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Three years on, KMVN still to start Jeep service to Kailash Mansarovar Yatra

The Jeep service proposed for the Kailash Mansarovar pilgrims travelling via the traditional route passing through Kumaon region would have to wait another year, it seems. Kumaon Mandal Vikas Nigam (KMVN), a part of Uttarakhand government  which manages the Mansarovar Yatra on the Indian side and looks after the tourist facilities, proposed a Jeep service on the traditional route which would have shorten the walking  distance one-side by 27 kms and save day worth of time. As a result, the pilgrims this year would have to make the long, arduous trek to Kailash Mansarovar Yatra.

Kailash Mansarovar Yatra

Kailash Mansarovar Yatra is one of the most revered pilgrimages in Hinduism. (Image source)

Three years before, KMVN announced Jeep service on two patches of the traditional route – first one is from Garbyang to Napalchyu and second is from Bundi to Kalapani. However, due to the high cost involved in airlifting the vehicles to the desired location, the KMVN had no option but to stall the project. The need to airlift the vehicles was due to the fact that Garbyang is more than 45 kms away form the nearest road at Narayan Ashram.

The first batch of Kailash Mansarovar Yatra pilgrims will leave from Delhi on June 12. More than thousand pilgrims will travel to Mansarovar via Uttarakhand this year. The Kailash Yatra is one of the most revered pilgrimage in Hinduism and is known for its religious and cultural significance.