Thursday, June 17, 2010

ITBP discovers ancient route to Kailash Mansarovar

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    • The Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) has discovered a lost trekking stretch connected to the Kailash Mansarovar pilgrimage route and documented all related information in a book released Thursday.

      The stretch, from Gala to Kathgodam, was discovered after a team of the ITBP's 7th battalion embarked on a project to trace those routes that once 'formed a part of the ancient route of the fabled Kailash-Mansarovar yatra', Commandant A.P.S. Nimbadia said.

      Nimbadia, the chief of the battalion based at Mirthi in Uttarakhand's border district of Pithoragarh, was leading the team that conducted six expeditions to trace the route.

    • Nimbadia said the rediscovered route can serve as an alternative stretch to the pilgrimage to Mount Kailash, considered to be the abode of Hindu Lord Shiva. The mountain lies near the Mansarovar lake in Tibet.
    • Nimbadia said he hit upon the idea of exploring long-lost routes because pilgrims have to suffer a lot due to rains and landslides on the route that they take now.
    • 'I thought they could have been immediately rescued if we had even a slight idea about those long lost trekking routes forming a part of the ancient Kailash Mansarovar yatra route. In case of any calamity, we don't have alternative routes to provide relief to and rescue pilgrims. This route, if revived can be used in case of an emergency,' he said.
    • 'It is even said that Dogra warrior Zorawar Singh and his army followed the same route before they attacked Tibet and conquered it.'
    • ITBP Director General R.K. Bhatia released the book and praised the 'inspiring achievements' of Nimbadia.

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