The first batch of 47 Indian pilgrims was on their way to Kailash Mansarovar through the Nathu La pass in Sikkim, but they have been stopped by Chinese authorities and asked to go back. China has said that there have been heavy rains and major landslides in the route due to which roads have been severely damaged. Due to this, China has denied entry to Indian pilgrims who were on their way to Kailash Mansarovar. It may be recalled that Kailash Mansarovar is one of the most revered holy places for Hindus. The pilgrimage to Kailash Mansarovar is also one of the toughest in the world and pilgrims have to first pass various tests to qualify for the journey.
The pilgrims had arrived in Sikkim and they were supposed to cross over to the Chinese side on their journey to Kailash Mansarovar. However, Chinese authorities said that they were concerned about the safety of Indian pilgrims, which is why it cannot allow them to proceed. But, Chinese authorities also said that they would open the route as soon as the roads are fixed and risks have been removed. Since it may take several more days to fix the roads, the pilgrims have returned to their respective states.