Feb 15, New Delhi
The first batch of 50 Indian pilgrims to take the new route via Nathula in Sikkim to Kailash Mansarovar in Tibetan Autonomous Region will crossover on June 21.
The 14,400 feet high Nathula, the pass at the Indo-China border in east Sikkim, will be formally opened for the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra on June 20.
Sikkim Tourism and Civil Aviation Secretary C Zangpo said and pilgrims would be allowed to move through it a day later.
He said things have progressed at a very fast pace for this alternative route.
Tourism officials said online bookings for application for the pilgrimage will be done through the website of the Ministry of External Affairs from February 22.