Are you planning to go on the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra next year? Then, this is the time to start planning for the journey. The Kailash Mansarovar Yatra is no casual trip that one takes on a whim, it needs planning and quite a bit of preparation. The Yatra is also one of the holiest pilgrimages you can make as a devotee. Here’s all you need to know about the journey of a lifetime!
Choose who to go with:
The first decision you need to make sure is whether you want to go with the Government of India or with a private tour operator.
GOI: You will have to choose between two routes, one, through the Nathu-La Pass and second, through Lipulekh Pass. It will take you about 21 - 24 days if you choose to go with one of the routes recommended by the Ministry of External Affairs of India.
Private tour operator: Many people choose to go with a private tour operator. This way, you can choose to go by helicopter or over land route. It can take you anything between 5 and 14 days if you choose a reputed private tour operator. How to apply for Kailash Mansarovar Yatra with a private tour operator? If you choose to do the Yatra with a private agency instead of the government, the application process will be as follows:
Download PDF application form: Go to the website of the private agency you have chosen and download the PDF application form.
Fill up the form: It is crucial that you provide correct information in the form. Whether it is spelling mistakes, or errors regarding age, wrong information may reject your application.
Send documents: The private tour operator will need a few of your documents to start preparing for the Yatra. You have to send the scanned copies of the documents they need on email. Valid passport is must along with photographs and medical certificate from an MBBS doctor.
If you choose to do the Kailash Yatra with a private tour operator, it is important to choose a reputed agency. This will go a long way in ensuring that your journey is comfortable and memorable one. In India, Trip To Temples is the number one agency for Kailash Mansarover Yatra.
How to apply for Kailash Mansarovar Yatra with the GOI?
Go to website: The first thing you need to do is go to the website of Ministry Of External Affairs for Kailash Mansarover Yatra and apply. You have to choose between two routes so that preference is known when the lots are drawn.
Number of pilgrims: For the Nathu-la pass route, there will be 18 batches of 60 pilgrims each who will get to go annually. For the Lipulekha pass route, 5 batches of 50 pilgrims each will get to go annually.
Costs involved: For a pilgrim going by the Nathu-la pass route, it will cost around Rs 1.5 lakh while for someone going by the Lipulekha pass route, it will cost around Rs 1.7 lakh. You have to pay the money only after the selection has been done.
What you need: You need a few things to apply. You need to send a scanned recent passport photo of yours, a scanned passport, your email address, and your phone number. Your passport should be valid and have at least 6 months left on the day of start of the journey. This is crucial.
Medical fitness: You will need to be medically tested in Delhi before the commencement of the journey. This will be done by a doctor and if you fail to make the parameters required for the Yatra, you will be disqualified. Thus, it is extremely important that you have a fit and active lifestyle if you decide to go for the Yatra. To make sure you pass the medical examinations, it is integral that you start an exercise regimen, eat well-balanced meals and take your medicines regularly.
Documents needed after selection: If you are lucky enough to be selected for the Kailash Yatra, you will need to submit a few documents such as an indemnity bond that states that you are going on the journey at your own risk. You also need to produce an undertaking for evacuation by helicopter in case there is an emergency. You also need to sign a consent form which declares that your mortal remains will be cremated on the Chinese side if you die.
Regarding false information: It is very important that you don’t provide any false information on your application to the GOI. If you are guilty of this, your application will be rejected.
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