After the meeting of the Foreign Ministers of both nations, the External Affairs Ministry spokesperson told that Sushma Swaraj has demanded an alternate route for the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra and an increase in the quota of pilgrims.

In the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra organized by foreign ministry each year, China provides visa to 1,080 pilgrims in different batches. The pilgrims complete their journey from Shashi region in China to Tibet in 22 days.

It needs to be noted here that India has been demanding an alternate route from Shipki La region for a long time. Presently, the pilgrims use Lipulekh pass in Tibet for Kailash Mansarovar Yatra.

The pilgrims face several inconvenience related to medication and communication while travelling in the difficult terrains. Regarding this, last year, the Chinese Government had assured Indian pilgrims to provide them with SIM cards and other communication facilities.

Last year, due to floods in Uttarakhand and Himanchal Pradesh on 16th June, Kailash Mansarovar Yatra was terminated.

Meanwhile, the foreign ministers of India and China also decided to soon start a journal on cultural relations of both nations.

In order to increase the cultural exchange between India and China, both countries have also given their consent on coming up with translations of well-known and contemporary literary works.


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