Kailash Mansarovar Pilgrimage
The importance of Kailash Mansarovar for Indians, specifically to the Hindus, is well-known. Many people take the arduous trip to the place which is today under China’s control. Now, a new route which prepared by the relentless pursual of the Indian government and Border Roads Organization (BRO) has lowered the difficulties faced by the pilgrims, as it enables yatra the to be completed in one week compared to the 2-3 weeks it took earlier via Sikkim or Nepal routes.
The New Route
The road originates from Ghatiabagarh and terminates at Lipulekh Pass, the gateway to Kailash-Mansarovar. In this 80-kilometre road, the altitude rises from 6,000 to 17,060 feet. With the completion of this project, the arduous trek through treacherous high-altitude terrain can now be avoided by the pilgrims of Kailash-Mansarovar Yatra. To give some context, Lipulekh route had a trek of 90 Km through high altitude terrain and the elderly yatris faced lot of difficulties.
How Different from the other Routes?
The other two road ways via Sikkim and Nepal are long. They entailed approximately 20% land journeys on Indian roads and 80% land journeys in China. With the opening of Ghatiabgarh-Lipulekh road, this ratio has been reversed. Now Pilgrims to Manasarovar will traverse 84% land journeys on Indian Roads and only 16% land journeys in China.
Not an Easy Task
Carving a path in the treacherous mountains of high altitude is nowhere similar to the construction of normal roads. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh applauded the BRO for their exemplary work while inaugurating the route through digital means.
Amidst harsh weather like low temperature and occasional cloud bursts, BRO lost some of its people in the process. This short video clip may give a glimpse about the challenges on the ground.
— ADG (M&C) DPR (@SpokespersonMoD) May 8, 2020