More than 1,000 Indian Kailash Mansarovar pilgrims stuck in Nepal due to bad weather

The Indian Embassy in Kathmandu is monitoring the situation in Simikot region

The Hush Post: More than 1,000 Indian pilgrims undertaking Kailash Mansarovar pilgrimage have got stuck up in Nepal due to bad weather and incessant rain there.

Several media reports said on Tuesday that the Indian Embassy in Nepal’s capital Kathmandu is monitoring the situation in Simikot region, about 420 km from Kathmandu.

The officials of the several state governments have spoken to some stranded pilgrims. As many of them are from Karnataka, the state government said all the pilgrims from the state are safe, a report said.

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Meanwhile, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu has also asked his state government officials to help the pilgrims from the state who are stranded in Nepal. Another group of pilgrims from Andhra Pradesh, travelling to Kailash Mansarovar via Uttarakhand, are standard in Pithoragarh, the report said.

In Nepal’s Simikot, Indian Embassy officials are providing medical aid to all the elderly pilgrims. Bad weather in the mountainous region is affecting the efforts to find alternative routes for evacuating the Indian. It will also look into the possibility of evacuation by helicopters for critical cases, the report said.

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A Twitter user informed the Indian Embassy that several Indians have been stranded in Simikot for the five days. The Embassy tweeted, “Mission is aware of the situation and is taking all necessary action for safety and comfort of the pilgrims.”

The Indian Embassy’s emergency helpline number in Kathmandu is +977 985-1107006.

Indians in big numbers undertake the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra every year. Kailash Mansarovar is believed to be the seat of Lord Shiva. Pilgrims travel at high altitudes of 19,500 feet. The traditional trekking route is inhospitable and rugged, it was reported.

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