Foreign Policy Watch: India-China

Kailash Yatra via Nathu La to resume: MEA

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Mains Paper 2: IR | Effect of policies & politics of developed & developing countries on India’s interests, Indian diaspora

From UPSC perspective, the following things are important:

Prelims level: Kailash Mansarovar Yatra, Nathu La pass, Lipulekh pass

Mains level: Standoff between India-China over border disputes

Nathu La pass to reopen

  1. China has confirmed restarting of the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra through the Nathu La pass
  2. The trek through the Nathu La pass was cancelled by China in June last year

Why was the pass closed?

  1. Face-off between Indian and Chinese troops along the India-China border led to the cancellation of the Kailash-Mansarovar Yatra through the Nathu La pass in Sikkim

Alternative route

  1. Pilgrimage through the more difficult Lipulekh route through Uttarakhand remained open


Kailash Mansarovar Yatra

  1. Lake Manasarovar or Mapam Yumtso is the highest body of freshwater lake in the world, fed by the Kailash Glacier
  2. It is present near Mount Kailash in Tibet Autonomous Region
  3. The lake is revered a sacred place in four religions: Bön, Buddhism, Jainism and Hinduism
  4. Lake Manasarovar has long been viewed by the pilgrims as being nearby to the sources of four great rivers of Asia, namely the Brahmaputra, Ghaghara, Sindhu and Sutlej
  5. Pilgrimage tours are organized regularly from India, the most famous of which is the yearly “Kailash Manas Sarovar Yatra”
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