Put Off Kailash Yatra: China

New Delhi, May 22: | Updated: May 23 2003, 05:30am hrs
China has advised Indian authorities that the Kailash Manasarovar yatra 2003 be postponed, as it wants to ensure that the Tibet autonomous region remains SARS-free.

The yatra through the Lipulekh Pass is being postponed till such time as India is advised by the Chinese authorities that Tibet is once again open for foreign tourists.

Till such time as the latter clarification is received, the draw for selection of yatris is being postponed. The draw will be held once it is confirmed that the yatra can go ahead.

Depending upon the quantum of the delay, the number of yatris and the number of batches that can be sent will have to be adjusted appropriately.