7th batch of Kailash Mansarovar Yatris leave Gangtok

Gangtok, 22 Jul:

The seventh batch of the Kailash Mansarovar Yatris for the year via Nathula left for the first point of their acclimatization from Gangtok today.

A special briefing was organised for them by the Sikkim Tourism Development Corporation here this morning.

Senior Manager STDC, Tejpal Pradhan, briefed the yatris regarding the do’s and don’ts of the yatra.

The security-related issues and information were detailed by Deputy Commandant, Indo Tibet Border Police, ITBP, Ramesh Rautela, who explained the various aspects that need to be taken care of by the yatris during the course of the KMY.

The seventh batch includes 46 yatris and 2 Laision Officers and moved today to the first point of acclimatization at 15th and 17th Mile.

The briefing programme was also adressed by Medical Specialist Dr DR Sherpa, other resource persons and a past yatri from Gangtok, Hari Maya Sharma.

STDC, as a good will gesture, also organised a surprise birthday party for one of the yatris, Rajesh, whose birthday happened to be today.

Sharing his experience Mr. Rajesh said that he was surprised and happy to have a surprise birthday cake and thanked the STDC team for the celebration.

This time, one of the Laisioning Officers with the team is a lady DIG rank police officer from Andhra Pradesh.

The seventh batch had arrived in Gangtok on 21 July from Delhi.

Meanwhile, the fourth batch has already completed the yatra and has returned to their respective home states and the 5th and 6th batches of the KMY via Nathula are still on the pilgrimage.

The fifth batch is expected back in Gangtok on 25 July.

The eighth batch is currently completing the official formalities in Delhi and will be arriving next week, it is further informed.