or select only one of the routes. They will be allotted a route and batch through computerized draw of lots.
Keeping in line with government's 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 online form has necessary guidelines in Hindi and English languages to complete the form. Incomplete applications would be automatically cancelled after the cut-off date.
Selection of applicants will be through a fair computer-generated, random, gender-balanced selection process. Applicants will be notified of their selection after the computerized draw through automated email or SMS.
After selection, applicants will have to pay the confirmation fee as detailed on the website in order to confirm their participation.
Applicants can also get information and track the status of their application through the interactive helpline No: 011-24300655. (UNI)