Kumar’s Photo Diary (Part 1 of 10) — Kailash Manasarovar Yatra 2011

NOTE: NOTE: You can choose language for captions (Telugu or English) by clicking on "CC" (Closed Captions) symbol at the bottom right corner of the video window and selecting the language. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Part 1 of 10: Getting Ready ----------------------------------------Every year, Ministry of External Affairs, India sends 16 batches of pilgrims to Kailash Manasarovar in Tibet (China). Up to 60 candidates will be selected per batch through draw of lots from thousands of applicants. Every candidate in each batch will be subjected thorough medical examination at Delhi Heart and Lung Institute and then Indo Tibetan Border Police base hospital in New Delhi.After 3 days (4 days for batch 14 due to Independence Day holiday on August 15th) of medical tests, visa processing formalities in New Delhi, pilgrims start their 27-day journey. The 16 batches start at an interval of 6 days from end of May till end of August.There is no all inclusive package for this pilgrimage. Since payment will be collected by respective service providers along the way, if journey is cancelled in between for any reason, there will be no much loss. Since required medical tests are performed before the journey starts, chances of pilgrims getting sick on the way are very minimal (compared to other alternative routes available for Kailash Manasarovar Yatra).This pilgrimage starts from New Delhi, primarily passes through Indian state of Uttarakhand. Pilgrims do not need to enter into Nepal during the course of the journey. But they walk along Kali River which is acting as the border between India and Nepal.Pilgrims going on this pilgrimage through Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) get support from several government organizations such as MEA, Kumaon Mandal Vikas Nigam (KMVN), Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), Uttarakhand government, Uttarakhand Police, Tibetan tourism. These organizations not only keep tracking the well being of the pilgrims all along, they also update the status of each individual on the journey in the web sites maintained by ITBP. Several non-government (voluntary) organizations including licensed porters and pony-men play a great role in successfully carrying out this pilgrimage every year.